Oh, Canada!

Sum­mer 2017

Fashion (Canada) - - Patriot Love - —Noreen Flana­gan

There are 50-plus species on the “Into the Cana­dian Wild” Her­mès scarf, but the ones that cap­ture my imag­i­na­tion are the sur­real spirit bear from Bri­tish Columbia’s tem­per­ate rain­for­est, the mag­i­cal Arc­tic-dwelling nar­whal and, most espe­cially, the mys­te­ri­ous snowy owl that dom­i­nates the up­per left cor­ner. It’s the of­fi­cial bird of Que­bec, but it’s the myths as­so­ci­ated with this crea­ture that have in­trigued me since I was girl. Be­cause owls live in a world of shad­ows, many cul­tures con­sider them to be per­cep­tive, wise and fierce nav­i­ga­tors of the un­known (a rather aus­pi­cious metaphor for the times in which we live). For artist Alice Shirley, who was com­mis­sioned to cre­ate the spe­cial scarf, the im­age of the bird in flight was a lovely mo­tif. “I think the snowy owl is also a point of af­fec­tion for peo­ple be­cause Harry Pot­ter had one,” she adds, with a coy laugh. Shirley’s af­fec­tion for the owl—and all an­i­mals—in­forms the art she cre­ates. “I’ve al­ways been a big na­ture lover,” ex­plains the 32-year-old artist who calls Lon­don, Eng­land, her home. “It’s an end­less well of in­spi­ra­tion, and the pro­tec­tion of it is vi­tal to hu­man life.”

TO CEL­E­BRATE OUR COUN­TRY’S SESQUI­CEN­TEN­NIAL AN­NIVER­SARY, THIS UNIQUE VER­SION OF HER­MèS’S “INTO THE CANA­DIAN WILD” SCARF ($480 ) WILL BE RE­LEASED IN CANADA THIS JUNE, IN SUP­PORT OF EVER­GREEN CANADA.

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