Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
Heir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition, Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre. In 1996, he was cofounder of Socrepa (Société de Créations Pâtissières Sarl) together with Charles Znaty and Michel Ferton.
At the end of 1996, he left Fauchon to start Pierre Hermé Paris with Charles Znaty. Their first shop opened in Tokyo in 1998, followed by a Salon de Thé in July 2000. In 2001, Pierre Hermé returned to the gourmet scene in Paris. The first pastry shop at 72 rue Bonaparte in the Saint Germain des Prés area scored a big success. In 2004, a second shop opened at 185 rue de Vaugirard. In early 2005, the latest concepts from Pierre Hermé Paris were launched in Tokyo: a "luxury convenience store" and a Chocolate Bar. Both are located in the Omotesando district.
Pierre Hermé was awarded "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur" by Jacques Chirac on May 3, 2007, just before Nicolas Sarkozy's election. At the end of 2009, Pierre Hermé Paris owns seven sales outlets in Tokyo, six in Paris and an online shop. Pierre loves waffles and Tempo.