Hermès unveils expanded Oahu boutique
Parisian fashion house Hermès has unveiled a newly expanded Waikiki boutique on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
The boutique, which has been open since 1989, is located at the Royal Hawaiian Center near the famous pastel pink Royal Hawaiian hotel, and was built with the initial intention of capitalizing on the growing number of tourists from the continental U.S., Japan and other regions of the Pacific, the fashion house said.
The newly renovated store now expands across three floors for a total retail area of 7,900 square feet, with a first floor featuring the label's famous silks as well as perfumes, accessories, leather goods, watches and jewelry. The store's second floor is stocked with Hermès' men’s and home items, and its third floor is dedicated exclusively to the label's women’s category, complete with a private salon.
The boutique’s exterior maintains its original concrete structure and features large show windows as well as beaded sculptures by Mexican-American artist Raul de Nieves. Inside, a three-level staircase ascends along both the exterior and interior walls, while slatted wood partitions create divisions on each floor.
Venetian stucco walls in lighter and darker brown tones as well as straw wallpaper located in the jewelry and salon areas, designed to emulate Hawaii’s landscape. Inspired by the original design in the Hermès Faubourg Saint-Honoré store, the Waikiki boutique also features two multi-colored mosaics, both featuring brown glass centerpieces.
The Oahu store’s renovation follows the re-opening of Hermès’ Ala Moana Center store in 2016.
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