C California Style

Inside the HERMèS boutique. Photography by Drew Altizer. 
Cardboard sculptures by EVA JOSPIN were on display opening night. Photography by Drew Altizer. 

Future Perfect

by C California Style

Palo Alto’s Hermès store is ahead of its time

The Endless Road Haut à Courroies bag, price upon request, is exclusive to the Hermès Palo Alto boutique.

Given former California Gov. Leland Stanford’s penchant for raising some of the world’s fastest horses, it’s only fitting that the house of Hermès—which began as a harness-maker with an eye for lavish interpretations of practical necessities—open a light-filled boutique in Palo Alto at the Stanford Shopping Center. Yet the space, containing all métiers from leather goods to ready-to-wear, also includes a nod to Silicon Valley’s innovation obsession—think digital installations by Eric Vernhes and a host of Apple Watches. Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Ste. 317B, Palo Alto, 650-321-2466; hermes.com.