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Texas Monthly introduces us to the only American artist ever to design scarves for the heritage French luxury brand Hermés. His name is Kermit Oliver and he's a US postal worker in his late sixties who lives in Waco, TX. The $410 scarves, some of the company's most popular and cherished, generally show 50+ depictions of Texan flora and fauna in a vintage encyclopedia illustration style. Stranger things have happened, but his story is mighty poignant and also tragic, so don't be surprised if you shed a tear or two. [Texas Monthly]