December 11th, 2014
T Galleria welcomed media on Wednesday for the launch of the exclusive Hermès Le Bain Pop-Up in its beauty department.
Le Bain marks Hermès' foray into new territory as the company expands its focus from the individual into the home and the art of living through fragrance for the bath, body and living spaces.
In town for the occasion was Cyri Chan, one of the company's fragrance specialists, from Hong Kong.
At the heart of Hermès bath collection are the notes of the perfumes in the luxury house's Colognes and Garden Perfumes collection. The scents can now be layered via a products ranging from creamy bubble bath and revitalising shampoo, to a skin-hydrating balm, toning gel, soothing body milk and gentle soap.
According to Chan, one of the aims of the collection is to evoke the daily pleasure of bath ritual throughout the day.
The popup comes at a great time, with some beautiful sets packaged for holiday gift-giving, such as a set of four miniature perfumes for $63: Jour d’Hermès
Eau Claire des Merveilles, Un Jardin sur le Nil and Voyage d’Hermès.
A boxed collection of three Colognes & Parfums Jardin soaps is $60. There is also a Hawaii exclusive set, the Garden Perfume Collection, comprising four 15 ml eau de toilette sprays, two each of Hermès most popular fragrances, the unisex Un Jardin sur le Nil and Un Jardin sur le Toit, the former evoking a sensory stroll along the Mediterannean coast, and the latter inspired by a garden in the heart of Paris.
The evolution of Le Bain marks a continuation of Hermès history of craftsmanship. The house started by Thierry Hermès in 1837 was established as a harness workshop dedicated to provide high-quality leather harness and bridles for European noblemen.
The artisan tradition has continued into the 21st century, applied to all aspects of the Hermès lifestyle, from the creation of silk scarves, handbags and jewelry, to perfumes that were first launched in 1951.
The Hermès pop-up will be open through Feb. 28, 2015. More exciting beauty pop-ups are set to arrive at T Galleria throughout the year, so keep your eye on that space! Of course with the company's duty-free roots, you won't pay taxes on your purchases.
T Galleria Hawaii is at 330 Royal Hawaiian Ave. Look for the Hermès Le Bain popup on Level 2.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.