Hermes has launched a giant store on Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo, the maison’s first free-standing store in the city since the opening of Hermes Ginza in 2001.
Spanning 488sqm over two floors, the store pays tribute to local artists, “a testimony to Hermes’ strong relationship with Japan,” the company said.
The store facade incorporates the historic stone wall preserved by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI. The copper-toned stainless-steel grid creates depth and light to the exterior, resembling light and shadows intermingle in a bamboo grove.
Hermes Omotesando houses several artwork, including the Ex-Libris in mosaic, a Leporello of unique drawings by French artist Francois Houtin, and a bamboo sculpture created by Shoryu Honda. Walls are covered in wood panelling and bamboo marquetry, accented by fluid curves.
Meanwhile, the floor features green stones sourced in Asia and laid in a pattern resembling Japanese tatami mats. Custom rugs with a hue reminiscent of forest moss lend a softness to the space.
The second floor features a selection of special products created for the launch, including a skateboard and a surfboard, both revisited in special edition with Jan Bajtlik’s design Cheval de Fête, and uniquely numbered Mega Chariot carrés and ties by Daiske Nomura. A newly unveiled Hermes bike made of ash wood will also be displayed.
Hermes Omotesando houses a selection of fashion jewellery, perfume, leather goods and silk collections. The store also offers Hermes’ beauty line, including the Rouge Hermes lipstick collection.