First Folio 1623

Taking centre-stage in Rory’s extensive collection of signature silk scarves - and featuring bold colours and dramatic designs - are two long scarves, two square scarves, a pocket square, and a hand fan to celebrate the 400th anniversary next year of the publication of the 1623 First Folio.

Resplendent in black, red, and grey, the new pieces feature the titles of Shakespeare’s plays, references to the First Folio’s publication date, Shakespeare’s birth and death years, and his portrait, as well as figures dressed in Elizabethan costume, and recurring motifs in the plays, including a rose, crown, dagger, skull, and quill pen.

Published seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio includes 36 of his plays, thanks to the hard work and dedication of two of his friends and fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, who gathered the plays together. If they had not committed to collecting the work for the book, modern day experts on Shakespeare’s life and work have stated that half of all of his plays (including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Tempest, and Antony and Cleopatra) would have been lost forever.

Read more about the inspiration behind this collection here.