Object Lesson: Global Warming

Harald's super-cool oversized scarf will change how you feel about winter. By Laura Schechter
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Every style-savvy New Yorker (and Chicagoan and Bostonian, for that matter) knows that a chic scarf, not just a warm one, is an absolute winter necessity. But more than ever, it's a multiseasonal must, too: The right swath of cozy fabric can finish off any outfit, whether you're a him or a her. And what could be better than an accessory that can instantly transform even a pair of jeans and ten-year old trainers? We've found the Harald Kaffiyeh scarf fulfills much more than just the warmth prerequisite: At approximately 45" x 45", it allows you to wrap, drape, and tuck to your heart's content. Made from 100% cotton and dyed in stormy shades of grey and aubergine, these scarves can easily adapt to any seasonal wardrobe, from New York, to L.A., to Paris.
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Harald is the brainchild of Robert Geller, a design-alum of Cloak, who started Harald in order to make good on his dream of doing womenswear. "I left [Cloak] after the fall '04 collection to start the line," Geller says. "Harald's fall collection was inspired by wanting to combine the softness and elegance of a chiffon dress with the toughness of a leather bomber." This element of contradiction is a Harald signature, and the Kaffiyeh scarves are a perfect example. Geller envisioned it as an interpretation of the Arabic warm-weather scarf, also known as a shemagh, designed to protect from direct sun and shield the mouth and eyes from dust and sand. Of course, subway grit qualifies, too.
Harald scarf, $105, available in New York at www.mickmargo.com, 19 Commerce Street (b/w 7th Avenue and Bedford Street) and in Los Angeles at Dolce Vita, 8481 Melrose Place, 323-782-9739. For more information about Harald, go to www.haralddesign.com
Harald's super-cool oversized scarf will change how you feel about winter.
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