Edited by Emily Draznik on
The Hermés fashion house is one that is most famous for its intricate silk screened scarves. The designer of these elaborate prints is surprisingly none other than a Kermit Oliver, a postal worker from Waco, Texas in his late sixties.
Kermit Oliver is a quiet postal worker in his late sixties who also paints the designs for Hermés’ infamous silk screen scarves. He’s been painting for the brand since the 1980′s and 16 of those designs sold out. The spotlight shy painter has chosen not to support his family from his art, regardless of his commercial success with the fashion brand.
He stated, “That doesn’t interest me. Painting is just something I do.” Well, most people who just paint for fun do not normally sell their artwork for $70,000 or get profiled by People Magazine. He paints after his night shift at the Waco post office and sends off the 90 x 90 designs after a year of work to be silk screened.
Goes to show that fashion’s influence extends much farther than we imagine. One would assume that the Hermés scarves are created by someone famous in Paris who paints multi-million dollar works of art, but instead it’s an aging American postal worker. Therefore it is more apparent now than ever that looks definitely are deceiving and that’s whether they are the designer of best-selling intricate silk scarves or a fashion designer out of Paris, France.