The splendid scarves of Begg Scotland
Can a man have too many accessories? I think not. The latest very welcome additions to my scarf collection come from Begg Scotland, expert maker to many of the best-known designer brands of the UK, Europe and beyond.
I first visited the neat factory in Ayr more than a year ago, courtesy of Duchamp, which has its scarves made there. With Gavin Elder as the director, we made a very enjoyable film at the mill.
The exciting news for 2013 is that Begg Scotland is promoting its own label, rather than just doing a splendid job for other brands.
This winter staple and favourite of mine (see my previous blog) is in a blend of 75% lambswool and 25% angora. And. yes, it does feel as good as it sounds.
From the autumn/winter 2013 collection, this is a design by Angela Queen of cashmere knitwear specialist Queene & Belle, who was inspired by the weaving of the Nagas people of north-east India for this reworked plaid design. It is in a stupendous blend of 65% cashmere and 35% silk.
All Begg’s scarves are fantastic examples of the weaver’s art, but this 100% cashmere scarf for a/w 13 is astonishing. Thanks to a precise selection of specially dyed yarns, the 2-metre long scarf (which 320cms wide) displays a range of shades that starts at pale blue at one end and finishes with an olive green at the other. My carefully considered reaction is “WOW!”
With these three scarves in my wardrobe, I am hoping for a long, hard winter.
The Begg Scotland website is being rebuilt, but you can see some of the lovely, talented and passionate people who work at the mill on http://www.beggscotland.com/
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