October 30, 2015
Luxury Retailer Hermes Opens at River Oaks District
French luxury retailer Hermès is among the latest stores to open at the high-end, mixed-useRiver Oaks Districtdevelopment.
Shoppers were welcomed into the store Friday morning, browsing through the 10,000-square-foot, two-story boutique at the center of the retail area of the development.
Hermès has been in Houston since 1988, first at the Pavilion on Post Oak then at a temporary site for a few years. The retailer was awaiting the right location for a permanent store, and that opportunity came with River Oaks District, Hermès U.S. president and CEO Robert Chavez said.
The project's ambiance and its location -- along Westheimer Road adjacent to the River Oaks neighborhood and inside Loop 610 -- were selling points, Chavez said.
"Most importantly for us, we felt that we could really express our brand identity here by having this corner building on two floors with all these unique architectural elements we have inside the boutique," Chavez said.
The Houston store, like all other Hermès locations worldwide, was designed by Paris-based architectural firm RDAI. The design includes terrazzo flooring with the company's trademark "ex-libris" emblem inlaid as a mosaic at the front door.
In Hermès' more than a quarter-century in the Houston luxury retail market, Chavez said Houston has become a major international city in that time, with energy and other business ties bringing in travelers from the Middle East and Latin America and leisure shoppers.
"Our international business has grown significantly, and we've broadened our local client base, as well, because I think people have discovered Hermès on their own and that's what's really bringing people into the shop," Chavez said.
More retailers have opened since River Oaks District officially opened Oct. 1. Bonobos, the luxury men's retailer, jeweler Patek Phillipe at de Boulle, French and Italian boutique Moncler, among others also have opened.
The luxury movie theater, iPic, is scheduled to open during the first week of November.
Some construction continues, including finishing touches on office space and 300 apartments, with plans for a hotel and additional office space in the future.
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