I am a scarf addict. It must be said. There is a towering pile of Hermes scarves in my bedroom; a collection of Indian shawls; random scarves picked up from markets; pashminas - well, you get the idea.  Scarves are amazing: they can elevate a jeans and tshirt outfit to fashionable, they can convert from colourful accessory to a cape to keep you warm on a chilly evening, they can be a top or a head scarf or a bag or a necklace! They are the most versatile accessory I know of. 

And as it happens, I am also an illustrator slash designer slash slash...So one day, as I was admiring the cleverness of a Hermes scarf (no two corners are alike in Hermes scarves, and I have stolen that idea for mine too) it occurred to me I could actually cater to my scarf obsession by making some. How hard could it be? Well, ahem.....Designing the scarves? Not easy, but achievable and quite a pleasing endeavour. Producing them in a way that is ethical and non exploitative while not hiking production costs to ridiculous heights? Well, that was difficult. Mongolia, India, China are all affordable options and local artisans are amazingly skilled with silk, fabric dye, embroidery. Unfortunately they also tend to be overworked and underpaid by the companies employing them; and until I can have control over wages and working conditions that scenario is not one that sits well with me. So all my scarves are manufactured and finished in the UK. The costs are not low and the profit margins aren't high, but I can feel good about not making anyone's life worse just to make my life prettier; and so can you. 

And I do hope these silk scarves will make their owners' lives just a bit prettier; they are all hand illustrated, then scanned into the computer, vectorised and coloured in. As such, there are imprecise lines and handmade imperfections but hopefully a warm, handcrafted feel as well. Most of them started with a song or a poem that haunted me at some point. Leonard Cohen's Lullaby, Moustaki's La Mer, Blake's The Tyger, and so on. I still have an Edward Lear one in mind (I used to read The Owl and the Pussycat to my then unborn son, every night), some dragons and then Paris. I always have Paris humming a love song in some corner of my mind. 

As for the colours, they are inspired by the TCI (True Colour International personal colour profiling system (NOT Bridget Jones' mother's "You must get your colours done darling!" but a modern and scientific version based on Munsell's colour system) and while I can claim no accreditation or approval from TCI, I have tried my best to group together colours that would suit one's colouring. The palettes I work with have been calibrated by similar hue, value and chroma so they work together in a coherent way.

The scarves come in cornflower blue and copper foil drawer style boxes (you know how hard it is to extract a scarf from the middle of a towering pile?! I'd so rather just pull a drawer!), accompanied by a copper foil card with an outline of the scarf design and the poem that has been the inspiration behind it (frame that one, it's pretty!), as well as a "Caring for this product" card that can be stored with the scarf. Speaking of storage, please please store the scarf in the box, out of the light; sunlight fades silk terribly. 

There you have it: my unfiltered scarf journey in a nutshell. I hope I can convince at least some of you that scarves are the best accessory there is, regardless of where you live or how you dress. Until then, thanks for stopping by and reading all of this! xx