Hermes Scarf Republique Francaise Liberte Egalite Fraternite – 1789

On my last visit to Paris, I could not help but be reminded of my favorite, subject, the Hermès scarf, wherever I went.

I saw inspiration, just like the artists themselves must have, around every corner in this enchanted city.  My favorite and very first scarf, Le Bois de Boulogne, is named after the biggest park, the Bois de Boulogne (I just learned thanks to WIKI, the second largest park), which is 2 and a half times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Another gorgeous vintage Hermès scarf is the Quai aux Fleur, which I had already written about during my stay in Paris.

Today I would like to focus on the Republique Française Liberté Égalité Fraternité – 1789, which was designed for the 200 year anniversary of the French republic.  In his design, Joachim Metz, celebrates France becoming a Republic and perhaps it was not Paris that was his inspiration, however, I found many references here.

The French revolution, which began in 1789, paved the way for France to become a republic in 1792 and Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité French for “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood”, became the national motto. I, of course, must also mention Marianne, whom Metz so beautifully portrayed on this scarf. Marienne is France’s national emblem.  She represents liberty and is an icon for freedom and democracy.

I found Marianne in many places in Paris.  On government buildings, statues and many other landmarks.  Marianne is one of the most prominent symbols of the French Republic, and is officially used on most government documents.

Marianne is a significant French republican symbol.  She is Republique Française, she is Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.

This dramatic scarf was first issued in 1989 at the 200 year anniversary of France as a republic and to my knowledge, it has never been re-issued.

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Republique Francaise Liberte Egalite Fraternite – 1789 Hermes Silk Scarf 
Designed by Joachim Metz in 1989  

I. A. Kwumi Sefidin or I. A. Kwumi Sefedin or?

Feux du Ciel HERMES

Feux du Ciel HERMES

Correction 5/14/2018

Just picked up a Le Monde d’Hermes I from 2000 and see that Hermes refers to the artist as Sefedine Ibrahim Alamin.

Revision 12/17/2016:

In search of  more information about the artist behind the Feux du Ciel, which I am about to list I came across this wonderful information about the artist on Worthpoint, that I had to include here:
This beautiful scarf is by artist Sefedine Ibrahim Alamin (Kwumi).
“After his parents were killed in 1997, during a civil war, a then-14-year-old Sudanese boy named Sefedin found his way to a base camp for Doctors Without Borders, which placed him in a school for orphans. While there, drew colourful chalk sketches of African landscapes, which eventually landed on the desk of Jean-Louis Dumas.  Dumas, the now-retired chief executive of Hermès, had previously visited the school and asked the teachers to send him the work of any promising young artists. Dumas hired Sefedin to design for Hermes. He created six different styles “This boy was born during the war and saw nothing but death around him, but all of his designs are very peaceful,”.
This amazing “Feux du Ciel” Fire of Heavens scarf will be enjoyed for years to come! Colorful swirls of orange, green, yellow, pink, black and red and blue cover the pastel pink night sky! Yellow and white stars are also found in the sky.
Signed at the bottom Kwumi Sefedin, Hermes, Paris.
This is a limited edition scarf, comes with its Hermes box and the Le Carre Hermes Autumn-Winter 2008 Catalog.
Mint condition!
Measurements: 36″ x 35″

Courtesy: WorthPoint© 2016 – WorthPoint Corporation | 5 Concourse Parkway NE, Suite 2850. Atlanta, Georgia 30328 | 877.481.5750

Original post 10/22/2015:

I was just getting ready to reduce the price on the fabulous Hermès Smiles in Third Millenary silk scarf, when I discovered, that I had spelled this young African artist’s last name with an “i” rather than an “e” as in Sefidin rather than the correct way, SEFEDIN.

