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Stroll around any of Connecticut’s most charming towns and you’ll surely spot an Hermès scarf or five tied in a myriad of ways on ladies out to lunch. Like pearls and shift sundresses, the French house’s iconic silk scarves are a wardrobe staple for a certain stereotype within the state.

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CENTERED RHYME, A LIMITED-EDITION 90X90CM SILK TWILL SCARF FEATURING A DESIGN BY THE LATE AMERICAN ARTIST ELAINE LUSTIG COHEN (1927–2016). Photo: Hermès

Appropriately, the inspiration behind the Hermès’ newest scarf stems from a Connecticut landmark: Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Featuring a graphic design based off of a 1967 painting by American artist Elaine Lustig Cohen, it appeals to contemporary art collectors and architecture buffs just as much as the local preppy style set.

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HERMÈS LUNCHEON GUESTS WATCH A MODERN DANCE PERFORMANCE OUTSIDE THE GLASS HOUSE IN NEW CANNAN, CONNECTICUT. Photo: Hermès

Following a 2015 exhibition of the Cohen’s early paintings at the Glass House, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès, met the artist at her Manhattan home. The two creatives shared a intellectual and philosophical connection while touring her remarkable personal collection of eclectic art and artifacts and ancient silks. From there they decided to collaborate on a scarf based on one of her paintings, “Centered Rhyme (1967).”

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A LUNCHEON GUEST WEARS THE NEW CENTERED RHYME SILK SCARF FROM HERMÈS. Photo: Hermès

The limited Hermès edition 90cm x 90cm silk scarf is printed in Lustig Cohen’s original coloration (crème, jaune, and rose) for Centered Rhyme. A portion of proceeds from its $395 sale benefit the preservation of The Glass House.

To celebrate the launch of the new scarf, Hermès hosted a spring luncheon on the grounds of the iconic modernist house.

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MARTHA STEWART AND U.S. PRESIDENT AND CEO OF HERMÈS ROBERT CHAVEZ. Photo: Hermès

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ESQUIRE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JAY FIELDEN WITH HIS DAUGHTER. Photo: Hermès
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ARTIST VALERIA NAPOLEONE WITH TWIN SISTER, DESIGNER STEFANIA PRAMMA. Photo: Hermès
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BILL SOFIELD AND MIMI STERNLICHT. Photo: Hermès

From: Town & Country