Renowned for its Birkins, Kellys and other handmade luggage and handbags, the French luxury fashion house has recently been capitalizing in the capital of the United States. Hermès hosted a dinner in Washington to celebrate its new store in the city.
Hermès marked the opening of its 6,000-square-foot store at Washington’s new luxury shopping destination CityCenterDC with a dinner at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium for 120 local clients who made it to the guest list for being deep-pocketed shoppers at Hermès. Though officialy, it was stated that the guests were a mix of “businessmen and women, top clients, as well as equestrians and friends of the house,” it is heard that the invitees had to reach a minimum annual purchase total of at least $85,000 at Hermès to be included.
Hermes’ high-profile celebration boasted of it signature ‘savoir faire’ of style and the most dramatic flair of the four-course meal. Conceptualized by Tribeca-based caterer Olivier Cheng, the dinner spread out with foie gras, golden cauliflower veloute, pea-crusted lamb loin, and a special ‘flower pot’ dessert. Hermès also spared no expense in upping the ante at the dinner by hiring 60 servers from New York City who underwent three costume changes during the evening.
Though it isn’t tough to step into Hermès store and spend thousands of dollars in just few minutes, not many were eligible to make it to the VIP evening of the grand opening of the newest Hermes boutique at CityCenter.