An easy way to find out, is to simply look at the scarf itself, where the signature, obviously shows an “e” rather than and “i”.  So why the mistake?  I refer to the Carres d’art by Genevieve Fontan many times to confirm first issue dates, and must have done so when I listed this fabulous carre for sale.  Assuming that Ms Fontan would not get the artist’s name wrong, I copied it from her source.  But just now, when I re-shot some of the photos in order to capture all the fabulous colors of this scarf, I noticed, to my embarrassment, that I had spelled the artist’s name wrong.

My sincere apologies –

May I present Smiles in Third Millenary by I.A. Kwumi Sefedin

The unusual and highly popular Hermès Smiles in Third Millenary carré was designed by I. A. Kwumi Sefedin and first issued in 2000.
The colors on this scarf are absolutely gorgeous and include the entire color spectrum making it an extremely versatile scarf and accessory.

Scarf drapes beautifully and depending on how you tie it or wear it, you can decide which colors you would like to showcase, making this a very versatile carre.

The perfect addition to your wardrobe or the perfect gift.

  • in excellent pre-owned condition
  • wonderfully soft silk
  • copyright
  • care tag
  • signed
  • plump hand rolled hem
  • approx. size: 36 x 36 inches or 90 x 90 cm
  • made in France
  • 100% silk
  • guaranteed authentic
    – HERMES scarf box may show some signs of use
  • layaway plans tailored to Your specific needs
  • subject to prior sale

Was $429 NOW $349

Les Tuileries by Joachim Metz for the Maison Hermes

Here is one of my all time favorite Hermes scarves, Les Tuileries by Joachim Metz, named after the famous Parisian Gardens leading up to the Louvre.

Last time I was in Paris, a couple of summers ago, I fell in love not just with Paris all over again, but with this stunning part of heaven.  No wonder Mr. Metz used the elaborate entry to the gardens as inspiration for his stunning scarf.

Now available at


Les Tuileries HERMES Scarf

Les Tuileries HERMES Scarf


Les Tuileries HERMES Scarf

Plaques à Sabler, a Grygkar Treasure

Plaques a Sables HERMES RareThe Plaques à Sabler, which was designed by Hugo Grygkar and first issued in 1956, is a very interesting carre.  First off it is monochromatic.  And then what are we really looking at?

Plaques à Sabler, literally translates as “sanding plates”.  But what does that mean?

After a little research, I have learned that these were special metal plates and most likely used in stables to identify stalls reserved for the most senior officers of the cavalry or the army.
These metal plates had cutouts and were fitted with sturdy handles on the sides as can be seen in the scarf below.

Think of them as “negatives” of designs that were to be imprinted on the surface of the sand in the stalls.

After leveling the sand and compacting it, the plate was covered with colored powder in such a way that, once removed, the imprint or embossing would create a colorful decoration.  Apparently different colors could be used to create the effect of a painting and the results were to be quite remarkable.

The plaques in this carre belonged to Joachim Murat, who was King of Naples under Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Plaques à Sabler carre features five such plates with four hunting scenes on each side and a huntsman on his horse in the center. The four stirrups in the corners are from the early nineteenth century.

Like so many objects, that were the inspiration for the early carres, and especially those designed by Monsieur Grygkar, these metal plaques or plates too are part of Émile Hermès’ famous art collection.

This is a very rare Hermes scarf, sought after by collectors and here believed to be the original issue as it lacks copyright and of course Hugo Grygkar never signed any of his carres.  I have seen the issue date being stated as 1948 on other sites and in other resources, but the 1956 has been confirmed by the Maison Hermès.


Monnaies et Symboles de Parisii HERMES

$ 599.00

Monnaies et Symboles de Parisii by Zoe Pauwels was issued in 2006. This is a stunning scarf with gorgeous colors and fabulous detail and such a gorgeous example of Madame Pauwels artistry. Gorgeous symphony of blues on a crisp white background, so perfect to complement your summer wardrobe.

– in like new condition with no signs of wear
– copyright
– care tag
– approx. size: 36 x 36 inches or 90 x 90 cm
– made in France
– 100% silk
– guaranteed authentic
– gift wrapped
– subject to prior sale

Read more about Zoe Pauwels on my blog

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.

