Remember the vintage scarves from this post? Well, I wore the blue-and-white polka dot scarf while shopping in Yaletown one day. In one store, a woman walked up to me. Her eyes were transfixed on my scarf as she asked me in a strange voice, "Did you buy that scarf in Japan?"
"No, I bought it from a vintage seller at a craft fair," I replied.
It turned out that this woman had an identical scarf which came from "a family friend" who printed the scarves in Japan. She asked if there was a signature on it anywhere and I said, "No...I don't think so." Curse my ignorance! If I had looked closer, I would've noticed the little scrawl in the corner. Fast forward a couple months, and while browsing for vintage scarves on Etsy, I came across many beautifully patterned numbers with the same signature. I realized after some further research that what I had was a bona fide vintage Vera Neumann scarf.
Vera was an artist turned fashion designer who began making scarves and patterned fabrics with her husband, a textile manufacturer, during WWII. What began as a cottage industry (they had a silkscreen custom-built to fit their dining table) transformed into a huge brand and company with a history spanning the latter half of the 20th century. Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe wore Vera scarves. How can you tell if a vintage scarf is a Vera? They're recognizable for their artistic and unique designs as well as the "Vera" signature in the corner. On some of her earlier designs, there's also a ladybug adjacent to the signature. (And yes, the designs were screened and manufactured in Japan for much of the company's history.)
You can read more about Vera's life and company on Wikipedia. I'm more interested in ogling her scarves. Good news for aspiring collectors: Many Vera scarves are affordable ($5-50 from what I've seen) and available on Etsy. I'm trying really hard to refrain from going nuts and buying all of them, particularly the ones with geometric designs.
via MenzoCollection, $14 US
via TotallyScarves, $12.95 US
via ruffledclothing, $28 US
Are you familiar with Vera Neumann scarves? Would you consider buying or wearing them?