Tie One On
Story and Photos by Meda Kessler
The scarf. It’s functional and fashionable. It’s the one accessory that stands the test of time. It’s also a fashion chameleon, able to be worn myriad ways.
Many can be considered works of art — frame-worthy and even gaining value over time: Think of those by Kermit Oliver, the Waco postman-painter who designed for Hermès. Jackie Chieffalo is co-owner of Chieffalo Americana with her husband, Rodger. They both have been collecting and selling mainly vintage silk scarves for years and have been steadily adding to the Fort Worth’s store inventory of Hermès and Gucci brands since it opened a year ago.
Fun pieces occasionally pop up including ’90s-era Versace and scarves by Egon von Furstenberg, onetime husband to Diane. Many have Western and hunting motifs, as the boutique/art gallery leans toward a fashionably rugged aesthetic with its own line of belts and buckles, vintage buckles and cowboy boots, and refurbished cowboy hats, as well as a rotating mix of wearables such as denim, khakis, vests, shirts and jackets.