Hermes and Burberry are opening stores in the Pacific Northwest for the first time.
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In fall 2009, Hermès plans to open a 2,100-square-foot store in The Shops at The Bravern, a European-inspired office, residential and retail complex opening next year in Bellevue, Wash.
Hermès joins several other luxury businesses marking their entries into the Pacific Northwest by moving into The Bravern, including Neiman Marcus, Bottega Veneta, Jimmy Choo and Red Door Spa. The David Barton Gym, Louis Vuitton and two local restaurants, John Howie Steak and Wild Ginger, also will be part of the retail mix. Bellevue is an affluent city, just east of Seattle.
“Hermès sets the standard for impeccable craftsmanship and customer service,” said Tom Woodworth, a spokesman and senior investment director for Schnitzer West, developer of The Bravern. The 1.6 million-square-foot Bravern will have 305,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, with a 125,000-square-foot Neiman’s serving as the anchor. The complex also will include two condominium towers, and two office buildings that have been leased to Microsoft. The 5-acre site is being designed as an outdoor village, reminiscent of shopping promenades in European cities, with arrival courts, piazzas and a subterranean parking garage.
Burberry plans to open a 3,179-square-foot shop in the Shangri-la Hotel in Vancouver at the end of October. The unit marks Burberry’s first store in Canada.
The unit will showcase the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear from the Burberry Prorsum and Burberry London collections as well as luxury accessories including handbags, shoes, jewelry, fragrance and eyewear.
The interior will reflect the new store design concept developed by Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey.