Remember the time we talked about using Hermès scarves for a good cause?
This time, the concept takes a whole new twist with the brand’s philanthropic effort honoring incredible wildlife artist Robert Dallet to benefit Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization.
Robert Dallet created twenty-five scarves for Hermès including the iconic Jungle love in 2000, Tendresse féline and Les Tigreaux, both in 2012. His work has also graced a myriad of other iconic Hermès products.
Never has raising awareness for wildlife been so chic. The initiative consists of six hand crafted one-of-a-kind objects to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s and Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet at The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut from January 10 to March 13, 2016.
Pictured above is Hermès Exceptional Silk Scarf: Carré Couture. Using Robert Dallet’s original sketches as reference, eight artists worked in tandem to transpose the design to twenty-four individual printing frames used to transfer the images onto silk twill at the Hermès atelier in Lyon, France.
Engraving of the design required 1,400 hours of handwork. Following its printing, the scarf was hand-embroidered with glasswork pearls, crystals and emeralds. The retail price for the scarf is $48,000, in case you’re looking for an investment piece.