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Hermès:
IN THE MAKING

Daphnée Denis unspools the history of Hermès's coveted silk scarf.
Photography by Marina Denisova.

Daphnée Denis unspools the history of Hermès's coveted silk scarf.
Photography by Marina Denisova.

In the beginning, there were two silkworm moths. Hundreds of cocoons. Miles of thread. And one simple accessory that would become synonymous with effortless elegance: le carré.

As told by Hermès, the story surrounding the creation of its legendary silk scarves is not unlike a foundational myth—the start of an epic love story built around a fiber so noble it once caused wars and gave its name to history’s most famous trade route. Indeed, although the French luxury house was originally founded as a harness workshop in 1837, its iconic 35.5-inch square silk scarves have been at the heart of its business for nearly a century.

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Three

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