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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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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.

MEET OUR MATCH: ONE OF TWELVE

Brad McGlashan

There is no doubt about it, Australian organisation, One of Twelve, is our kindred spirit!  Passionate and dedicated to the art sector, they have created a range of scarves that celebrate emerging and established artists within the Asia Pacific region in a tangible way. As many of you are aware, art is at the heart of everything we do here at Skarfe — it is in every silk fibre that hangs in our store— so it seems only natural that we should welcome One of Twelve into our collection.

Working directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres, the range includes works by five artists: Margaret Baragurra, Derek O’Conner, Ham Darroch, Jimmy Donegan and Samuel Miller. Each vibrant design is realized on a silk satin square with hand-rolled hems and is accompanied with the artist’s card, detailing their background and practice. While each scarf is utterly unique, there is an intrinsic harmony that is so undeniably Australian. It is this focus, this interest in our country that makes these works so empowering.

We are so excited to have found our soul sister, or brother from another mother, in One of Twelve and hope you too will be captivated by their cultural synergy.

Shop the new One of Twelve range here

CASHMERE

Brad McGlashan

Image: Loro Piana

Image: Loro Piana

A Basic Overview of Cashmere

Cashmere is one of the world’s finest materials. It’s the staple of quality and style in countless genres of fashion—including scarves. Soft to the touch and extremely delicate, cashmere is mysterious while also highly desirable. Cashmere is fine in texture, strong, light, and soft. Garments made from it provide excellent insulation, approximately three times that of sheep wool. Cashmere is also softer than regular wool.

Let’s take a closer look into the world of cashmere and what makes this fiber so highly prized.

Cashmere Origins

The name cashmere originates from Kashmir, a region in northern India that eventually became widely known in Europe for gorgeous shawls. Cashmere has been manufactured in Mongolia, Nepal and Kashmir for thousands of years. Later on, European manufacturers developed better technology for processing cashmere fibers which led to a major boom in cashmere popularity during the twentieth century. Today, cashmere is used in pillows, blankets, shawls, slippers and of course, scarves.

Cashmere wool fiber for clothing and other textile articles is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere goats. Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. For the fine underdown to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing, the resulting "cashmere" is ready to be dyed and converted into textile yarn, fabrics and garments.

Cashmere Blends

Not all cashmere is created equal. Many are referred to as cashmere blends.

Silk and modal both blend particularly well with cashmere, and giving it a sheen and handle that is quite different than cashmere alone. Cashmere may also be blended with cotton to produce a less expensive, cooler item with similar characteristics and softness of a more expensive 100% cashmere garment. 

Why Cashmere is Best

Real cashmere is luxurious and feels incredible against the skin. It is also durable and makes for an excellent investment. Wrinkle resistant and easy to take with you on the go, it’s the perfect travel garment. Cashmere is also ideal for cooler climates as it insulates heat perfectly.

For nearly two hundred years, cashmere has been the quintessential fiber used in only the finest garments. Investing in cashmere offers years of enjoyment as a return. You can never go wrong choosing cashmere.

What to Look for When Buying a Cashmere Scarf?

The best advice is to buy from a reputable, knowledgeable, and long-term supplier of quality scarves. While shopping, analyze the item by rubbing the palm of your hand along the surface of your garment to see if fiber rolls off into small tuffs. If it does, that’s a sign of a poor quality item.

High quality, luxurious, and perfectly processed cashmere is a gift that scarf lovers can’t overlook. Its origins are rich and diverse stretching back thousands of years, and today it continues to bring joy to those of us who appreciate the finer details of our scarves.

IN LOVE WITH ELOI

Brad McGlashan

Images: Elois

Images: Elois

We chatted to Austin, Texas-based paper cutout Queen Paige Russell about the inspiration behind her brand Eloi. A graphic designer and artist by trade, she also reforges her original artworks into wearable art in the form of whimsical, yet perfectly polished scarves. Won over from first sighting, we've been been huge fans of her unique work and playful attitude for a season now, and will no doubt continue to be for many more seasons to come.

On a more serious note, Paige's scarves have some of the best colour show-through we've ever seen on a finished product, and are hand-hemmed perfectly. She makes a damn fine scarf, and is always good for a laugh. What more could you want from a designer? Shop her stunning range here.

Could you describe the physical process of making your artwork?

Well. All of the designs are made from construction paper cutouts. I usually begin by choosing a color palette so I don't go too insane, then I just play around cutting shapes until I have a good concept down and layer and layer and layer until I've decided I'm finished. I then photograph the piece and trace each shape in the computer to prepare for printing.

Which artists do you look to for inspiration? Past and present?

I love outsider art, my boyfriend's 8 year old's drawings, John Weseley, Henri Rousseau, Sandro Botticelli... 

How did you wind up making scarves from your artworks?

I thought it was a great way to make prints of the cutouts, screen printing them onto paper just didn't translate, the patterns needed to be fluid and take on a new meaning and purpose.

What are your interests outside of making art and scarves? How do you spend your weekends?

Hiking with the dog, playing tennis, watching trashy television, cooking, going to the library, drinking in excess, avoiding plans with people, amateur tap dancing around my house (usually unclothed)...

What are the biggest challenges in your line of work?

Building my business whilst continuing to make art that's authentic. I find myself neglecting reaching out for new business because all I want to do is work in the studio, and vice versa. Sometimes I don't feel like making work that will be for someone to wear, but I have to keep churning out new designs. These are all good problems to have.

Any new or exciting plans for the future?

Yes! Branching out. My patterns will be seen in many other contexts very soon....Happy day! 

WHY SCARVES?

Brad McGlashan

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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!