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Hermès reopens renovated and expanded store in Kuala Lumpur

Hermès has reopened the doors of its renovated and expanded store in The Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur, almost a decade after the opening of the original location in the Malaysian capital.

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Designed by architectural agency RDAI in Paris, the freshly revamped store combines Malaysian crafts with that of the Parisian house and uses locally sourced materials, which are used throughout the entire space.

Warm wood tones are punctuated by colours of deep yellow, ombre and rust, with hand-tufted carpets and batik prints placed under the walls, clad in raw silk paneling in champagne and deep orange hues.

Located on the ground floor of the Gardens Mall, the store unveils a façade made of a mix of bamboo and cane. Accessible via two entrances, visitors can discover the silk universe at the main entrance, before encountering on the left side the perfume and beauty area, brought to life by a backdrop of ombré lacquered wood and followed by the homeware collections.

A central lounge connects the leather goods and equestrian accessories spaces to the jewelry area, while the ready-to-wear universe, located at the back of the store, houses two fitting rooms.

The French maison’s wares are complemented by artwork from the Émile Hermès collection, including graphic paintings by the French artist Paul Fleury, alongside contemporary works by the French photographer Thierry Ardouin and carré prints by the Polish illustrator Jan Bajtlik.

For this reopening, a special window display of hand-made puppets reimagines ‘Wayang Kulit’, the traditional Malaysian theatre, with a modern twist.

Hermès currently boasts three stores in Malaysia; two in Kuala Lumpur and the third at the international airport.

In its most recent trading update, Hermès said Asia revenues grew 19 percent, with significant increases in sales in all the countries of the region.