There are leyends that become stronger and more present as time goes by. Such is the case of Hermès Carrés bags and accesories. For 83 years they have faithfully represented the maison’s luxury seal. It has been said that each Carré has a shared story: that of the designer and that of the owner. Crafted in the most exquisite twill de soie, they seem to hold the memory of the designers’ voyages, real or dreamed, as well as the long-standing tradition of a grandmother’s gift to her granddaughter on her 16th birthday of her very first Carré.
This type of kerchief became very popular during World War II. From housewives to the women who worked in armament factories, they were used them to protect their hair from the dust that was common, at the time, to every big city. The special way of tying them in a knot on top of their heads was very becoming and practical. It became the trendy way of wearing them to go to work, to the beach or for an afternoon stroll and it’s a fashion that we associate with the decade of the ‘40s.
Once peace returned to Europe, Parisian fashion experienced an exponential rebirth and in this new scenario the Carré took its relevant place among royals, the beau monde and influencers of the moment. Then, and as it continues to be today, it bears witness to its times. Its designs and the manner in which to wear them -on the head, as a belt or around the neck- symbolizes the sensuality, quality and elegance of Hermès.
Fashion in the 60s…
Its place of honor in the world of luxury is defined, not by its price, but by the love of process and quality that goes into each Carré. More than 1500 designs have seen the light of day since 1937. From beginning to end, each piece requires 18 months of craftsmanship and represents one of the firm’s most elaborate productions. The original design is subject to a complicated color selection process. Some include more than 27 different colors, as is the case in the ones designed by Alice Shirley or Robert Dallet. This is followed by the 750 hours of work involved in the silkscreen printing process and, finally by the hand-hemmed process of the borders, known as the roulotte.
A splash of details…
The most important fashion publications have dedicated endless pages to the Carré. Renowned photographers, working with the best top models, have let their imagination and talent run free, creating incredible photo compositions, such as the ones shown below.
Our clients often ask us if every Carré is titled and signed, as a proof of authenticity. The title always appears but the designer’s signature is not always the case. A good example of this are the ones created by Hugo Grygkar, the artist who designed the first Carré in 1937 and who never signed his creations.
Hermès has always emphasized the relevance of this iconic accessory by promoting events like the exhibit Hermès Carré Club, that took place in the Carreau du Temple de París at the end of 2019. The maison defined it as a “multiform immersion” in the world of silk. The events promoted by Hermès in New York, Milán, Toronto, Singapur, Los Angeles and finally the one in Paris, promoted interactive work spaces where the firm’s renowned designers exchanged ideas with potential new talents.
According to the maison, this initiative was focused on opening experimentation spaces and allowing the visitors to fix their gaze “on those hands that craft the twill de soie, the cashemere, or the cotton…in order to create elegant and stylish accessories.”
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