Text: Aran Cravey
Image: Jennifer Vinopal
The airy, tri-level store on Rue de Sèvres in the 6th arrondissement was originally created to house the swimming pool for the Hotel Lutetia during its grand dame era of the 1930’s.
In keeping with the company’s proud reverence for the elegance of the past, architect Denis Montel and RDAI agency maintained the spirit of the historic landmark’s Art Deco interior, while bringing an innovative and whimsical approach to the signature Hermès style.
Overlooking the scene, on the floor above is the aptly named café, Le Plongeoir (The Diving Board), where shoppers can relax with a generous selection of teas and snacks after a thorough lap through Hermès’ bounty of accessories, clothing, fragrances, jewelry, interiors, luggage, and (now) bookstore filled with handsome volumes on art and fashion.
17 rue de Sèvres, 6th
Ph. 01 42 22 80 83
Hours M-Sat 10:30am-7pm
Metro: Sevres-Babylonne (10,12)