The iconic Hermès Carré

The iconic Hermès Carré has become the symbol for understated luxury and has graced many famous celebrities and royalty.  For years, although a self-proclaimed fashionista, I didn’t care and was far more interested in next season’s hemline and heel height.

Not even when I saw a carré  at an Hermès boutique, was I in any way impressed or moved…but little did I know back then…Some years later, I saw IT, a vintage Hermès Scarf. The most beautiful scarf I had ever seen – this scarf moved me.

Bois de Boulogne, with glorious swans at its center and scenes from a bygone era of Parisians spending a Sunday afternoon in their beloved wood.  I threw all caution to the wind and immediately bought the scarf.  I was hooked.

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Since then I have become a lover and collector of vintage Hermès Carré.   There is something very mesmerizing and exhilarating to feel the softness of the silk, to behold the details and vibrancy of a scarf that is over 50 years old.  The more I learned about these scarves and the process involved to create them, the more I loved and appreciated them. Did you know it takes two years to create one scarf?

If you love Vintage Hermès Carrés as much as I do, you probably already know all this, but if not you will find these facts fascinating:

Here are some known facts and maybe not so well known facts about this iconic 36 by 36 inch piece of silk:

 

  •  Hermès was founded by a German family in 1837 as a harness & bridal workshop
  • Over 1,000 scarf designs have been created since its introduction in 1937
  • Carrés are scented
  • It takes 7 skilled craftspeople and one designer to create one scarf
  • 250 mulberry moth cocoons are necessary to make one scarf
  • With the exception of the silkworm breeder, who is located in either China or Brazil, all craftsmen and women are located in France
  • Each scarf weighs 65 grams
  • Scarves are still hand printed today
  • It can take up to 43 silk screens to create one design
  • Over 200,000 different colors are available to designers
  • Only vegetable dyes are used
  • Each color has to dry for 1 month before the next color is applied
  • When a scarf is finished it is washed, ironed and cut out and then the hem is sewn
  • Each hem is hand rolled and hand stitched
  • At one point every 25 seconds a brand new scarf was sold somewhere in the world
  • The first scarf (1937) was called Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches

And with it, an icon was born.

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What interesting facts and tidbits do you know about Hermès? Did you know any of these facts? What makes Hermès special to you?

 

 

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