I’ve mentioned before that I totally dork out about high quality construction. I may or may not have binge watched all of the “Tailors Tips” videos posted by Vitale Barberis Canonico on YouTube. If you haven’t seen them you really should because they’re amazeballs. I also just took two classic Tailoring courses on Craftsy and, of course, there was my über exciting purchase of a vintage copy of Vogue Sewing at the end of the summer which I ate up.
Even though I am now barreling into year three of not purchasing clothes from retailers and I go on and on about how unethical the fashion industry can be, there is one company that I will always defend: Hermés. Now, to be fair, I honestly didn’t know THAT much about Hermés until a few years ago. I just kind of lumped it in with other “prestige” brands that people buy just because of the name. I was so wrong to do that. So, so, so wrong. As it turns out, there’s a reason why Hermés leather goods and scarves are so expensive. It’s because they’re made by hand.
Now I’m NOT a prestige brand person. I bought a Rioni handbag years ago that is basically a budget version of a Louis Vuitton speedy bag. I LOVE my bag and am more than happy to not drop thousands of dollars on something mass produced, which LV is despite their hefty cost. That, being said,the one thing I have coveted from Hermés despite the high price tag is one of their famous silk scarves.
Every one of Hermés’ silk products are created in France by one of 700 highly trained silk dye artisans. They are painstakingly screen dyed, cut, and finished all by hand. For someone like me who totally freaks out about quality construction, keeping artisan methods alive, and ethical working conditions, an Hermés scarf is basically an embodiment of everything I stand for when it comes to my views on fashion and I have been pining for one for years.
As it happens, I got some happy news today that means my dreams of owning one of these pieces of fabric art can finally come true! Even better, they have an amazing pattern out that I just adore. I love it because it shows the process of creating and Hermés scarf from start to finish with a few special stops on the way. The motif is called La Maison de Carrés
Isn’t it amazing?! It actually come in 7 colors but I think the black is the most stunning.
Now, I have no doubt you are now reading this with this face
Here me out though. As artisans ourselves, we should support other artisans when and if we can, even when they are international companies. A piece like this can last you decades and is an heirloom. So, yes, I’m all about supporting that. It’s slow fashion in its highest and best form. Think about it: Assuming it took 10 total hours of work to make each scarf, that’s $40 per hour. That is a very reasonable rate to charge for highly skilled work. The workers deserve that rate and the quality demands it.
Now the question is, do I blow up my SWAP plans to make room for this potential addition to my closet? I’m thinking yes!