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Hermès Silk Scarf JOUVENCE by Leila Menchari White Red Blue First Issue 1968

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Rare and collectible 1968 first issue "Jouvence" Hermès silk twill scarf designed by Leila Menchari. The scarf is titled "Jouvence" (Fountain of Youth) and was Menchari's first scarf design for Hermès which was first issued in 1968. Her design was inspired by and represents a mythical "fountain of youth" whose waters have the virtue of rejuvenating. The design was reissued in 1988 and 1997. The wonderful colourway comprises of a cherry-red and gold border surrounding a white center background with design details rendered in golds and navy blues with red accents. The silk twill is still crisp and the hand-rolled, hand-sewn edges are still plump. It is signed "Hermès Paris" and "Leila M.". The fact that it does not bear neither a copyright sign nor a care tag classifies it as being a 1968 issue. This scarf is guaranteed authentic and has not been on the market prior to this. No box, but will be wrapped with love. Worn very little and neither dry cleaned nor washed the design shows the original folding lines. Please read our condition report below. Excellent vintage condition. Very faint folding marks which are noticeable upon close inspection only. Just mentioned for accuracy. 89 x 89 cm – 35" x 35" Reference photo: Tunisian born, French trained, Hermès artist, Leila Menchari. Her career at Hermès began as an in-house model and continued as an artist/illustrator until her outstanding design work resulted in her appointment in 1977 as head stylist at the prestigious Maison by non-other than Jean Louis Dumas Hermès, the then president of Hermès.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 35 in. (88.9 cm)Width: 35 in. (88.9 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. xcellent vintage condition. Very faint folding marks which are noticeable upon close inspection only. Just mentioned for accuracy.
  • Seller Location
    Munich, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU78533296323

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About the Manufacturer

Hermès

For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.
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