Dreyden for The Paris Review: Sans Serif Scarf
Black with lime and purple lettering inspired by Geneviève Claisse’s artwork from the Fall 1968 cover.
The scarf bears the humble motifs “Interviews Fiction Poetry Art” and “$1.25, 6/- 5F” (the cover price in 1968) as a nod to that moment in The Paris Review’s sixty-seven-year history.
25% cashmere 75% wool
Dimensions: 27" x 70"
Ultrafine gauge Shima Seiki digital jacquard knit
- Deadstock yarn collected from mills
About the scarf design
For this scarf, Dreyden drew inspiration from The Paris Review’s covers from the 1960s. In its second decade the Review freshened up the original cover template with an eye-catching identity that expressed the magazine’s revolutionary spirit: away went the standardized grid layout, the Pène du Bois eagle logo, the serif type and wordmark, and in came a fresh breath of punchy colors and sans serif typography, set alongside a quarterly, movable pièce de résistance: the cover as a rotating canvas for showcasing bold new European art.
The Fall 1968 cover, featuring an abstract painting by Geneviève Claisse, offered intense geometric shapes in lime, purple, and black. Half a century later, Claisse’s color polyphony continues to reverberate, as it leaps from the cover onto wool cashmere to animate this limited-edition scarf. In 1968, an issue cost a mere $1.25, 6 shillings, or 5 francs—details that run along the edge of this elegant multiseason piece.
Dreyden presents fine knitwear for the study. The collection grew from the black turtleneck—the original writer’s, poet’s, artist’s, and occasional philosopher’s uniform—into a full range of knitwear for everyday reading, armchair traveling, and loafing. Dreyden was founded in the winter of 2018 by Carolyn Yim, whose family has made knitwear for three generations.