Hermès Mythiques Phoenix pareo RTW SS2014 in Blue Ink—with my new-to-me Indigo Barenia Evelyne 2 PM
Allow me to introduce the two newest favorite Hermès pieces. They go fabulously with absolutely everything in my everyday wardrobe, and they speak volumes with the quietest of details.
First, the neutral scarf of all neutral scarves: Mythiques Phoenix cotton pareo in Blue Ink. This was found in the RTW section of Hermès boutiques, as it’s part of the larger RTW collection of dresses, tunics, and swimwear.
Right away, credit needs to be given where credit is due. A week or so before the H meet-up, I started going through the “Spring 2014 Scarves” thread on the Purse Forum for the first time. I didn’t know anything about the scarves this season except for a random look-about earlier in winter with a fellow scarf lover—so I needed to get up to speed. As soon as I saw a couple of women modeling this scarf, I knew. This was the one. THIS. And so that day MP and I stopped off in Hermès Madison. I first went to the pareo section on the third floor before a gentleman figured out why it wasn’t available in his department and sent me down to the second. By the time I’d arrived, he’d called and a SA now waited for me. Oh my! I liked that. So I dove right in and described what I wanted. Her news was sad: What they received had sold. But would I like her to find one? Oh you bet! And so while MP and I looked through all the beautiful RTW pieces (she graciously offered me a dressing room . . . that I didn’t accept, sigh), she studied her computer. Success! She found one to bring in. I was so excited.
By Wednesday, I was all aflutter. Why hadn’t she called? Had it been a joke? Was she giving it to someone else? I nearly stopped by during my afternoon walk, but I held firm. Wait for the call. Thirty minutes after returning home, the phone rang—it had arrived! And so I ran in first thing the next day. Acting like I was studying its play with my skin, I pretended to wind it around my head, but the truth was I was too certain to figure out what to think. So I packed it up to bring home and show MP.
A neutral scarf is the hardest scarf to find. I mean, given that it’s neutral, is it really the thing to fork over a few hundred dollars? Wouldn’t a DvF scarf on sale be the better choice? You know I love Hermès—oh how I love Hermès—but I’m fully aware that there are other things to be found in the world. If I was going to keep this scarf, it had to be perfect. So I brought it home and let it sit in the bag for hours while waiting for MP to return. Maybe he was late, because then I got antsy. I hesitantly opened the box . . . Would it be beautiful? . . . and then lifted it out. Barely looking at it, I brought it to the mirror and draped it over my shoulders. And that’s when words left me.
The MP (isn’t that perfect?) pareo draped simply over the shoulders
I loved this scarf so much at that moment, I again didn’t trust myself. So I waited until MP came home—but he loved it, even when pressed. And then I didn’t trust him, so I kept the tags on until after our Saturday H meet-up so that my dear H friend could see and judge it too. That’s what I love about fellow H friends; we can brutally honest about how things look. And her reaction was beyond what I anticipated. There really was nothing except perfect about this scarf. How perfect? Well, she called up the SA who helped me and ordered one too.
PSA: If you desire this pareo, contact H now.
The funny thing was . . . this followed quick on the coat-tails of other Hermès finds. Just so you know, I’ve been really good in 2014. The only thing I’d bought all winter long was a tie for MP. But then, spring arrived and some incredibly rare things appeared. Barenia things. My favorite things.
Hermès Barenia: Ebene Barenia Pictoin PM, Ebene Barenia Trim I 31cm, and Indigo Barenia Evelyne 2 PM
Ever since the arrival of the Porc Sellier Kelly 32cm, I have been rather content with my collection. And that increased as spring drew close and I realized I could finally try to use the Barenia Picotin PM in my possession. I’ve been terrified to use it in NYC since its so open, but after all these months, I’ve grown more comfortable—So it’s time to try. And it was with this in the background that I suddenly found myself staring at two other Barenia bags . . .
I’ve had Barenia bags before. Both were natural Barenia (golden), but something wasn’t fitting as my collection grew, so they found homes with other women (one a collector herself). Moving to New York pushed something to the fore: What I wanted was dark Barenia. Indigo Barenia, however, is so difficult to find it might be a unicorn, and rarely do nice examples of Ebene Barenia come up. So imagine my surprise when I found both within a couple days of each other. A well-used, yet so beautiful (and smelling fabulously of the tanning process) Indigo Evelyne PM, then a mint-condition Ebene Trim I.
These acquisitions . . . what can I say? I love H. But other things also contributed to my decisions. First, I knew the next bag would be blue, preferably navy/indigo, and could be used more casually (the Indigo Drag being a professional briefcase). Second, I wanted a shoulder bag, or more than one. Living in a place as big and complex as NYC without a car (I don’t like cars, by the way, so I never take cabs either) has underscored the value of a the perfectly sized and weighted shoulder bag. These pieces seems to offer that for me, though only time will tell.
Ever since all these things have come into the wardrobe, I’ve been wearing the pareo shawl nonstop (it really does go with basically everything I have), and the Indigo Evelyne doesn’t leave my side. I really need to carve out some time for the beautiful Trim, so my aim is this weekend; it’s maybe the most interesting bag in my collection regarding the feel of the leather . . . unused Barenia is its own level of suppleness.
MP pareo and Indigo Barenia Evelyne with an everyday ensemble as I go out to have cake (the Neue Galerie again!)
For the past years, the most used scarf in my collection has been the rouge vif Carré Kantha. It goes with almost everything and it always makes me happy. While I wear other scarves a lot, I’ve always known that the red Carré Kantha was my real perfect scarf. It just works. But now, years after that purchase, I’ve found a second scarf that I believe is exactly the same level of perfect. This makes me very happy. I’ve been searching actively for my neutral large scarf for over a year. Now—just expect to see it in every photo for the next few months. :)
Any recent treasures for you?