|The back window, featuring “Photo Finish” by Dimitri Rybaltchenko.|
When I read over at Racked NY last month that Hermès had opened a pop-up Silk Bar in Grand Central through January 2015, I was intrigued. I wondered what the vibe would be since the feel of the Madison Avenue boutique, and the Broad Street store (next to the New York Stock Exchange), could not be more different. Madison Avenue is sometimes not so great, I have had mixed customer service experiences there, while Broad Street is always top-notch—professional, informed, friendly, helpful. Give me Broad Street any day of the week!
I happened to be close to Grand Central a couple of weeks ago so decided to look for the boutique. It is nestled in a spot close to the food market and by the escalators leading to the food court below.
|The side window, with “Le Songe de la Licorn” by Anne Faivre.|
|The front of the store. Photo by The Shophound.|
It is the tiniest little shop you can imagine. Only two cases of goods, which are scarves, ties for men, and enamel bracelets. Two sales associates were behind the counter and there was only room for maybe three or four other people in the store at most.
They did not have the scarf I wanted to visit with in person, but one of the sales associates was wearing a scarf I instantly recognized, “Le Laboratoire du Temps,” and when I said that I had the same one in a different colorway we got to talking about it! She told me she had gotten the scarf’s artist, Pierre Marie, to sign it for her when she met him in person and she was so sweet to take it off and show me the signature. I mentioned to her the same thing I wrote about in “How I Wear My: Favorite Color,” that I first thought the scarf would be way too whimsical for me. I mean, there are little cartoon drawings on it showing some of mankind’s achievements throughout history, like the moon landing in 1969 and disco in 1977 (both great achievements, by the way). However, the minute you start playing with that scarf, glorious mosaic pieces of color begin to appear, in every shade of blue you can imagine (along with quite a few shades of green and lavender).
|Detail of “Le Laboratoire du Temps” by Pierre Marie.|
The lovely SA, who was so charming and clearly a huge fan of Hermès scarf designs, also told me that Pierre Marie, as I had guessed, designed the new scarf website, Le Maison des Carrés.
It was wonderful to speak with someone who is as much of a fan of H silks as I am and if you have to have that amazing Hermès scarf before you catch your next train or subway, I highly recommend this tiny boutique nestled in Grand Central!