Collecting things is a hit or miss business. I had been thinking about a pair of shell and gold Trianon cufflinks for some months now, and when I finally decided to pull the trigger the other day found they had been sold just a few days before. That disappointment followed shortly after an eBay auction of an out of print book I had been seeking for years, where no sooner had I paid for the thing than the seller announced that he had sold it offline and no longer had it available.
At any rate, that is why when RJ announced that he would be in Paris this week with just enough free time to sneak into the local Hilditch & Key where, stuck in a drawer known only to a few, there were a couple Dame à la licorne themed scarves (similar to the tapestry in the photograph) that Hilditch had printed years ago in a blend of cashmere and silk that will likely never be seen again, there was no hesitation. And he reports that he has acquired the goods, though I will not celebrate until the package arrives safely.
This is a hit or miss business, but one out of three is not bad.
Photo: The Yorck Project