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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hermes, luxurious Hermes

1930 - Hermes scarves are used in this two piece outfit
You all remember Luciano Pavarotti and his great stage presence. He considered the Hermes scarf his personal good luck charm - without it he wouldn't go on stage.
Hermes has been a status symbol ever since the first shop was opened in 1837 by Thierry Hermes in Paris. Back then it was only about selling gloves, boots, belts, coin purses.
By 1879, his son Emile Charles extended the activity to include saddles, eventually moving on to produce luggage, bags and wallets.
In 1935 Hermes saw the invention invention of the Kelly bag. Totally handmade by skilled artisans, each bag requires 18 hours to complete. It was only in 1937 that the first printed silk scarf was produced. To this day the Hermes scarf is synonymous of style, elegance and quality. Again it is completely handmade down to its hand-rolled hems.

Here is an example of an authentic Hermes scarf. The design is called Fleurs de Fuchsia and was designed by artist Leigh P.Cooke. If I am not mistaken this comes from the 2006 collection. Size is 90 x 90cm.

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