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Skarfe is Australia's premier scarf boutique. We source & select the finest scarves from around the world, and ship to your door for free. Skarfe also offers custom digital printing services & works with talented local artists on limited edition scarf collaborations.

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IT'S A WHITELEY!

Brad McGlashan

Whiteley. The name says it all. In a mere two syllables an anthology of Australian artistic icons was born. Brett Whiteley is undoubtedly one of our most celebrated and revered artists. His impact on our culture is profound and continues to resonate long after his death.

The NGV’s latest exhibition, ‘Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions’, draws comparisons with fellow Australian artist, George Baldessin. The exhibit explores the artists’ work in the context of what it is to be human in an urban environment at a time of tension, while also celebrating the human spirit.

To hallmark the exhibition we custom printed Whiteley’s 1975 work, ‘Evening coming in on Sydney Harbour’, onto diaphanous silk chiffon with hand-rolled hems. Sydney harbour’s inky waters ripple and swell upon its generous size, with glimpses of the Harbour Bridge appearing every now and then in Whiteley’s characteristic brushstrokes. Like his art, this scarf has longevity.

Subtle nuances in colour and subject make it perfect for both day and night. We can only imagine the sense of pride one must feel to hang a Whiteley, but to wear one? Just think of the thrill when people ask: “Whose scarf is that?”, to which you respond: “It’s a Whiteley!”

For more info on Skarfe’s custom printing services email info@skarfe.com or if you’d like a Whiteley scarf of your own, contact the NGV Store.

Brett Whiteley silk chiffon scarf by SKARFE for the NGV.

Brett Whiteley silk chiffon scarf by SKARFE for the NGV.

RUNWAY READY: JOTHOMASINA

Brad McGlashan

Jothomasina’s cashmere modal scarves dictate fashion. More than mere print, these scarves read like the pages of Vogue with illustrated looks direct from the runway. A mixture of primrose pink, lilac, powder blue and grey, the ‘Pastel Runway Scarf’ offers a myriad of outfit opportunities. 

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Keeping with the notion of ‘fashion forward’ we have teamed this scarf with Prada’s outrageous feather trimmed jeans. For a few seasons now jeans have been infiltrating the ‘dressed-up’ sector — marking their territory in the office, restaurants and even cocktail parties. To pull them off though you need the perfect top — something glamorous, daring and voluminous. We love Rosie Assoulin’s pink blouse* patterned with cameos. It’s V-neckline acts like a frame for Jothomasina's scarf and brings out the pastel tones. Keep your shoes fun but not too over-baring, like Rochas’s floral bow beauties, remember you want those feathers to fly! Olympia Le Tan’s cult embroidered book clutches are the ultimate fashion favours, while Serge Kirchhofer’s rose-coloured glasses keep things feeling rosy. 

Shop our JOTHOMOSINA cashmere scarf edit here

*Now sold out. Find similar here or try this bow-embellished cardigan for a more casual feel.

KOI ESS-ENCE

Brad McGlashan

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Immerse yourself in the wonder of the natural world with Arlette Ess’s ‘Koi’ scarves. Based on the artist’s original Indian ink painting, they feature the feng shui number of nine koi, swimming closely together in a swirl of colour and movement. The vivid colours are true representatives of the koi breeds; Sanke, Kigoi, Asagi, Tancho, Kumonryu, Matsuba, Utsuri, Goromo and Soragoi. With a mythological undertone, Ess explores the duality in the ‘attracting prosperity’ of these prized fish. Far beyond their symbolic notes, Ess’s works are beautiful wearable objects. Available in silk twill, silk chiffon and wool, these are scarves that transcend seasons, swimming around your neck in an organic display of shapes and patterns. 

Ess’s art reads like a love letter to nature. Her intricate renderings communicate so much more than mere representation. They exude a sense of fragility, an ephemeral beauty that stems from the artist’s deep connectivity to the world. It is this essence that makes us so proud to include her scarves into our repertoire. 

Shop the Arlette Ess selection here.

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CREATIVITY TAKES COURAGE!

Brad McGlashan

Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage” and nothing could be truer about this look! Karen Black’s cashmere modal scarf acts as our muse with its painterly yet abstracted forms rendered in primary hues.

Designed to drape effortlessly around the neck, it sits atop Marni’s mustard yellow sweater dress, which we dare you to wear over patterned pants! Yes ladies! A dress over pants is the look du jour! It takes guts, but if your proportions are right it can be a winner. Either go for just above the knee or mid-calf to ankle length. The line is also key so choose either an A-line dress with skinny pants or a straight shift with wide legs.

To elongate your silhouette, opt for Dries Van Noten’s irresistible velvet pumps, with a heel so striking it deserves to be displayed on the mantle! Make the colours in Black’s scarf go ‘pop!’ with bold Perspex accessories like these cuffs by Lizzie Fortunato and Sylvio Giardina and earrings by All Things Mochi.

Simon Miller’s pony skin Bonsai bag breaks up the madness, while still offers an artistic edge with its speckled resin ring handles. Whack on a pair of crazy frames and you could almost be mistaken for one of Black’s colourful characters! 

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HUSEYIN SAMI X SKARFE

Brad McGlashan

Huseyin Sami,   Untitled (PWGB)   2016, acrylic on canvas, 153 x 122cm

Huseyin Sami, Untitled (PWGB) 2016, acrylic on canvas, 153 x 122cm

Huseyin Sami’s work seems to lend itself to the art of the scarf. His unique material language of painting and his exploration of opening up a new creative space, seems harmonious with our own ideas of wearable art. Delicious Neapolitan hues of household paint seem to drape over the canvas exploring colour, form and materiality. It is this tactility that adds another element to our sizable silk twill design.

At our recent scarf-tying event in aid of Pratham AUS, it was fascinating to see how the colours and drape complemented each complexion, adding softness and style in an understated and beautiful way. The joy of owning and wearing this scarf, is that however you tie it, it will always look different — what could be more exciting than a piece that will constantly surprise?

Huseyin Sami is represented by the Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney, and the Sophie Shannon Gallery in Melbourne. Shop the limited edition scarf collaboration here.