At first glance, Hermès’ silk Dreamcatcher tie appears to be characterised by a repeat-print variation of the brand’s signature ‘H’ icon. However, a closer look reveals an embroidered motif hidden on the back, which depicts the spider web design, hanging feathers and beads of a dreamcatcher – a woven net believed to only allow good dreams to pass through it. Originating from Native American Indians, dreamcatchers were traditionally hung above the beds of sleeping children to protect them from bad dreams and evil spirits.
Every Hermès tie comprises two panels of printed silk, reinforced by two interfacing linings that are sewn together by hand using the triangular dovetail technique with a single thread that measures 1.70m. Renowned for their whimsical and fantastical motifs, it takes the skill of 14 graphic designers to work on the pattern and colour for each tie design, and once the print is finalised, it is hand-stencilled onto the finest quality silk.
First established in 1837 as an equestrian bridle and harness-maker, the French fashion house introduced silk ties to its repertoire in 1949, and men’s ties are now one of Hermès’ most popular accessories. With a vast array of designs to choose from, each with a unique story to tell, The Royal Exchange Hermès boutique is the perfect place to discover accessories that will imbue your formal attire with a more personal touch.
7cm Dreamcatcher tie, £185, Hermès at The Royal Exchange
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