Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Hermès Twillys: Ties for Girls
There are a few reasons why I love going to Hermès:
1. I’m usually one of the youngest people in there. I’m 41. I can’t tell you how terrific this feels. By contrast when I go to J. Crew I’m one of the oldest.
2. Their gorgeous scarves, bags, belts, jewelry, fragrances and Ulysse leather notebooks exist outside of fashion. These are not items that will be out of style by next season, which is good because I can’t do trends. I can only do classics.
3. The Wall Street store, the one I prefer in Manhattan, is so wonderful to step into. On the flip side of the New York Stock Exchange, it is all silver and white and wood, and filled with light, and the sales associates are so nice. The Madison Avenue store, on the Upper East side in the 60’s, makes me slightly jumpy, which is another post entirely. In my experience it’s pretty much ladies with Birkins shopping for more Birkins, which makes me want to say to them, Are you kidding me, people? One is not enough?
4. Their Twillys. The last time I was at the Wall Street store I bought this Twilly in the Grand Manège pattern in the black/fuschia/red colorway. When I first saw a Twilly I wasn’t sure I’d like the size, 33 inches long and just 2 inches wide, but it is so easy to wear and it flaps jauntily in the breeze. The silk feels wonderful and the colors are unbelievable. On one tiny scarf they’ve managed to include bright orange-red, neon lime, hot pink, pale pink, and lavender, on a black background and with “Hermès” printed in their signature orange. It’s all a bridle theme and I’m not even remotely a horse person, but I am always into stripes and straps and flowers, so as soon as I saw this scarf in these particular colors I knew it was for me. I realized after a few wearings that what I like about this Twilly most of all is that I put it on and forget about it, like I imagine a guy puts on a tie.