Welcome! To our very first blog post. A little late off the starting blocks, but better late than never. And with what better subject, than with the origins of SKARFE itself.
I'm often asked by people, what inspired you to start a business dedicated entirely to scarves? Well after working in retail for many years, I decided to take a break and travel. During my time away, I gradually developed a habit of buying scarves as mementos of my journeys. From the night-markets in Luang Prabang, to the blindingly colourful handiwork of the Hmong women in Sapa, to a tiny boutique in Florence brimming with baroque-patterned cashmere. Each scarf was evocative of a time and place, a people, an aesthetic, of craft. And they were light, foldable, and made beautiful gifts. What could be a more ideal souvenir?
So on my return to Sydney, and over a few too many bottles of wine with a friend, it occurred to me that I had never seen a boutique exclusively dedicated to scarves in Australia. And thus, SKARFE opened its doors for the first time in May 2013. In the three years since, we have been lucky enough to sell beautiful scarves from the world over to our discerning clients. From digital silk prints from Paris, to Yak wool from Kathmandu, our range is constantly evolving with every new scarf discovery. We've collaborated with some of our favourite Australian artists on limited edition scarf ranges, and helped facilitate the digital printing of photography to fabric for our custom printing clients. And we have plenty more projects on the go for 2016.
Thank you for being part of the SKARFE journey!