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  •  That's because there is no such thing. (0+ / 0-)

    Hermes would never make a white scarf. I never read the book (I did see the movie), but this detail makes me wonder how much the writer actually knows about the world of fashion.

    Hermes scarves, which can cost upwards of $800, are always vibrantly-colored and complicated screen prints. The printing alone typically requires 15-20 separate hand-screening operations, all done on high-quality silk (because no other material takes color like silk), to extremely fine tolerances. If even one of those 15-20 screenings is off-register by a millimeter, that scarf is no longer salable. How do I, who could never afford to own one, know this? I have a wealthy friend who collects them. I've seen the ones she wears, and she once got me into a Hermes sample sale (where they were still too expensive for me to buy one!). And I got schooled.

    You can see what real Hermes scarves look like here.

    As a last note, even a plain white silk scarf by Sheldon Shlabotnick would cost more than $5. That's what a synthetic scarf made in a third world country would cost, bought from a street vendor. I wear silk scarves from much less exalted makers than Hermes, and I expect to spend $30-$125 for one, depending on size, printing, and whether it's on sale.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Thu May 16, 2013 at 07:53:23 AM PDT

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    •  It may not have been a scarf--memory doesn't (0+ / 0-)

      serve. My point was that it was good enough for Miranda because it was by Hermes (Sorry, Sheldon.)

      $125 for a scarf? Yowza. I went bow (-tie) a few years ago and most of mine were bought at Syms (of memory every blessed). Some are flimsy, some are too thick and thus hard to knot, bu most are JUST RIGHT and they were quite inexpensive for a long time. $30 is the most I've ever paid, and that's because it was a pattern I'd never seen before or since and I figured one expensive bowtie wouldn't kill me. I stay away from haberdashers because I always feel vaguely guilty not buying something. OTOH, they sell bowties for $45 and up, and I wouldn't pay that for a four-in-hand tie that contains 5x the silk.

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