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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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WHEN OPERA MET JASMINE: NEW FROM BIRD & KNOLL

Brad McGlashan

East meets West with “When Opera met Jasmine”, the inspired A/W 2017 showcase of wearable wanderlust from Australia / New Zealand accessories label Bird & Knoll. 

Introducing six new additions to Bird & Knoll’s celebrated collection of luxurious, oversized scarves, each piece depicts an image of an iconic destination, captured via the camera lens of Natalie Knoll and transposed on to the wearable canvas of the scarf. Charting a rich cross-cultural journey, “When Opera Met Jasmine” traverses the globe and celebrates in the rich and colourful imagery of eastern and western culture. 

The collection merges designers Natalie Knoll and Macayla Chapman’s visual storytelling of far-flung global destinations including London, New York, Tuscany, Bali, New Zealand and Hong Kong, with their tactile cashmere-blend. This season the duo debut a stunning Italian blend of cashmere and modal woven in the foothills of Como, Italy. The new fabrication represents the perfect warmer complement to Bird & Knoll’s existing lightweight eastern wraps and the ultimate tactile harmony. 

“When we initially researched our signature composition we knew that we wanted cashmere, but as beautiful as it is it can ‘pill’ and ‘pull’. The modal, a fibre derived from the beech tree, makes it strong and hard-wearing and coupled with the cashmere it remains a beautiful soft canvas for our imagery. As well as its durability, it travels extremely well, packs really small and light and decreases very quickly when hung over a door or chair,” explains Natalie Knoll. “We love the versatility of cashmere and modal too,” adds Macayla Chapman. “So easy to wear as a wrap, a scarf, a sarong and a headscarf.”

The Bali, New Zealand and Hong Kong scarves are made from Bird & Knoll’s ‘Eastern’ fabrication, a lightweight mix of 10% cashmere and 90% modal. The Italian collection, woven in Como, Italy, is a slightly more ‘wintery’ combination of 20% cashmere and 80% modal, making for an even softer and more luxurious handle.

Shop the new range here

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!