Kermit Oliver for Hermès (Rare) 1990s Authentic Hermès ‘Le Cheval Express’ Silk Scarf
Founded in 1837, Hermès International S.A. started life as harness manufacturer operating from the Grands Boulevard area of Paris, France.
Having won numerous design awards during 1855 through to 1867, the company began to sell directly to a discerning public, later serving clients as far away as North Africa, Russia, Asia and the Americas.
Throughout the 1920s, Hermès began to expand its wares with the inclusion of golfing jackets, handbags, scarves, and later perfumes and 18k gold watches.
With its tradition of using only natural materials, the brand enjoyed uninterrupted success, until the early 1970s showed a marked decline in orders, largely due to competitors adopting synthetic materials manufacturing processes, thus proliferating the market with far more inferior but lower priced alternatives.
Branching out into dining and tableware, the firm soon began producing exquisite creations using porcelain and crystal, while expanding its store ownership throughout the 1990s, yet restricting all production to France and exercising fierce design controls on the entire Hermès portfolio.
The company currently boasts annual revenues in excess of £4bn and continues to maintain its very dominant position in the high luxury goods market.
This is a visually striking and absolutely authentic vintage Hermès ‘Le Cheval Express’ silk scarf by Kermit Oliver. Mr Oliver was said to be the only American artist ever to design for the Maison Hermès, with this extraordinary scarf being issued in 1993. The Pony Express design is abundant in detail of a bygone era in American history and culture, which we now only know from classic cinema. Kermit Oliver was the designer of several scarves, all of which are known to be highly popular and much sought after by true Hermès collectors.
Designer Kermit Oliver
Fabric 100% silk
Excellent (see condition chart)
Approximately 36″ x 36″ (90 x 90 cm)