High-end scarves get a turn at decor with de­signer Kari El­iz­a­beth’s stun­ning pil­lows.


Hamptons Magazine - - Contents - BY JULIE EARLE-LEVINE

Through her trav­els around the world, Kari Her­shey col­lected high-end scarves from Her­més, Chanel, Dior, and other de­sign­ers for more than 20 years be­fore she de­cided the pieces needed to be dis­played and en­joyed. So she trans­formed them into gor­geous vin­tage throw pil­lows, now sold un­der her up­scale life­style brand, Kari El­iz­a­beth.

In her home, you’ll find a clas­sic Her­més scarf, re­pur­posed into a pil­low that “just pops” on a white couch, sur­rounded by club chairs and cof­fee ta­bles from JANGEORGE in Sag Har­bor.

“It’s a state­ment piece with a pop of color, clas­sic vin­tage,” says Her­shey, who stud­ied tex­tiles at the New York School of In­te­rior De­sign and gath­ered scarves from France and Italy.

The de­signer re­cently be­gan col­lect­ing more scarves, and is sell­ing the ex­pertly crafted 100-per­cent silk pil­lows, rang­ing in size and shape from lum­bar to square, on­line. The cou­ture pil­lows, filled with a goose-feather and down blend, will also be sold in the Hamp­tons in a lim­ited quan­tity at Sea Green De­signs in Southamp­ton (sea­green de­signsllc.com).

Each has its own per­son­al­ity. “I think the Chanel, which is a very light, al­most pas­tel blue with a white logo, is stun­ning, while the Lan­vin, a Kelly green, would be amaz­ing for any Hamp­tons home,” says Her­shey, who has also cre­ated Rolex scarf pil­lows, which she rec­om­mends for a man cave or some­one who col­lects watches.

“The pat­terns and col­ors are ex­tra­or­di­nary. They’re for any­one who re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates vin­tage and mid­cen­tury fash­ion and de­sign. They are so col­or­ful and one of a kind.” karieliz­a­beth­llc.com

Dec­o­ra­tive pil­lows made from vin­tage de­signer silk scarves. from top: Chanel $560; Cartier $460; Rolex $420; Sant An­gelo $420; Givenchy $520.

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