To start showing (off?) my scarf collection I thought to begin with the smallest formats I own, the silk pocket squares or pochettes, also called gavroches in Hermès-speak.
I like these small scarves (45x45cm) for a pop of colour underneath a roll-neck sweater or as a silky touch next to my skin when wearing a big, warm wollen scarf in the cold to prevent a reaction to the wool.
Let’s take a closer look at the first one I’d like to show you today…
This was my first pochette and among my first Hermès pieces. It was a gift from my mother-in-law who chose extremely well. The colours are vivid but not overpowering (the size helps too, I can’t wear something big that is so colourful) and the design is among my favourite ones. It is called Mademoiselle Soie, created by Pierre Marie, and it depicts existing classical scarf designs from Hermès’s archives. A seamstress sits in the middle, surrounded by scarves and various sewing accoutrements.
This pochette was part of a four scarf story, the other three showing Madame Cuir (leather), Monsieur Montre (watches) and – of course my favourite – Monsieur Parfum. Sadly these are impossible to find. If I ever come across the perfume pochette I shall snap it up right away.
Here you see it tied.
To add a personal story, (even perfume-related, yeah!), I wore this scarf when I met Roja Dove in his Haute Parfumerie in London. I was really nervous before meeting him and actually considered bolting and going for a drink instead, but then he came and right away commented on my scarf and – since he was wearing an Hermès scarf himself – we bonded over our love for silk. I relaxed and really enjoyed my time with M. Dove.
So, this was the first one and, like before meeting Roja, I am nervous now too. But nonetheless, I enjoyed presenting this first scarf and I will make it a point to show you one per week, every Friday is now Hermès silk day!
What do you think?