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Step outside in Chicago today, and you'll find that the green leaves are back on the trees, the tourists are returning to flood Michigan Avenue, and Hermès is refreshed with a newly-opened flagship in the old Barneys New York building at 25 East Oak Street at Rush.
After Barneys built their own fancy new flagship directly across the street, the fate of their vacated prime corner location was up in the air, until Hermès orange covered the windows over the winter. And now Chicago has a massive Hermès on par with the Upper East Side shops in New York, and certainly more impressive than the small townhouse they used to inhabit up the street.
The old Hermès further up on Oak Street
To celebrate the opening of the store, Hermès has rolled out a limited-edition Chicago silk scarf. We'll have much more on that on Monday, but why not drop in over the weekend and check it out yourself? You'll be among the first ones inside, since today we spotted workers still doing touch-ups to the windows.