Many of her designs can be viewed here

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

L’Arbre de Soie – The Silk Tree – Hermes Silk Twill Scarf, Hand Rolled, 36″ x 36″ (100% silk)

Coming Soon…

Orgauphone et Autres Mecaniques, why is this scarf not more in demand???

Orgauphone et Autres Mecaniques Hermes silk jacquard carre –
Designed by Francoise Faconnet in 1996

Whenever I see an Hermes Orgauphone et Autres Mecaniques jacquard silk scarf by Françoise Faconnet, which was designed and issued in 1996, I am astounded at its beauty. The treble clefs woven into the silk alone resonate with my heart.

As far as the Carres d’Art is concerned, it scores a solid 3C, which means that is “quite rare and quite sought after”.  So why is it, that it is not that popular in the US? So, I decided to do a little research…

For one, it is not even credited to Françoise Faconnet on a popular online reference site. At least this was the case when I initially blogged about this carre on October 19, 2015 6:41 pm.  I am happy to report, that it has been corrected 🙂

(this in my original post: however only one photo. Really? When you look under this artist the Orgauphone et Autres Mecaniques does not even show up there! Her other scarves like Astrologie / Dies et Hore, La Cle des Champs, Daimyo Princes du Soleil Levant, Courbettes et Cabrioles do, but not this one. You have to search by the scarf name itself and only then and only one, yes, one photo comes up.  Sad, very sad, indeed.)

Let me tell you, why neglecting to notice this special carre is truly a shame.

This scarf, like so many of Françoise Faconnet’s carres, oozes with gorgeous detail and the symphony of colors is fabulous in pretty much any colorway.

This scarf is dedicated to music, to the organ to be exact.

Both the huge organ, found in churches and cathedrals and the hand held, perhaps less grand version, the kind that filled the streets of Europe in days past, are both represented and given proper credit in this scarf.


Notice the beautiful pipes and detail throughout (below)P1240396As jacquard silk scarves are very expensive to produce, Hermes stopped making these exquisite scarves for years and only recently has reintroduced the jacquard weave under the more modern reference, “tattoo”.

I would personally like to say “Thank You, Madame Faconnet for bringing us this gorgeous scarf, which I for one appreciate and adore!

Merci, Madame Faconnet!

Other fabulous scarves by Françoise Faconnet can be admired in greater detail on our flickr page, just follow the links:  Astrologie / Dies et HoreLa Cle des ChampsDaimyo Princes du Soleil LevantCourbettes et Cabrioles

Carres d’Art by Genevieve Fontan, copyright Arfon 2010

Simply put, the Hermes Orgauphone et Autres Mecaniques carre is a splendid design by a very talented artist.

Here is what Hermes had to say in the Le Carré HERMÈS© Paris:

There is a paradox in producing a melody, something natural, by purely mechanical means. And yet a very real poetry issues from these orchestral trumpets, from these bellows-driven warblers, from these mechanical organs with their wooden reeds. Man intervenes merely to turn the handle of the barrel-organ, thus putting rhythm into the heels of all the city dwellers and melancholy into the souls of the sensitive.

HERMÈS© Paris, 1996 copyright

One of my all time favorites…


Le Pont Neuf à Paris Hermès carré

Le Pont Neuf à Paris Hermès carré by Philippe Ledoux from 1964 simply captivates me.  I am immediately carried off to Paris…among the people, the carriages, the hustle and bustle…

more to come on this fabulous scarf…

Fabulous Hermès Riding Jacket from iconic Hermès Boutique in Germany

Our latest addition, this stunning Hermès Riding Jacket, comes to us via a German landmark boutique, NOLTE in Bielefeld. Helga Nolte added the Hermès-Kollektion to her boutique in 1968 and became one of only three stores to offer this iconic luxury brand in Germany at that time.

Unfortunately, this Hermes boutique closed last year.  To search for the nearest Hermès boutique in your area, visit the Hermès site, for all your authentic vintage and pre-owned Hermes scarves, please visit our online store.