Annie Faivre, a Modern Hermes Legend

Annie Faivre is a French artist, who has created numerous carres for the Maison Hermes.  She has built her reputation on her unique style, which is immediately recognizable and now loved by so many.  Her association with the Fashion House began in 1979, and 36 years and many scarves later (I believe 46 in all), she has a loyal fan base the world over and it is not uncommon for her scarves (first issue) to sell out.

She has her own unique way to represent reality. Unlike the detailed depictions found in Ledoux’s scarves for example, hers are more abstract.  Born more of symmetry and repetition, her detailing reminds me of beautiful intricate Moorish carvings.  Being called “little monkey” while growing up, she began incorporating a monkey into her designs.  Many times her scarves tell a story like the Armets et Panache, Sur Un Tapis Volant or Art des Steppes scarves below.

Armets en Panache HERMES 90 cm Silk Scarf
Armets en Panache HERMES 90 cm Silk Scarf by Annie Faivre, 1995
Sur un Tapis Volant HERMES, Annie Faivre, 2006
Sur un Tapis Volant HERMES, Annie Faivre, 2006 “Flying Carpet”
Art des Steppes HERMES, Annie Faivre, 1991
Art des Steppes HERMES, Annie Faivre, 1991

With so much going on, it is easy to just get lost in an Annie scarf.  I remember when I was in Rome at the Hermes boutique and the friendly staff and I were pouring over her Sur un Tapis Volant Carre to locate her signature monkey, sometimes cleverly “hidden” as is the case in her Les Ballets Russes scarf.

Les Ballets Russes HERMES Annie Faivre's Monkey
Annie’s monkey…

With the help of the gents in our party, we finally located the elusive monkey riding a donkey all the while grinning at us enjoying the ride 🙂

Sur un Tapis Volant Hermes carre, Annie Faivre's monkey
Sur un Tapis Volant Hermes carre, Annie Faivre’s Monkey riding a Donkey
Les Temps des Marionnettes HERMES carre by Annie Faivre coming soon
Le Temps des Marionnettes HERMES carre 

I believe it were her unique style and freshness, which she brought to the Hermes carre setting her apart from her contemporaries at that time, that have catapulted her to the forefront of all the Hermes artists.  She is dearly loved, her scarves coveted by her loyal fans and her vintage designs are collected by many.

She still designs and is associated with Hermes today.

This season Hermes is featuring two of her designs, the Jardins d’Hiver (2011 First Issue) and Zenobie, Reine de Palmyre (2015?)

Merci Madame Faivre

Hermes Boutique Rome, Italy
Hermes Boutique Rome, Italy (2013)

Annie Faivre carres

Amours Hermes Silk Jacquard Scarf 90 cm by 90 cm
Amours Hermes Silk Jacquard Scarf , Annie Faivre, 1999
Amours Hermes Silk Jacquard, Annie Faivre, 1999, Close up with Monkey
Amours Hermes Silk Jacquard, Annie Faivre, 1999, Close up with Monkey
Astres et Soleils, Faivre, 1994
Astres et Soleils, Faivre, 1994, Silk Cashmere Gavroche
Terres Precieuses HERMES Annie Faivre, 2009
Terres Precieuses HERMES Annie Faivre, 2009
Terres Precieuses HERMES Annie Faivre, 2009 Monkey and Artist Signature
Terres Precieuses HERMES Annie Faivre, 2009 Monkey and Artist Signature
Circus Annie Faivre for HERMES Carre was her first for the fashion House 1982
Circus by Annie Faivre for HERMES Carre was her first for the Fashion House, 1982

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