I just got confirmed that Hermès will open a store in Oslo in october. It's going to be a small, nice store and I'm not sure how big the selection will be. So, more fun for tourists in the capital of Norway! ^_^
This was really surprising to me, there is no gucci, no prada, no lanvin, no Cartier, basically no luxury brand store except Louis Vuitton and now Hermès. You'd think at least one of the above would open before H got there no?
Yes great news (I've been planning to go to Oslo for the longest time, I used to live there as a kid. Now there's one more reason for going). I've been wondering about the lack of luxury brands in Oslo as well; Norwegians have plenty of oil money, but maybe they've been content w spending it in France, Spain etc during their holidays.
Actually a lot of their money go into housing. There was an article on how there were twice as many dollar millionaires in norway compared to sweden in numbers and per centages (Norway population 4.5 mil, sweden 9mill +), mostly due to the fact that the norwegians owned their own accomodations vs swedes renting thus making their property fortunes higher.
The oil money is managed by a fund the state runs, it doesen't really go that much into private hands at all. It may be an "oil economy" but it's nothing like the emirates.
You should definetly go though, esp for those of you who can get the tax refund I Norway has the highest sales tax in the world, it's 25%..
so cool Liberté, I hope they new store will have a good selection of goods...
I remeber being quite dissapointed in Oslo (for the shopping only, otherwise I loved the city) a hermes boutique will make a big difference
^^ You're right of course, I haven't been doing proper research and analysis. I think many Norwegians also have secondary homes, "hytter", that they own. The situation is pretty much the same where I live, people's money is tied to appartments and secondary homes.