Yes people. I was there. On the Rive Gauche in Paris. In Hermes. In Paris. On the Rive Gauche.
As I piled on the layers this morning and trudged through this crazy cold weather out to my formerly cute, now salt-covered and ice-storm-damaged VW bug, it seems REALLY REALLY far away.
But I was there. Eating crêpes and drinking wine and walking through Paris in the spring. Actually it was freezing cold and snowy, but I’m going to leave that out of the memory for now.
I flipped through some Paris pics today and I thought I would share these shots of the Hermes flagship store. Even if $1200 scarves are not in your budget, you will enjoy the stunning interiors of this former pool turned luxury boutique.
I walked in sopping wet from the rain, and the doorman silently handed me a special umbrella bag to hold my wet umbrella. I was actually pretty happy about that since the bag had a nice Hermes logo on it, which meant I would be walking out with something from Hermes.
Right after I entered I saw a very fashionable and slightly scary woman attendant at a desk. I nervously approached and asked permission to take some photos. Because if you’re a blogger who has been in Paris more than 2 days, you know that only barbarians take photos without first asking permission. Those same barbarians who try to hail cabs from anywhere other than an official taxi stand.
Here is a shot of the main staircase, where you descend into the pool area to start your shopping. Or staring. Whatever the case may be.
I discretely took these photos, which was fine with Hermes until I got too close to the actual luxury merchandise, photos of which are apparently not permitted. No matter, just seeing the interior made the visit worth it.
This boutique is located in the former pool of the Hotel Lutetia, built in the 1930s and the location of Paris’ oldest swimming club. You can see the original mosaic tiling and wrought ironwork. Designed by French architects RDAI, the highlights of the space are three giant woven ash huts that create sculptural enclosed spaces.
This is the view inside one of the huts.
This store is a must see on any trip to Paris. And make sure to ask for an umbrella bag.
Hermes, 17 Rue de Sevres, St Germain des Pres, Paris, France