Prestigious French fashion house Hermès have teamed up with Paisley and the town’s globally recognised Pattern for their spring/summer collections.
Paisley was put on the map in the 18th and 19th centuries thanks to the patterned garments, beautifully designed by the town’s weavers, which became a fashion craze among Europe’s wealthy middle classes – and the motif remains popular today.
Paisley Museum retains the world’s largest collection of Paisley shawls, plus thousands of original designs – and the iconic Pattern has inspired new designs being issued by Hermès this month as part of their spring/summer collections.
The team from Maison Hermès were invited to visit Paisley Museum and the magnificent 850-year-old Paisley Abbey to view the collections and selected the wonderful designs for adaption into a Cashmere Chale Scarf, a Silk Gavroche Scarf and a Bangle.
The Maison Hermès will offer all seven versions of the chale in each colour pattern developed and have also donated versions of the Gavroche and the Bangle to the town, to be displayed and archived for Paisley Museum.
The project was born thanks to Penny Martin, Editor in Chief of The Gentlewoman magazine, who contacted Hermès’ Women’s Artistic Director Bali Barret about the special place and opportunity which Paisley represents.
The Hermès collaboration is part of the ongoing work to transform Paisley’s future by retelling its internationally-significant heritage and cultural story and become one of Scotland’s top destinations – which includes reconnecting the Pattern to Paisley and a £42m transformation of Paisley Museum and Art Galleries into an international-class visitor destination.
Paisley museum closed last year ahead of the four-year refurbishment, led by award-winning international architects AL_A.
The museum collections can still be viewed in Paisley: The Secret Collection – the first-ever publicly-accessible museum store on a UK High Street.
This collaboration with Maison Hermès will showcase Paisley and its unique textiles collections to industry and consumers around the world, who can visit and help the town and its people, build connections, and support the development of the commercialisation of the collections for the town and its communities.
A digital archive of the Pattern is also set to launch – so keep an eye on this page for more information to come.
If you’d like to find out more about the collaboration and the Paisley Pattern archive, you can contact us here.