Wednesday
Jan142015

How to Frame a Silk Scarf: Five Different Options 

 

Image: Hermes

 

Hermes Scarf Hanging Kit 

Using a magnet system, this set up allows you to attach to 4 wall mounts. As of this post, I am only able to find this online available via the Australian Hermes site, but I'm sure they come up occasionally online in other countries. If you prefer this system, and wish to rotate your scarves between the wall and your neck, check in with your local store about availability (go in person, they are loathe to give out any information over the phone unless you have a relationship with someone there and are an established customer). This option allows you to change out the scarf and does not damage the silk. The magnet clasps the scarf at each corner and then connects to the wall mount. Downside, just as expensive as getting a professional matte and frame.

 

 

Image: Apartment Therapy

 

Professional Framing

This is the option for me. Costs can add up quickly if you want to have the item well cared for inside its new home.....and gram's Hermes should expect nothing less. My local framer suggested the scarf be hand sewn onto a cloth/textured matte. They then build in another matte layer (which probably has a fancy term) between the cloth and the frame, forming a mini shadow box and allowing for some space between the silk and the plexi-glass.  The plexi-glass should provide UV protection, keeping your work from fading over time. Since the standard scarf is also quite large (Hermes typically runs 90 x 90), the plexi-glass keeps the piece from becoming too heavy, as it would be with standard glass. All materials should be archival quality. UV plexi-glass + archival materials mean your scarves colors and material will live on to be passed down to your grandkids. Which also means archival pricing, whomp whomp. My other point of counsel from the local frame shop was that you need a pretty sturdy frame, not a thin profile, in order to support the materials. So while I wanted something lean and mean, letting the scarf do the talking, I had to find a larger option. When choosing a matte, go for a color that complements the scarf, nothing bold, nothing too matchy matchy (about 2 inches wide). Same principle applies when choosing a frame design wise, take into consideration what other materials were used to frame other art work on the walls where the piece will go, but avoid perfect matches or anything that competes with the artwork of the scarf itself. Should go without saying, either bring the scarf ironed or make sure they iron it before framing it! All in, it was about $600 for the professional frame. It always pays to shop around, I find framing prices often vary quite a bit. 

 

Image: Apartment Therapy

 

DIY Lucite Framing

Similar to the Hermes wall mount system, this looks amazing, allowing the scarf to do all the talking. I'd definitely suggest lucite with UV protection if possible. Check out this excellent tutorial via Honey & Fitz. Almost has me thinking I could do it.

 

DIY Frame 

If you are going this route, you'll need to order a frame online or through a local shop. If you want to sandwich the scarf between the glass and backing, with no matte, and it is a standard 90 x 90 (CM), you'll need to find/order a 35 x 35 (INCH) frame.  Want a matte? You'll have to increase the frame size (try this matte and frame calculator). You can also find precut mattes at craft stores like Michael's. When mounting the scarf, I've seen some sites recommend cutting the head off a ball head pin and using that at the four corners to hold the scarf in place. Sounds a little too easy to me, but might be worth a shot (check out this tutorial with pics for more). Caution! I have not tested any of these DIY options! 

 

Image: Little Lovely

 

DIY print idea

This idea, from the site Little Lovely, is much easier than a DIY framed scarf. Why not simply sample some prints of Hermes scarves for framing? The suggested book? The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique by Nadine Coleno. You could also have color copies made of the prints if you didn't want to dismantle the book (or try to track down a used copy, that you didn't mind taking apart).

Image: The Real Real

 

Buying your scarf

Need ideas on where to shop for your vintage Hermes scarf? I LOVE the Real Real, an online consignment site. I looked for fun designs, used their color filter to find specific shades, and even had a deal for an additional 20% off the purchase price.  Hard to beat an Hermes scarf for $200, a fraction of the retail price and much less than a new painting! 

I have also purchased vintage scarves from Skinner Auction House. Set up an alert and get an email when ever they come up!

Don't forget about local consignment shops- The Closet and the Turnabout Shoppe in Wellesley often stock them.

 

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Monday
Jan122015

Sweater Season & Boston Weekly Events

 

Above: Isabel Marant Samuel sweater (scored at full on clearance at Net-a-porter), Frame Forever Karlie flares, Manolo Blahnik heels (similar version from Manolo here), Free People vegan clutch, Celine sunglasses

 

 

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. Sylvan Esso, another fabulous album from 2014.

What: As in, what went down this week/end. Basement runner, basement floor, new mantle, refinished stairs. Home stretch people! Basement reno is almost done!

It's too cold to dress at all put together. My clothing diet has consisted of sweaters, on sweaters. I finally scored this pretty number on clearance at Net-a-Porter. Which is still going strong with some great finds. 

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Louis Boston dropped sale news (currently 60% off), and then immediately dropped the bomb that they are CLOSING. While I have to admit, shopping there was at times cost prohibitive, they will leave a huge void in the local fashion scene. Was it the move to Seaport? That's what everyone is positing. My guess, just time to shutter and move on to bigger and better for owner Debi Greenberg. If you're going to go out, do it at top, with a bang. Sad to see an institution like this come to an end, whatever the back story. Sad for shoppers. Sad for people who appreciated the groundbreaking fashion. Sad for Boston, really. From my first pair of clearance designer jeans post college (I can't even remember what they were now, but man did I feel cool in them) to trips out to the waterfront for Jennifer Chun and brunch at Sam's, you will be missed Louis. You can read Debi's farewell here.

I am excited to be involved with the local chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) and even more excited that the first event is happening this month (with none other than Luke Aaron, might ring a bell from this recent interview). Promises to be a great evening, please brave the cold and join us. And check out FGI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all our amazing programming. 2015 is going to be a good one.

 

Last but certainly not least, sale season continues with another local fave, Mint Julep, who kicked off their gigantic end of season sale on January 9th. 25-75% off fall and winter items. Support local folks! 

 

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Friday
Jan092015

Friday Cocktail Series: Cranberry Mezcal-Rita Recipe

 

Born out of leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving, this recipe has seen me through the winter and then some. The smoky layers of Mezcal combined with the sweet tart cranberry and lime? Heaven.

 

Have you tied Mezcal? Hubs thinks, oh, same diff as tequila. Wrong. Oh so wrong. It is tequila's smokey, exotic cousin. Earthy, crisp, it smacks you in the back of the throat with flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

 

The cranberry simple syrup is a little more involved than my usual fare, but worth it. And hey, make a big batch and bring some to friends while you watch the game this weekend. Now you know our plans;)

 

Cheers!

Cranberry Mezcal-Rita

 

Makes 2

 

Ingredients

 

6 oz Mezcal
3 oz cranberry simple syrup (I like this recipe)
3-4 oz fresh lime juice* may need to adjust depending on limes, we usually do about two juicy limes
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier (optional

 

Directions

 

Pour all into a shaker, shake her up, and pour over ice. Garnish with cranberries. 

 

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