Hermes Scarves

Requisite complement to feminine attire

Since 1937, as part of a "requisite complement to feminine attire," the Parisian house of Hermès has produced some of the world's most intricate and whimsical scarves, culminating in 12 patterns each year designed by artists exclusively hand-picked by the company. Among this spring's new arrivals are Robert Dallet's Jungle Love, which portrays two enamored leopards in the wild; Loïc Dubigeon's Compagnons de Mer (Sea Companions ), a celebration of marine life as seen through the eyes of a fisherman; and Hajime Katagiri's Chaque Rencontre Est Unique (Each Meeting is Unique), an intricate geometric work that expresses the individuality of the Japanese spirit. These pure-silk scarves measure 36 inches square, cost $275, and are available at most Hermès boutiques. 800-441-4488.