Hermès Hosts a Stylish Social Event

Their new store launch wasn't just a party. It was a dining experience.

The gorgeous centerpiece staircase in Boston's new Hermès showroom.

The gorgeous centerpiece staircase in Boston’s new Hermès showroom. / Photo by Loren Savini

Thursday night, Hermès executive vice president Florian Craen and Boston store manager John Nargi welcomed their most distinguished and dedicated clientele to their recently reimagined two-story, 8,700-square-foot showroom. The boutique is every bit as fabulous as they promised, with ample space to display a full inventory of Hermès products, from equestrian gear to fragrances, and scarves, of course. Loads of colorful silk scarves hang from the walls, in lighting displays, and carefully arranged in glass cases.

Guests spent the first part of the evening sipping champagne, admiring the new architecture, and catching up with old friends like local author Ben Mezrich and his wife, local style maven Tonya Mezrich (appropriately decked out in Hermès fashion).

Afterward, guests were whisked away via shuttle buses to the South End’s Cyclorama for a private and intimate dinner.

The menu for last night's exclusive dinner party.

The menu for last night’s luxurious dinner party. / Photo by Loren Savini

Naturally, it wasn’t just dining. It was an entire dining experience created by Belgian architect and designer Charles Kaisin. In addition to the over-the-top gourmet menu, a team of 50-plus waiters underwent four separate costume changes between courses—see video below—marching out in perfect synchronicity. The fois gras and Maine lobster were followed by an opera performance while the serving team transformed the entire tablescape for the entrée and dessert courses.

The dinner was the perfect time to catch up on all things fashion with our neighbors, including the lovely Elena Matlack, local philanthropist and wife of Good Men founder Tom Matlack, and Suhail Kwatra, stylist to Boston’s most fabulous socialites. Suhail gushed over Bibhu’s Fashion Week show, while Elena shared tales of her recent philanthropic trip to India, where she picked up a gorgeous moonstone statement necklace.

At the end of the night, I think we could all agree: the French really know how to throw a party.