The Silk Square—a new resource for scarf lovers
Even on a heavy work day, there are few things in life more fun than choosing which beautiful scarf to pull out of my boxes. This morning it was the Mythiques Phoenix pareo in bleu nuit as I headed up to the roof deck to read for work. The light cotton kept the wind from overly cooling my arms while not warming me over much. Cotton and cotton/silk scarves are this summer’s discovery for me—I’m now wearing scarves far more regularly no matter the temps, as Hermès’s linen-light cotton/silk scarves feel ultra cool against the neck.
Thank you very much, each of you, for sharing in my delight as the scarf treasures mount over the past few months. If last year was about editing the scarf drawers, then this year is about refilling them in a more strategic, even more delightful way. I used the time in between to identify which sizes, materials, and formats felt most natural to my way of life—and most importantly, used the development of the wardrobe to figure out what colors were needed. Maybe that’s why a slew of perfect pieces found their way to me: I was ready. And, really, this may have been more fun than anything sartorial I’ve done in a long, long time. I am so happy when I have a new scarf to play with. This feeling started back when I was 20, visiting France and Paris for the first time, and only escalated during my year in India.
As I’ve been sharing my scarf finds this past month or two, however, a few of you have dropped questions and concerns in the comments. I thought I’d address two today. The first is where to find them—because too many horror stories about.
If that’s been plaguing you, huddle up. I have a new resource to share.
One of the sad, sad events of the summer was Nancy’s closing up of Kaleidoplace.com, one of the best resources for Hermès collectors of bags, scarves, and jewelry. Her prices were fair to collectors, rather than over the top, and she dealt exclusively with Hermès. The loss of her store created a huge hole in the Hermès collecting world.
I’ve been waiting ever since for someone to step up and provide a similar resource. It’s finally happened. Allow me to turn your attention to THE SILK SQUARE, a new online resource for collectors of Hermès scarves.
The Silk Square is run by one of my favorite persons, the dear Glamazon who’s accompanied me on many dangerous (to the wallet) missions to H. An avid collector of Hermès scarves and vintage bags, she’s well established on the Hermès sub forum of the Purse Forum, and she’s keyed into a large network of fabulous collectors herself. When Kaleidoplace went dark, my friend lit up with an idea: To debut a scarf-centered site where collectors could re-home, purchase, and even perhaps swap (that latter bit is still under development) their silken treasures at fair prices.
Having just opened, the site features a careful selection of pieces, most of them acquired by her from the recent Paris H sale this summer. I have also given her two of my own scarves that just weren’t clicking with my wardrobe—a blue/green cotton/silk Les Cles 140cm and a blue/green Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches 70cm. Not only would I not hesitate to purchase from her, I trust her completely as a consigner.
Do go take a look at the treasures she has available. The Silk Square also is offering a special discount code for readers of Aesthetic Alterations: use AAFRIENDS for 10% off through September 15.
And what’s the second topic to come up in comments recently? The most challenging subject of collecting: When to let go?
As you realize, I regularly release pieces I’ve acquired . I don’t go into a purchase thinking that’s going to happen, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. The colors are usually why—like the two blue/green scarves now at The Silk Square. They are the same color palettes—and I can’t easily incorporate that particular blue. In general, I do not regret my choice to let something go, but I have a thought process before I decide.
1. Do I have to? I’ll be upfront: If I could afford to keep all my Hermès even as I buy new pieces, I would. No questions asked; I would never sell a single piece.
2. What piece would I ideally find for its place in my wardrobe? If I let go of something Hermès, I replace it with something Hermès. I identify what scarf format, size, color, or design would work better, then start to hunt.
3. But what if I’ve just lost the love of Hermès? No, don’t worry—this isn’t me; I wouldn’t think such a thing. But I know women who have/do, as well as women who worry philosophically about owning such expensive things. Because this isn’t me, I would offer more general advice: If you have children or nieces or sisters (and don’t have to sell them for financial reasons), keep them for gifting now or later. These are heirlooms. Or, have them cleaned and pack them up to slip in a dark place, because in five or ten years, you may be inspired to wear them again. Last, if you want to sell off your collection without knowing the reason why, then maybe it’s time to identify the thing you want to do or the the thing you want to collect. I didn’t have an Hermès collection before taking up photography, but if I had had one, I would have sold it to purchase my stunning Hasselblad 203FE and equally stunning Mamiya 7. Photography would have been worth releasing a collection. As it happened, I just had to work my ass off.
I hope those thoughts help those of you debating the fork in the road ahead . . .
Where are you in the activity of collecting?