Just a short drive south of Dallas in Waco, Texas, 17 of the most popular Hermès scarves were created, by the most unassuming of men, Kermit Oliver. Oliver is the only American to design for the French company and his scarves have a cult-like following –selling out before they even hit luxury boutiques. But the self-proclaimed recluse has never enjoyed the fame his talent brought him and therefore decided to move his family to Waco, from Houston, to live. Last year he retired from the US Postal Services after 36 years of working the night shift as a mail sorter. For years, he would return home from work, rest, and then paint in his home studio for the rest of the morning. The Art League of Houston honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts last year as well.
The Martin Museum at Baylor University is hosting an exhibition of his most recent works (May 4 to July 13), which will include some of his most famous scarves. Special pieces from private collectors will also be on display, as well as some from his wife’s personal collection. We promise it will be well-worth the drive – you can even grab a Kolache at the Czech Stop on the way!