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Le Plongeoir Hermes

Left Bank flagship of Hermes with home line, bookstore and café

Hours Mon. " Sat. 11am-7pm
Phone
www.hermes.com

France

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It’s the second largest Hermes store in the French capital, opened in late-2010 along Rue de Sèvre along the Left Bank. In lieu of gentile glass cases of watches and silken scarves, the entrance of this location is a fragrant one with flower shop of abstract and avant-garde arrangements by celebrity Parisian florist Baptiste Pitou. Inside, a surprisingly informal loft-style space is housed within the former swimming pool space of the Lutetia Hotel built in the early 1930s. Reconfigured with oversize wooden huts by Denis Montel, the micro-spaces feature a vast array of Hermes La Maison that’s the line’s pricey home furnishings collection ranging from tabletop artwork to the Pippa travel line of surprisingly light and durable pearwood construction. The upper level, however, is the best find of all and features the first ever 30-seat Hermes café and tea house called Le Plongeoir, or the diving board, offering a bistro menu of club sandwiches, rare teas and homemade pastries served on an incredible selection of Hermes porcelain and silver spoons for all.

Tips

Hermes does lavish Left Bank store with selection of housewares and home furnishing capped-off with dainty café with all-day menu.

Last Word

The Left Bank stores feature the home furnsings of Jean-Michel Frank, the man originally commissioned in the 1920s to create a line of now-iconic furniture utilizing Hermes’ signature leathers.

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