An Orange Moon Curates Hermes!
What a dream this was! On Saturday morning at around 11:45am, 15 minutes before open, a couple of “well-bagged” ladies were peering through the picture window of the shop. I unlocked the door and welcomed them in. They introduced themselves in a mixture of French, their native tongue, and a bit of broken English. They handed me their card and stated they were from Hermes. I gave them the “elevator eye,” and asked how I could be of service. The older woman of the 2 giggled a bit and asked if I had any Red wine. I said sure and quickly set up ONE bottle of Red along with some Brie and French bread. (Thank you Whole Foods.)
The woman reported they had just arrived from Paris and were here to look over our inventory. They stated they had heard about us in PARIS and had plans to do a PRIVATE event at their flagship store on the Gold Coast here in Chicago. My response? I was thinking O-M-G, but managed to eek out “SURE!”
The ladies continued to look about our shop and purchased tons of small items that could fit into the overhead of the plane. At that point I quickly opened a second bottle of Red. Boy, these ladies were serious about their wine. And NO JUDGEMENT, as I am a TEQUILA EVANGELIST.
They videotaped me on the spot, in a short commercial of sorts, and informed me to look for the call in a week or so. They finished up their nosh, we finished up at check out and they pointed behind me and asked to see my bag. My bag, I thought as I turned to pick it up from behind the counter. My bag was a Yves Saint Laurent Toffee colored dream. Nothing like the BIRKINS they carried. The ladies spoke in French to each other, nodding and cooing as they critiqued my bag. I’m not sure but according to their inflection and body language, I think it was a rave review.
Above the infamous ORANGE Birkin made millennium famous by the SEX IN THE CITY episode “The Birkin.”
But I digress. We got the call and I was blown away at the professionalism, UBER design level that is a staple with Hermes and the offer to choose whatever we felt would work in their Rush street store space.
Lastly a letter of love sent to me after the event. Its our greatest vintage achievement thus far!
Goddess of WOW!