Hermès in Shanghai

Hermès in Shanghai

Courtesy of Shang Xia
Courtesy of Shang Xia

What do you get when Hermès goes to Shanghai? Shang Xia—Mandarin for “up and down.” The sleek 1,345-square-foot store, with its white oak floors and cloud-like molded walls, was developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma under the direction of designer Jiang Qiong Er. Inside you’ll find a collection made using indigenous Chinese materials: handwoven Mongolian cashmere and felt coats inspired by the Han dynasty; silk-blend kimono-style dresses; leather slippers; dragon-themed pearl jewelry; and porcelain, jade, and bamboo tea sets. It’s a nod to the country’s past, present, and future.

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