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Le Laisser Courre Hermes Carre

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Le Laisser Courre was masterfully designed by Jean de Fougerolles in 1979 – AVAILABLE

Hermes Silk Scarf Le Laisser Courre Black Colorway

Fougerolle and first issued in 1979. Here most likely a 1993 reissue. – excellent vintage condition – copyright – care tag – signed – a couple of very faint fold lines near center

$389.00

Le Laisser Courre, Let it Run, Hermes scarf conjures up such fond memories of my childhood.  Having central European roots and uncles, who were avid hunters, I inevitably grew up around hounds. My favorite, Dorn!

Named Thorn, after getting himself caught up in brambles as a young pup, Dorn and I were inseparable.  For both the young pup and the outdoor loving little girl, it was love at first sight, a love that would last a lifetime.

Here in loving memory of Dorn, I would like to share this very special carre, Le Laisser Courre, Let it Run.  O boy, and how he could run…

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Le Laisser Courre HERMES close up of what easily could be my Dorn

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Le Laisser CourreLet it Run, Hermes scarf was designed by Jean de Fougerolle and first issued in 1979.  Here most likely a 1993 reissue – SOLD

What is my Hermès scarf worth, you wonder…

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You may have an HERMES scarf that has been forgotten in a drawer for years or you may have been given one as a gift that is just not “your thing”.  In any case, you have an Hermès scarf  and you wonder what is it worth?

Well, the simple answer is, whatever a buyer is willing and able to pay for your scarf at any given time.  Oh, you want a real value, I see…

So, here are some guidelines.  Some very obvious and some perhaps not so much.

Let’s have a look…

Equipements Civils et Militaires HERMES Silk Scarf Extremely RARE (2)

Hermes Silk Scarf Équipements Civils et Militaires 1948 VERY RARE, Hugo Grygkar 1948

The Équipements Civils et Militaires carre is from 1948.  That’s a 70 year old scarf!!!  There are not that many scarves around that are that old, let alone in excellent condition. Naturally the older, or more vintage your scarf is, typically the higher the value.  For our discussion, the term vintage describes scarves from when Hermes first introduced the carre (1937) to 1998 (20 years before present day).

In addition to its age, your scarf’s condition plays a big role in determining its value.  An unworn scarf with the care tag (if applicable) still attached in its original box or tote will for obvious reasons fetch much more than one with color runs, a hole and several pulled threads – common sense.

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Cosmos was designed by none other than Philippe Ledoux, who has created so many beautiful carrés for the Maison Hermes. First issued in 1964.  Here an original issue

Condition and age are logical, but what about other factors, perhaps less obvious ones, that may also influence a scarf’s desirability and ultimately its value.

A certain colorway may be more rare or more sought after.  The year of issue can also play a big role.  Lets use one of my favorites, The Le Bois de Boulogne designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957, as an example.

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Le Bois de Boulogne designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957

The same design was re-issued in the early 1980s in darker colors without the black background behind the swans resulting in a less dynamic scarf.

Le Bois de Boulogne HERMES VTG Hugo Grygkar

Le Bois de Boulogne reissued in the early 1980s without the black

In this example, an original issue Bois de Bologne in inferior condition may be priced/valued equally or even higher than a reissue in better condition, simply because of its esthetic appearance (better colorway and black behind swans).

Another factor that may affect value is location – geography.   Some scarves are more sought after in different parts of the world than others.

Faune et Flore du Texas by Kermit Oliver for HERMES

Faune et Flore du Texas by Kermit Oliver for HERMES (1992)

Kermit Oliver’s scarves depicting the American West are very popular in the US. His Texas Wildlife, for example has only recently gained the same momentum in Europe as it has enjoyed here in the US.

Timing is another factor than can influence perhaps not the value per se, but what someone might be willing to pay for your Texas Wildlife.  Leading up to Thanksgiving this design attracts a lot of potential buyers.  More buyers = higher demand = higher price tag.  This is true for other seasonal scarves, such as the Noel au 24 Faubourg, Joies d’Hiver, Neige d’Antan and Plumes et Grelots for example.

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Noel au 24 Faubourg HERMES Carre, Dimitri Rybaltchenko, 2004

It must be mentioned, that there are certain scarves that are simply more “coveted” than their sisters and cousins.  Many times you will hear the word Grail to describe a scarf, such as the Hommage a l’Explorateur Sir Ernest Shackleton for example, designed by Zoe Pauwels and issued in 2005.

Hommage a l’Explorateur Sir Ernest Shackleton HERMES Grail Silk Scarf_-4

Very difficult to find, the “Shackleton” is definitely a modern Grail carre.  Although there is a consensus on a number of scarves that are in the Grail category, like the Shackleton for example, this Grail list can, however, be subjective.  What one collector may consider a Grail, another may not.  I personally try to be very careful not to overuse this label.  This includes describing a scarf “rare” or “very rare” can be somewhat subjective as well and again, I try to use them cautiously in my descriptions.

