Located in Center 66 at the heart of Wuxi‘s Liangxi District, the new Hermes store is spread over a two-level space is architecturally inspired by water and stone. The facade is influenced by classic Ming temple roofs. The store’s vertical hardwood floors reveal a dark-blue tone, and its curved shape, which is also seen in the ceilings and the central staircase, reflects the Yangtze River’s serpentine flow, while opaque wood panels separate the store’s interior from the outside world.
The first level includes fragrances, women’s silk, fashion jewellery, and men’s silk. It also has a department for men’s ready-to-wear and an area for men’s shoes. The dark-blue ceramic staircase has a bronze guard rail that looks like rain. Level two houses women’s ready-to-wear and shoe areas, along with equestrian accessories, homeware collections, jewelry, watches, and a private lounge.
The floor on each storey is made of granite grey stone that is emphasised by two mosaic carpets with the Faubourg design. Their design, punctuated with dark-blue and pale-yellow tones, is reminiscent of the pasting of the bas-relief in the Chenghuang temple from the Ming period. The curved ceilings above the beige plaster walls, which are highlighted with light oak wood, complete the store’s mineral nature. The design was made by Parisian architecture firm RDAI.
The opening marks the 34th address for Hermès in the country, asserting its anchorage in the prosperous Jiangsu province, often referred to as the “land of rice and fish.”