Scarves have always had a special place in Hermès, ever since the very first carré (square scarf) was produced by Robert Dumas in 1937. The emblematic silk square has since gone on to become an icon in its very own right, with more than 2000 versions created till date. Aside from producing even more intricately designed pieces than before, Hermès has also focused on R&D which led to the very first 90 cm x 90 cm carré that’s actually machine-washable.
Each silk scarf under the Carré Wash range goes through a special treatment. It is first soaked and washed by expert artisans’ to soften the twill, giving it a relaxed and velvet-like finish with a slight fade. The result is a unique piece that’s different from the other (even though it might come in the exact same print) and one that will gain a beautiful patina with every wear and wash.
And yes, you can safely wash them on your own at home without having to send to a professional dry cleaner. Just make sure you wash them separately in a mesh wash bag at 30°C on a low-spin cycle (300 to 500 revolutions per minute). After washing, place them in the dryer on ‘delicate cycle’ mode, to ensure that your scarf retains its relaxed and velvety finish.
Today, there are 3 different prints to keep an eye out for. The first is the Coupé de Gala that features the carriage commissioned in 1894 by Chinese Empress Cixi with a harness with brass fittings created by the house of Hermès. The second is the Manufacture de Boucleries Détail that’s inspired by a vintage album of harness and saddlery items and filled with a collection of bridle rings, harness horns and framed with geometric motif pattern.
Rounding up the trio is Pani La Shar Pawnee that pays homage to the Pawnee tribe from Kansas and Nebraska.
If you’re keen to know more about the wonderful world of scarves (and its different colours, shapes and sizes), know that the Hermès Carré Club is opened to public from 19 to 21 October 2018 at 3 Lady Hill Road. As this event runs till Sunday only, make sure you head down before it jets off to another part of the world. Need more information? Head over here to read all about #CarreClub.