The Deo Juvante Monaco Hermès carre was first issued in 1957/1958. Many credit Hugo Grygkar as the artist, who designed this scarf inspired by the coat of arms of Monaco.
The Genoan House of Grimaldi captured Monaco in 1297 and its motto Deo Juvante, which means “With God’s help”, is still Monaco’s coat of arms today.
Monaco, officially, the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state, a country, and a micro-state on the French Riviera, halfway between the French cities of Nice to the west and Menton to the east. Tiny in physical size, just about two kilometres, Monaco is among the most luxurious tourist resorts in the world giving it a fame far exceeding its size.
Monaco is world famous for its fabulous Mediterranean climate, casino, harbor, Formula I Grand Prix race, man-made beach, AND no income tax. It is no surprise then, that many rich and famous have been calling Monaco home for decades. Among one of its most famous citizens, was Grace Kelly, the Philadelphia born actress, who at the age of twenty-seven married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Princess of Monaco in 1956.
Her love affair with Hermès perhaps began when Alfred Hitchcock starred Kelly in his movie How to Catch a Thief. Hitchcock used the Kelly Hermès bag, initially named Sac à dépêches (mail bag) in his 1954 romantic thriller, Grace Kelly apparently fell in love with the bag during the filming. After her marriage, she catapulted the Kelly bag to international stardom when she used it to shield her pregnant belly from the paparazzi in a photo featured on the cover of Life magazine.
She also helped make the Hermès carre popular, when she used the Deo Juvante Monaco as a sling for her broken arm.
The good news is, that you do not need to be a princes or have an injuted arm to wear this striking design…