Winter 2016: I had never made my own scarves before. It was the first time ever I had started on this adventure.
Made with passion, I am glad to tell you a story:
Following the success of my flannel ties, and while I was organizing my new collection at my Italian supplier Atelier, Vitale Barberis Canonico (oldest weaver of high quality wool fabric in the world), I had the idea of make something other than ties.
Because I never worked and made my own scarves, I seized the opportunity.
I already had my little idea in mind.
I started to talk to Marie about my ideas (she is the cutter at my Atelier) and I see her hesitating, she was not really sure about it... but when I explain further my ideas, she convinces herself to cut the fabrics to make scarves. On my iPad, I was looking for dimensions that were found on the market.
I cut a standard dimension, pass the scarf prototype around my neck and tell myself that it was much too short (it fell down at the second button of my shirt back then).
I have always been frustrated with scarves that are not generous enough. I never understood why the lengths of scarves were so short on the market.
I therefore asked Marie to add an additional 30 centimetres. I iron it and find the ideal size, longer than what is usually done.
I was really happy with the result but not yet satisfied enough.
When I flew back home, I called my workshop and ask to cut some scarves and to roll them by hand, like my pocket squares.
Rolling the edges of the scarves would allow the fabric to hold better and not fray.
If there is something I don't like about scarves, it's that they hang very easily.
I therefore wanted to remedy repair and add this small detail, which is ultimately not a detail.
The seamstress tells me then that I was crazy, but I really wanted to test and wear them.
Even if the idea seemed crazy, I had to go to the end and see the final result on the first prototypes.
It actually was good but something was missing. Probably some details that no one can see on a scarf (even from that far of the product, no one sees wool fabrics basically dedicated to suits, as a scarf fabric).
I thought about adding a cross finish on the edge of the scarf, one daisy and two travetti, details found on shirt sleeves to prevent the seam from jumping.
I therefore ordered 50 scarves from my workshop...and they were gone in only 1 week!
You will see that I also played with new color tones especially to match the fabric to the small details of the scarf.