For me the Les Toits de Paris , La Comédie Italienne and Le Pont Neuf a Paris are definitely on my personal Grail list 🙂

What scarves are on your GRAIL list, I wonder?

This post would not be complete, if I did not mention the role the artist/designer can have on the value or popularity of a scarf.  Annie Faivre for example has a very large and loyal following around the globe.  Kermit Oliver whose scarves celebrate the American West, are not necessarily all considered rare, but are quite popular and in demand.

Another highly sought after artist is Xavier de Poret, whose scarves are considered very rare.  Famous for his pencil drawings, 5 of his carres (Les Levriers or Greyhounds and Mesanges to name just two), out of a group of nearly 30, are widely considered as the “rarest” of Hermes scarves.

Les Poulains HERMES Silk Scarf Xavier de Poret RARE

Les Poulains HERMES Silk Scarf Xavier de Poret RARE – GRAIL

I should also mention the Jacquards, which Hermes stopped producing in 2001 due to high production costs and only last year, 2017, began to issue jacquards in limited quantities, now called Tattoos.  A separate post on that coming soon.

A jacquard scarf will typically either sell faster or for more than its twill cousin or possibly both. But just like the twills, the Jacquards as a group range in value based on the same criteria already mentioned.

Some top sellers in this category are Napoleon and La Cle de Champs and lets not forget the seasonal favorites (Joies d’Hiver, Neige d’Antan and Plumes et Grelots).

Plumes Et Grelots HERMES VTG Silk Jacquard Scarf-22

Last but not least, HERMES periodically issues scarves as a Special Issue (slight variation on an existing design) or a Limited Issue (limited quantities produced), both of course can heavily influence the desirability, availability and ultimately the value of that particular scarf.

In closing, it is important to keep in mind that any given value will fluctuate over time.  Remember when way back in the 80s a brand new carre was somewhere around $140? Today the retail price for a 90cm twill carre is $395 US.

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Parures de Samouraïs HERMES Silk Scarf 2017

As I reflect on 2017, I need to share the one scarf from last year that stole my heart – immediately.

As many of you know, my true love belongs to the vintage Hermes scarves! But every so often a new one comes along that steals my heart.  And when I wandered last summer into Hermes, my eyes immediately fell upon Aline Honore’s creation.  As a matter of fact when I was asked which scarf I wanted to see, I muttered “this one, please” pointing at the amazing Parures de Samouraïs.  As the store clerk unfolded it in front of me, the vibrant colors were simply mesmerizing.  A rainbow of pinks and blues with a hint of chartreuse and raspberry filled the entire store.  Like a small child my eyes were dashing across the scarf from one amazing detail to the next.  I regained my senses, when I heard, “And would you like to see anything else?” “No”, I heard myself almost yelling…

With my orange tote in hand, I was skipping happily back to my car.

If you have not seen it, it really is spectacular and the detail astounding.

Apparently, I was not the only one smitten with this carre as it quickly sold out worldwide.

Enjoy…

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Parures de Samouraïs HERMES Silk Scarf Spring/Summer 2017 (personal collection)

PARURES DE SAMOURAÏS HERMES SILK SCARF A. HONORÉ GRAIL NIB – Available

Hermes Silk Scarf Fleurs et Carlines Vintage RARE

The Fleurs et Carlines is by Vladimir Rybaltchenko, who was the great-nephew of Philippe Ledoux and father of Dimitri Rybaltchenko, another talented Hermes artist. Signing as Rybal his carres are highly sought after. His Fleurs et Carline is not only a rare find, but in these vibrant summer colors a real treat!

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First we took flight with the geese…

Oiseaux Migrateurs

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Now we are going for a Ride…

Meet the rare L’Elegance et le Confort en Automobile by Caty Latham

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Le Geographe Hermes Silk Jacquard Carre

Le Geographe, an intricate silk jacquard, was designed by Sandra Laroche, who has created to my knowledge, three additional carres for the Maison Hermes: Au Clair de la Lune, Fleurs d’Hiver and Per Astra Ad Astra being her most recent and perhaps also best known creation.

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Le Geographe HERMES

LE GEOGRAPHE HERMES SILK JACQUARD SCARF NAVY BORDER $ 399

Le Geographe, her first Hermes design from 1992, is a beautiful scarf, rich in detail and storytelling.

Australia’s four explorers, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, Nicolas-Thomas Baudin and François Péron are depicted in each corner and at the center is Australia herself surrounded by her unique flora and fauna.

One of the explorers of Australia is depicted on this Hermes scarf, Le Geographe

Le Geographe Hermes silk Jacquard scarf (100% silk) - Vintage

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