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  

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hommage à Leila Menchari – not just another Hermes designer

The creator of the world famous window displays of the Fashion House at 24 Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Leïla Menchari passed away on April 4, 2020, at the age of 93, of Covid-19.

Leïla Menchari, 2010. courtesy Carole Bellaiche

Her windows captured the imagination of thousands as eager spectators lined the Faubourg-Saint-Honoré to watch the unveiling of her latest window displays.

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Born in Tunisia, she was first introduced to fashion by fellow country man and couture designer, Azzedine Alaia.  She joined Maison Hermès as the head stylist in 1977, and her artistic windows quickly began drawing large crowds as she created worlds of fantasy and wonder.

In addition to her window displays, Madame Menchari designed two scarves, REGINA and JOUVENCE, both highly collected,

Regina Hermes scarf – Rare Early Issue and CW Designed by Leila Menchari in 1972 – AVAILBLE

Jouvence Hermes silk jacquard scarf (100% silk) – RARE . Designed in 1968 – and re-issued in 1988 – SOLD

Inspired by Queen Elisabeth II, the Regina carre is such a beautiful and beloved scarf, Hermes has re-issued it numerous times since its introduction in 1972.

In honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, Hermes issued the Regina Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee in 2002.  This edition was a limited edition as it only came in one color way and was only available in the UK.

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The Regina Prix de Diane – Hermès – 1986, another special edition, was issued in limited numbers for the famous horse races that take place at Chantilly every summer. The Prix de Diane Hermès is the sixth race and the highlight of the day.


No matter whether a special edition or just a “plain regular” Regina, this is an Hermes Classic, that will delight for many generations to come!

Thank you Madame Menchari – You will be greatly missed!

For an in-depth article about the life and works of Leïla Menchari please follow this link to The New Yorker Times


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