This summer, as a New Job gift to myself, I caved and purchased the Symmetry Goods Parker Scarf from Of a Kind. I’m not the luxury accessory type, so $225 isn’t usually a price tag that makes its way into my wardrobe. But my empathy for emerging designers is high, my affinity for accessories that do double duty is strong, and these two things combined just grew exponentially over a nine-month duration between the original point of discovery and the breaking point of purchase.
It’s been one of my best purchases, ever, though. It’s traveled with me, protecting me from getting over-ACed with recycled airplane air; it’s doubled as my impromptu shoulder bag, hiding my outside-food from movie theater employees. It’s been a less-than-normal simple scarf I’ve worn with jeans and everydaywear, and is a total staple for me now.
Back at CTN I had a sad moment when I discovered that one of the grommets in the scarf detached itself, so I tweeted my dismay (This is a really articulately designed, fine crafted thing, so the detachment is really odd.), expecting to have to find a DIY fix to repair it myself. Instead, I got a ping from Ted at Symmetry Goods, who offered to fix it! For free!
I once bought a BCBG handbag and the handle came off. I made a special trip into the boutique in the city to be told I was shit outta luck. A free repair from a brand is a good deal, a kind gesture, and a move that should be noted by other emerging designers.
The scarf returned to me yesterday, and instead of just doing a quick patch-up of the grommet, Ted and his wife Gena (who comprise Symmetry Goods) replaced the entire corner piece with more ikat fabric, meaning I now have a one-of-a-kind Symmetry Goods scarf. (And it’s like new – I can’t even identify the original offending corner.) Now I’m even more in love with this scarf and devoted to this brand than I ever expected to be. This just affirms why I’m so much more willing to spend on new and indie brands: They are typically at a size where they can care about their customers, and doing things like fixing your purchase shows how they actively invest in their customer relationships.
There are multiple things about the Parker scarf that I love, but I think the reason why it consistently makes it into my outfit rotation is because it is casual without sacrificing an ounce of craftspersonship. (The Parker is made of Japanese fabric, thankyouverymuch.) Ted was reading my mind as we conversed over Twitter, because he sent along a preview of a Symmetry Goods’ Spring/Summer collection that is full of casual, classy, cool scarfery. My favorites below, with multiple stylings of course. Click here for the full gallery.
Mathews: rectangle, 2 fabrics, fringe, carabiner-based hardware.
Conrad: reversible bandana, carabiner-based hardware.
Wheldon: indigo hand dyed, carabiner-based hardware.
Dixon: transforming square scarf, carabiner-based hardware.
Turner: square, fastens with ring buckle.
P.S. I totally think Katniss would wear the Turner.