Let's Tie One On!

Okay, so I’m not talking drinks here, I’m talking scarves!  I love vintage scarves.  I had to “put a lid” on my collection because I have over 100 scarves and I finally had to ask myself, “Really?  Do I really need yet another scarf to go into a bin?”  Sure, I have used them as headbands, tied them on purses, used them as belts and even framed some of them.  But for the most part they just sit there.  I’m not willing to part with them so I do pull the bin out every once in a while to take a peek and get my happy on.

The majority of my collection is Vera Neumann scarves.  I’m going to guess most people have never heard of her.  Her designs are FABULOUS (in my opinion) and that’s really what drew me in.  Her scarves aren’t all that expensive.  She once said, “I don’t believe only the wealthy deserve good design.”  You can find them on eBay anywhere from $3-$30, but that’s not why I collect them.  I absolutely love her design, but I also fell in love with her story.  It’s a fascinating and inspiring one.  She was a wife and mother in her 40’s when she started designing scarves.  Let’s face it, back in the 1940′s a woman of 40 would be thought of as washed up.  Not the case with her.  I love the fact that she took her dream and ran with it.  She was a lifelong artist and wanted to come up with a way to get her art on fabric as well as other objects.  She started one of the first silk screening businesses and was popular from the mid 1940’s-1970’s.  By 1977 her empire charted $100 million in annual sales.  Anthropologie, Crate and Barrel and Target have also used her designs in recent years.  Lesson here, Ladies, is to believe in your dreams and your ability to make them happen.  Vera did and you can, too.

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