At the intersection of King Street and Castlereagh Street, stands Hermès’ new Sydney flagship store. Situated in the heritage-listed The Trust Building, this was the city’s first pioneering skyscraper.
Through the original arched doorway of the 1914 Trust Building, guests are greeted by a bright, airy space, with natural light pouring through the heritage framed windows revealing blue tones in the original marble, complementing the white-finished stucco.
A sensory journey of space, light and charm, the store’s arresting architecture blends the patina and authenticity from the original 1930s interior with a modern allure inspired by the light and the landscape of Australia. An organic staircase, crafted by hand, provides the gravitational pull at the heart of the store, inviting the discovery of the full range of Hermès collections from the equestrian universe to the men’s and women’s universes. For the first time, Hermès homeware and uniquely sublime furniture pieces will be displayed, together with the complete range of tableware and home collections.
The ground floor sees Hermès guide clients through jewellery and watches, flanked by silk collections on either side. An intimate corner is dedicated to the all-important leather universe while a new métier, Hermès Beauty, is showcased with an expansive wall of perfumes.
The focal point of the store is that opulent, winding, staircase. Conceived by Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the spiral staircase is swept in marble and ash wood which has been fashioned by steam and hand, playing to the aforementioned inspiration of nature with it said to be a reference to the Australian Banyan Tree.
Above guests will find a mezzanine level, set to be home to in-store exhibitions, downstairs they’ll reach the lower ground floor which sees the equestrian universe alongside men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and shoe collections.
Special objects, developed specifically for the Sydney store can also be found, including a Birkin bag, with French artist AM. Cassandre’s Perspective design – embossed in gold leaf no less – alongside a limited edition silk scarf, a surfboard and a skateboard all brandishing the same design.
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