Hermes scarf 2nd hand, unbelieveable low price
Can you see the 3D effect on this scarf? This is why Hermès scarf is so attractive. If you don't know Hermès scarf, you are probably not a connoisseur in haute couture.
65g of silk from 250 cocoons, 90cm sqaure. (this year they have 70cm square size to celebrate 170th anniversary) During the 20th C, the Hermès scarf has become a standard for good workmanship and discreet luxury, requiring up to 2 years of work to produce a collectible work of art that is an expression of its epoch.
From 1837, Thierry Hermès made harnesses and saddles for a privileged clientele. Boots, jewelry, home decor items, and silk scarves were added to the company' s range. In 1920, his grandson Emile included luggage. Horse-power transport was replaced definitively by fossil fuel-powered transport in the early 1900s. Then, Emile handed over the company to his son, Louis-Philippe. He turned to satisfying the desires of those wrist watch-wearing Bright Young Things of the Roaring Twenties who travelled, hunted, played golf.
The first scarf square to accompany the Hermès collection was produced in 1928, inspired by that worn by Napolean's soldiers. To be 'of its time', the scarf was printed with the names of cars. It was a big success; in due course, resulting in a workshop, later a factory, for scarf production being set up at Lyon in 1937, Hermès' centenary year.
Each design requires
- 9 to 12 months of research and development;
- 50-odd designers;
- ideas drawn from styles such as baroque;
- contributions from artists such as Matisse.
6 to 8 weeks are required to meticulously prepare as many silk-screen printing frames as there are colours. For instance, in 1994, the “Celebrations of the Sun-King” required 1,200 hours of work to make its 35 frames. The printers prepare their pigments to make a palette of tonnes of printing inks. The Brazilian silk is spread out on heated tables 150 m long. This allows a batch of 100 squares, comprising 40 colours, to be printed. After printing, seamstresses roll and stitch the hem of a square, by hand, in 30 to 45 mins. The Lyonnaise factory can produce 40,000 scarves in a week. Every year, there are 2 collections, each of a dozen designs, of which 4 to 6 are classics with the colours updated.
Since 1937, Hermès has marketed 25,000 scarf designs. The absolute record, attained at the end of the 1980s, was 1.123 million scarves bought in 1 year with, at times, 1 scarf being sold every 20 seconds somewhere in the world. You will doubt that any woman who can afford it does not own at least one or two examples of this ultimate fashion accessory of 'good taste' and beauty.
A Hermès scarf is worn in many ways: on the head, round the neck, on the shoulders, as a waist sash on jeans, hunging from a shoulder bag. Just note that silk is incredibly slippery and the scarf, however worn, needs to be secured well (with knots, brooches, under loops for belt or scarves), or it will slip quietly away, never to be found by its owner. The current price of a new Hermès scarf is approx. US$245. Secondhand scarves can cost from US$215, up to US$2000+ for the most collectable. And I just bid it on ebay with a really low price. (Guess how much I pay include £6 postage fee?) Be careful not to frame and display a Hermès scarf, this will damage it as the colours fade in sunlight. Rather, keep it folded in its box when not being worn, and take it out, unfold and admire the work of art.
Melody in Silk
I am her silk scarf
I am her magic circle
I am her golden triangle
I am her flying trapeze
I am her guardian angel
I am her silk scarf
I caress her skin
I soften her corners
I am her foolproof plan
I am her smooth side
I am her silk scarf
I am her one-woman band
I am her playground
I am heads and I am tails
I am her place in the sun
I am her Carrè Hermès...
on the silk road...
Posted by aprilng
at 5:13 PM JST
Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2007 7:35 AM WST