What is so special about Hermes scarves? Why so many girls from all around the world go crazy about them? Royalty such as Queen Elizabeth II and Grace Kelly and celebrities: Sarah Jessica Parker, Hillary Clinton, Mariah Carey, Elle McPherson, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey to name just a few wear them, why? What is the secret behind a simple square of silk which costs around $400 per piece?
I asked myself these questions for a long time and after browsing the Internet, checking out a lot of Hermes scarf designs, I finally know all the answers.
History and Interesting Facts About Hermes Scarf
Hermes scarves are the most popular product category of the brand. Scarves are made with pure silk of the highest quality, and the color is not printed on by a machine but the silk is screened by an actual human being, hand-printed by Hermes professionals who have to apply up to forty three silk screens to achieve the effect. One screen is for one color of the scarf. The motives on the scarves are so unique and beautiful, that some people collect Hermes scarves and even frame them and put on walls like pieces of art.
Hermes now sells a scarf, whose fabric is designed to leave a scent on the skin when wearing. The fragrance is supposed to fade not before at least five washings of the scarf. How cool is that?! You can actually save money on perfume :) just kidding.
Since the first scarf made its debut in 1937, the House of Hermès has produced more than two thousand different designs and the sales are growing each year! Two scarf collections are released every year, along with reprints of older designs and limited editions.
Best Book About Hermes Scarves
If you want to know more about Hermes scarves, you can buy the book called The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique. The book tells the history of Hermes scarf and reveals the technology of its production as well as shows multiple designs and ways of wearing the scarf.
There is also an iTunes application created by Hermes called: Hermès Silk Knots – Hermès This app will show you how to tie 6 different knots using step by step videos, find out everything about the Hermès Silk, browse a selection of scarves and more. Every season there will be new series of knots added to the app. Sounds fun, right?
I hope that you now also understand why the Hermès scarf is a style icon and the stuff of a legend. If you need more convincing, just check out my selection of the best Hermes scarves that are now available for purchase online. These are some of my favorite Hermes scarf designs (picture is clickable):
My Story of Buying Hermes Scarf in Paris
I want to share my own story about buying a Hermes scarf. During my first trip to Paris (which coincided with my birthday) I decided that I must visit Hermes boutique and buy my first legendary Hermes scarf from their flagship boutique on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré street. Thought it will be the experience of a lifetime for me. Imagined how I enter the magical, quiet and sleepy kingdom of luxe and treated like a queen, while choosing from the numerous amazing scarves. You can’t believe my shock and frustration, when I entered Hermes boutique.
Crowds of women screaming and shouting, almost fighting over the scarves, each holding about 5-6 pieces. Numerous sales people, at least 15, who were all busy serving customers, running around and offering different designs. It all seemed like a crowded and screaming market, something I least expected to experience in a luxurious boutique. Of course, the boutique itself was amazing, huge and tastefully decorated, full of expensive handbags and other famous Hermes goods, but I just couldn’t expect to see such a fuss about the scarves.
Hermes Scarf Sold Every 20 Second!
Now I know (thanks to Wikipedia) that during holiday season one Hermes scarf is sold every 20 seconds!! I guess that I am not the only girl who thinks that bringing Hermes scarf as a souvenir from Paris is a great idea.
I didn’t buy a scarf that time, because I didn’t want to buy something which cost around $400 in a hurry and fuss. To tell you the truth, I still haven’t got the Hermes scarf after what I have experienced.
But, I will definitely buy at least one after I conducted this research on Hermes scarves. I fell in love with the different amazing motives and who knows, maybe one day I will also become crazy collector, whose walls will be covered with the framed Hermes scarves. Who knows. One step at a time, right?! :)
What about you, girls? Do you own a Hermes scarf? Are you planning to buy one in the nearest future? Please, leave your stories of Hermes scarves in the comments below :) I would love to hear from you and possibly see a photo!
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