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The upscale French retailer is best known for its classic leather handbags; the coveted Kelly and Birkin bags, named for Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin, respectively, can fetch prices that exceed a year’s Ivy League tuition. (The bags are emphatically not in stock, but special-ordered, often requiring a two- to three-year wait. Patience is an expensive virtue.) The store also carries a full line of luxurious men’s and women’s clothing, elegant housewares that give a new meaning to domestic art, as well as shoes and accessories, quite a few carry a relatively manageable three-digit price tag. Items like china and cufflinks are frozen behind glass cases, making Hermes feel more as much museum as store; at the lavish four-level Madison Avenue outpost, the top floor does actually house a gallery.
Key DepartmentsMen's Scarves
The iconic Hermes silk scarves and ties are colorful without being loud, and are available in scores of different shades and designs. Scarves range in price from a three figures (for a hand-rolled silk neck scarf) to four figures plus for a generous cashmere shawl.Children's Clothing
An oft-overlooked section of Hermes is the merchandise for coddled kids, which includes tiny and adorable terry bathrobes, wool and cashmere baby blankets in pale pastels, booties, and a woolen plush “Hermes Horse” toy.Cuff Links
Hermès’ sleek cuff links and hand-folded silk twill ties ($145) make a tuxedo even more debonair. Expect nothing less than master craftmanship and classic designs, many of which boast the ever-iconic signature H-stamp. Popular sterling H-bearing examples include the traditional Eclipse ($380) and modern Cipy cuff links ($405).Registry
Pick your favorites from a list of luxe items like cashmere blankets and beautiful teapots.