One of the most charming areas in Québec City is le Petit-Champlain. It’s full of charming little boutiques where you can find something special for yourself or as a gift. One of the prettiest boutiques is Le Soierie Huo, filled with beautiful, hand-painted scarves.
Dominique Huot and Hugues Beaulieu create the majority of the colorful squares at their home in nearby Lévis but can often be found painting in their shop at 91, rue du Petit-Champlain. Le soie (luh swah) means “silk” and you will certainly find plenty of beautiful silk scarves here, but you will also find fine woolen ones as well as men’s ties.
The scarves are a riot of colors. Some resemble a watercolor painting while others feature hand-painted flowers or stenciled leaves. Adding salt to the painted surface gives a dappled, impressionistic look.
Many of the scarves feature a genius clip in a matching fabric. If you would like to wear a scarf with the insouciance of a française but feel that you can never pull it off, the clip will revolutionize how you feel about yourself. In addition, the Huo duo slip a handy guide for a variety of ways to wear your scarf and clip into each bag. If a visit to Québec City isn’t in your near future, you can order on-line here.
- Hermes Carre Soie Scarves Fall/Winter 2013 Collection (myfacehunter.com)
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- Le flétan poêlé (onequalitythefinest.com)