Amid the lineup of retailers making label-lovers swoon at Fashion Valley Mall, Hermès Paris opens its French cherry wood doors this month, setting the luxury bar even higher. This ultra-high-end fashion label encompasses everything from kitchenware to ready-to-wear pieces and will feature all 14 of its coveted product categories at San Diego's very first location. Originating as a harness company, this European mainstay has raced far from its equestrian roots and found its niche in specialty accessories and one-of-a-kind wearable wonders. Every signature silk scarf by Hermès tells its own story through hand-painted illustrations; some have even been displayed at art galleries. Each Hermès handbag can take anywhere from 18 to 24 hours to craft, and comes with an insurable guarantee for a future "spa treatment" that lets you take a handbag into a boutique in any condition and have it fully restored to prime purse health. With an international reputation for uncompromised quality, it's no wonder why iconic figures like the Queen of England and Victoria Beckham are owners of sought-after Hermès accessories. Every detail of the Fashion Valley store, from the décor, down to its earrings on display, signifies a poetic compromise between the contemporary and the classic. Most will want to walk out a reinvented fashionista, but a Hermès handbag can command up to a six-year wait list, so get ready for some serious window-shopping in the meantime.
7007 Friars Road, Fashion Valley | www.hermes.com