Fashion is dynamic and changing rapidly, but some of the fashion industry’s most prominent brands have managed to create timeless design icons. Hermès scarves, Chanel bags or Louis Vuitton chests are icons that remain beyond any season collection. French auction house Tajan has an upcoming online auction of luxury vintage accessories that takes place on their website on June 29.
The Hermès scarf or carré was introduced first in 1937. The first scarf was in the classic 70 cm x 70 cm size, with a print of white-wigged females playing a popular period game, and it was a custom-made accessory named Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches. Émile-Maurice Hermès personally oversaw the production of scarves; purchasing raw Chinese silk, spinning it into silk yarn and weaving it into a fabric twice as strong and heavy as most scarves made at that time.
Since then, a Hermés scarf is one of the most exclusive accessories one can own with its unmatched quality, unique designs and cultural importance. Today, the main line of Hermés scarves measure 90×90, weight 65 grams and they are woven from the silk of 250 mulberry moth cocoons with handstitched hems. Hermés scarves were worn by several important people like Queen Elizabeth II, Grace Kelly, Princess Grace, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct and so on. A Hermés scarf is not only for wear, one can find it framed as a wall-hanging, well deserved as the art works they are.
Another item that catches the eye is a timeless Chanel handbag. This original model is the East West design of Chanel and is now discontinued. It features the classic Chanel handbag form with shoulder chain but a modern and unique cover in monogrammed pink canvas.
Tajan’s auction includes a very special Louis Vuitton trunk. Louis Vuitton was founded by Louis Vuitton himself, in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. Today, Louis Vuitton offers a plethora of luggage pieces in countless combinations of pattern interpretations, materials, and shapes, but it all began with the trunk or “malle,” in French. In 1858, the first Louis Vuitton trunk was introduced, featuring Vuitton’s grey Trianon canvas.
The Vuitton trunk was especially noteworthy upon its introduction, as it was the first trunk to have a flat top and bottom, so as to be stackable and more easily transported. Previously, trunks of the day featured rounded tops to facilitate water run-off.
The model here is present since 1896 as “The Monogram Canvas” model. Louis Vuitton died in 1892, thereby passing the control of the company to his son, Georges Vuitton. Georges has grandiose dreams for the brand and took great strides to catapult the company into iconic prestige as a worldwide luxury corporation. In 1896, Georges introduced the signature LV Monogram canvas, but did not sell the first Monogram until 1897. The Monogram’s symbols, namely the graphic flower and quatrefoil, echo the Oriental design trend of the late Victorian era. The world is wildly familiar with the Monogram canvas, the most dominant of canvases used by the company.
View all the items of the auction here.
Photos courtesy of the Tajan Website.