Saturday, 15 May 2010

Caring for your Plissé Scarves

I have watched the SAs in Hermès fold plissé scarves into their little round boxes several times and I think I have the "knack" now!  A few people have asked me what to do when the pleats come apart a little - my suggestion is to wrap the scarves carefully like the Hermès SAs and pack them in their boxes the right way round so as to ensure the pleats are "compressed" into shape.  For my plissé that came from an Ebay sale with no box I found that it was a tiny bit out of shape so I wrapped it around a water spray canister that was the right size and patted the scarf down as far as it would go, compressing the pleats, and this seems to have helped ease the pleats back. 
If you have a box then here is my video "how to" of putting the scarf back in its box correctly. Start by taking the end of the scarf in your hand, held in place by your thumb. Then start to wind it around, carefully coaxing the pleats together whilst also trying to keep them flat. It looks a bit wide at the start of the video, but as the scarf is wound up and popped in the box, the pleats settle down into place. Hope this helps!
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8 comments:

  1. ScarfA, it seems that we have some kind of telepathic communication: I wanted to ask you about how to store my plissés and you came up with this incredible update of your blog! Thank you, Thank you very much for posting it! Both the picture and the videos are impressive, congratulations. M

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  2. Oooh that's just spooky/ESP - but thank you for the lovely compliments Birkinmary - great they have been of use!

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  3. Thank you for the how-to video... I have two plissé scarves that I love and often worry after I wear them that a) I won't be able to get them back into the box correctly, and b) I am wearing them too much and the pleats will start to loosen. At least now I have a better chance of getting them back into the box correctly and extending the life of the pleats.... Your scarf knowledge is always appreciated.

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  4. Thank you SMR that is very kind of you to say so! I had the same worries - that's when I started watching the SAs!!

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  5. Would you have any tips on the dry cleaning or hand washing of Hermes scarves ( the non-plisses ones)- I'm not sure which is best? Thank you.

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  6. Just got my first plissé (Grands Fonds) and this was extremely helpful. Thanks so much!!!

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  7. The pleats have come out of my plissé scarf. The Hermes store in London reports that Paris no longer re-pleats. Do you know where I can get it done. Thank you

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  8. Hi Bedge..sorry no I don;t know anyone that pleats - what a pain! I heard that Paris only had on elderly gentleman that made the plisses and he retired seems his skill went with him. I wonder if you could try ironing creases back in - bit of a tedious job but the only thing I can think of! SA

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