In the world of vintage silk scarves two names seem to stick out..Tammis Keefe and Vera Neumann. However, I have a silk scarf that I got at a vintage store I think when I was in elementary school. The scarf had a name on it, Chessie and I've always meant to see who Chessie was and if he/she designed other scarves.
After a little research I found out that my cute kitty scarf isn't by a designer at all, but from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. What?? Well, once upon a time the C&O railway needed to promote their new air conditioned rail cars and decided to use the slogan "sleep like a kitten".
They used a sleeping kitty image by Viennese artist Guido Gruenwald and plastered it all over everything, including silk scarves. Can I just say, what happened to the days where companies like the C&O railway would design promotional materials like silk scarves? These days you're lucky if you get a well-designed mug.
Anyway, I found a slew of cute Chessie cat scarves..I may need to add to my collection, as mine is too worn to wear now.