The new design, "La Vie Sauvage du Texas," celebrates the state's wildlife, inspired partly by a three-day trip with Hermès bigwigs to the King Ranch. Although, as Oliver suggested, he's known many of the critters in the elaborate painting for the design all his life, and he has a library of books about them.
The bobcat looks especially intense, peering out, and a longhorn dominates the center of the composition, but other details of Oliver's art could keep you occupied for quite a while. It depicts 120 native animals in a prairie-wetlands environment typical of South Texas. Beautiful birds fly around the border.
The scarf was produced in four colorways in a limited edition of 2,000; but with pre-sales, Oliver's collectors had snapped up the orange and black versions even before the party began. Turquoise and pink versions were selling fast.
A portion of scarf sales benefits the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, which has produced peer-reviewed research on Texas native species for about 20 years through a partnership with Texas A&M University. -