Hermès Hosts Cardboard Party In Honor Of New Boutique

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The cardboard setting for the event
The cardboard setting for the event

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Late last week, the fine folks of the South Bay were treated to a fantastical event hosted by one of France’s oldest luxury houses. In honor of its new Palo Alto boutique at the Stanford Shopping Center, Hermès threw a glamorous party in an unusual setting—landscapes made entirely out of cardboard.

Ties on display in the new boutique
Ties on display in the new boutique

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

Designed by the Parisian architecture firm, RDAI, the storefront is the handbag house’s 34th store in the United States. The agency’s Denis Montel created the freestanding 380 square-meter space with a one-story open plan with large windows, a central skylight, and modern details. According to the brand, the new store represents “a marriage of state-of-the-art technology and traditional craft” that celebrates the handmade, while moving swiftly into the future.

Eric du Halgouet, Olivier Fournier, Wilfred Guerrand, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Charlotte Davis, Rusty Ravenscraft, Axel Dumas, Robert Chavez, Guillaume De Seynes and Florian Craen
Eric du Halgouet, Olivier Fournier, Wilfried Guerrand, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Charlotte David, Jeff Ellis, Axel Dumas, Robert Chavez, Guillaume De Seynes and Florian Craen

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

In a statement, Robert B. Chavez, the president and CEO of Hermès USA said, “We look forward to offering a warm welcome and exceptional service to a new community of clients from the surrounding area, including entrepreneurs and innovators engaged in the fast-evolving technology industry headquartered in this dynamic region of the country.” The new shop is an elegant and refined setting for the brand’s luxe merchandise (handbags, home goods, jewelry, etc.) and its collection of art including digital installations by artists like Eric Vernhes.

Jony Ive and Pierre-Alexis Dumas
Jony Ive and Pierre-Alexis Dumas

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After Hermès representatives performed the ribbon cutting ceremony, esteemed guests were invented inside to check out the shop. Then the group moved into an event space made entirely out of cardboard, an installation from artist Eva Jospin. There was a modern dance performance and plenty of food and drink. Notables in attendance at the opening? Apple’s Jony and Heather Ive, Cisco’s Chuck Robbins, and the 49ers’ Jeff Williams.

Delphine Quarante-Bauer and Henri-Louis Bauer
Delphine Quarante-Bauer and Henri-Louis Bauer

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Axel Dumas and Robert Chavez
Axel Dumas and Robert Chavez

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Atmosphere
Atmosphere

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Olga Dubrovsky, left
Olga Dubrovsky, left

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Jean-Philippe Louis and Antionette Louis
Jean-Philippe Louis and Antionette Louis

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Jessica Fisher and Sako Fisher
Jessica Fisher and Sako Fisher

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Atmosphere
Atmosphere

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Stella Bugbee and Lauren Kern
Stella Bugbee and Lauren Kern

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A performance
A performance

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Joey Yu
Joey Yu

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Du Crueblic
Du Crueblic

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Ilana Graves and Marci Lamb
Ilana Graves and Marci Lamb

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A performance
A performance

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Anne-Sophie Deneve and Allison Speer
Anne-Sophie Deneve and Allison Speer

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Atmosphere
Atmosphere

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Sylvia Curiata and Suada Rrahmine
Sylvia Curiata and Suada Rrahmine

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer

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