Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, closed
N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.
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There's a heady whiff of old money the minute you step into Hermes' plush, wood-paneled confines—quite literally in fact, since the air carries the faint scent of its signature perfumes. The brand’s men's-only section outgrew its basement space in its sister store, and, in February 2010, moved into a slimmer, four-floor building right across the street. There are two long rows of ties as soon as you enter, arranged in an aesthetically pleasing color progression: yellow to green to orange to pink on one side, plaids and blues on the other. Elsewhere on the first floor are display cases with various leather goods (at $315, the iPod holster costs more than the device; anybody in the market for a $8,500 burnt sienna baseball mitt?), diamond-encrusted cufflinks, and immaculately folded dress shirts. The second and third floors, respectively, play host to Hermes' "sportswear" (weekend baller clothes) and "city life" (suiting) collections: expect bold colors and fine fabrics, delivered in a manner faithful to their roots as a Parisian saddle shop. The top floor is reserved for bespoke services, where you can get fitted for anything from a classic black tuxedo suit to a flashy red crocodile skin jacket.Grooms
Hermès’s sleek cuff links and hand-folded silk-twill ties make a tuxedo even more debonair. Elegant pocket squares and cummerbunds are available too. Expect master craftsmanship and classic designs, many of which boast the iconic H.