Harper's Bazaar - When Hermès creates a scarf for a philanthropic cause, it's never going to be just any scarf. The storied French house and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization (founded in 2006 by Tom Kaplan and his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan) have joined forces to honor the work of wildlife artist Robert Dallet to raise awareness for eight species of big cats: Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Cheetah, Cougar and Clouded Leopard.
The two part initiative includes the presentation of Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet at The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut from January 10 to March 13, 2016—featuring 75 of Dallet's paintings, drawings, and sketches, presented by Hermès and Panthera.
Additionally, Hermès created six hand crafted one-of-a-kind objects to be auctioned off by Sotheby's during a gala dinner on January 8, with proceeds directed toward the Robert Dallet Initiative for Wild Cat Conservation.
The scarf’s retail price was marked at $48,000, but will be sold to the highest bidder at the gala event.