Category Archives: Orange Boxes

Art on a Silk Square

Since a dear friend asked me why the Hermès scarf is so special. I would like to share something I know. The first Hermès scarf was produced in 1928, inspired by Napolean’s soldiers. It was a big success, Hermès later launched its first carré in 1937 at a factory in Lyon. This is the begin of a silk journey.

  1. each carré measures 90cm × 90cm, weighs 65 grams and is woven from the silk of 250 cocoons
  2. carrés are printed using multiple silk screens, one screen for each color
  3. 43 is the highest number of screens used
  4. 6 to 8 weeks are required to prepare for silk screens and colors
  5. the hems are all hand-stitched, it takes 30 to 45 minutes to finish one carré
  6. each design takes 9 to 12 months of research and development
  7. there are 50 carré designers, contributions also came from artists like H. Matisse and most recently J. Albers
  8. Hermès issues two carré collections each year. Half are new designs, half are re-colored classics

BTW, I store all my carrés in their orange boxes (wrapped in the original acid-free paper). Tagged their names and colors on the box so that I don’t need to open each box to find the right one. ;-)

Le Carré Hermès: Yes or No

Many Hermès scarfies have been waiting for this for years…Now Hermès has finally decided to issue a book documenting it’s scarves from the first one debuted in 1937 right up to the present day.

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I was very excited when I first heard this news. As a scarf lover, I would love to own such a book that would have covered each scarf from day one, with a brief description of the artists and the stories behind. However, I figured out later that there are only less than 200 scarves featured in this book and with very few descriptions. It is indeed beautifully made, but sadly not really the one I’ve been expecting.

My dear fellow scarfies, what’s your thoughts? ;-)

Hermès F/W 09 Campaign

I always enjoy seeing photos of Hermès campaign. Among all the stunning shots from Eric Valli for this Fall/Winter, these three are my favorites. Really love that scarf igloo, simply striking!

Picture Credit: Eric Valli for Hermès

Orange Mountain

Recently, liberty London has invited Hermès to set up a flash store to showcase its signature scarves for a month. Hermès then turned the whole liberty scarf room to a sea of orange. I love the installation of the house’ iconic boxes, especially these striking creations by artist Kyle Beans (have a look here).

After seeing these pictures, I just can’t help taking out my own orange boxes and playing with them. This is what came out… ;)

Carré Story – La Femme aux Semelles de Vent

Being a scarf girl, I am addicted to the beautiful scarves from Hermès. Although there are always gorgeous designs every season, I try to stick to my resolution of buying just one scarf per season. It works pretty well because I am a strong willed person. hehe…

Since this year’s fall/winter collection already hit the stores, it’s time to make the decision. Well, I have to admit it is really hard this time. There are too many stunning designs and colors to die 4. I was eying

  1. Ballade de Heian
  2. Christopher Colombus
  3. Jardins de la Nouvelle Angleterre
  4. La Femme aux Semelles de Vent
  5. Puzzle
  6. Le Monde est Vast

and end up bringing home the “La Femme aux Semelles de Vent” in CW01. I am fascinated by the Potala Palace like temple, it reminds me of Tibet, which is a place I’d love to visit someday. Besides, the border of the carre simply made my heart sing. These animal prints, the embroidered braids, the geometric and floral patterns are too precious to part.

The first two pictures are credited to The carre has actually a bright fuchsia border in real life. Just as showed in the third picture. A real stunner! :-)