Hermès, the famed Parisian retailer that offers home furnishings, silks, jewelry, perfumes, ready-to-wear fashion, and other luxury goods, opens a new store today on the ground floor of Somerset Collection South in Troy. The 3,154-square-foot location is Hermès’ first address in Michigan.
The new space evokes the region’s landscapes with materials and finishes inspired by and mostly sourced in North America. Under the creative direction of RDAI, a Parisian architecture agency, the house’s signature French know-how is infused into an atmosphere influenced by area lakes, forests, and rock formations.
The store façade was honed St. Clair stone, an American stone defined by its tones of blue and gray. The design was crafted in a pattern inspired by that of a chevron and the structure of a feather.
The interior’s central point is demarcated by three granite monoliths and a wooden grid displaying Hermès’ silk collections, which greets customers upon arrival. Around the space is a series of alcoves devoted to Hermès métiers, each with its own ambience within the store’s arc of natural elements.
Upon entering, the enamel and leather bracelets from the fashion accessories métier combine with the latest designs from the women’s and men’s silk collections. To the right are Hermès perfumes as well as Beauty, a new métier featuring the first expressions of the makeup line, including Rouge and Rose Hermès collections and their limited editions.
A few steps further lead to the equestrian area alongside collections for the home, set in shades of blue and brown. Anchoring the center of the store are leather goods, defined by the earthy tones of light brown and warm gray stone walls.
The aesthetic through-lines are American oak floors, chosen specifically to highlight the natural knots in the wood, as well as bespoke carpets. Designed to recall the rings of a tree trunk and done in a color gradient of warm ochre and brown to cool blue, the carpets connect the leather space to watches and jewelry.
Floral fabrics and wooden wall coverings evoke the tranquility of nature further into the store, providing an intimate space for clients to be immersed in Hermès ready-to-wear and shoe collections for women and men.
Traditional Grecques lighting of molded glass globes, designed specifically for Hermès in 1925, also enhance the ready-to-wear, watches and jewelry areas, and the VIP suite.
“We are excited to be moving into a new state for Hermès, Michigan, says Robert B. Chavez, president and CEO of Hermès USA. “We are honored to join the Troy community at the Somerset Collection, bringing Hermès culture and craft to the heartland of American ingenuity and industry.”
The 30th store in the U.S., the Troy location will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The company was founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès, and at first it produced bridles and harnesses for the carriage industry before offering handmade leather luggage and handbags.