The story behind

Reproduced, repeated and aligned in sequence, galloping frames rush into a composition punctuated with oversized trimmings and floral ornaments. In 1957, Hugo Grygkar, Hermès' most prolific designer, created the Harnais Français scarf inspired by an original drawing dating from 1804. The drawing from the Émile Hermès collection was by Fontaine & Percier, official architects to Napoleon Bonaparte and main representatives of the Empire style. Hugo Grygkar placed two horses, lavishly harnessed for the Emperor Napoleon I’s state coach, at the center of his composition. More horses leaped to life in the four corners. Today, the same subjects are featured in this new scarf.