What first appealed to you about working with Begg & Co?
I loved the craftsmanship and quality of their product, and I also admired the fact that they produce ultra lightweight luxury scarves using traditional techniques, it was a lovely mix of heritage and modernity. It's very much what I do with Queene and Belle but completely different to my own collection with Begg coming from weave and my collection being predominately knit.
What was the original Begg & Co brief?
I worked with the team to create a brand concept which comes from a traditional/classic base but modernising it by giving the scarves a contemporary twist. Everything we do comes from this point and is the underlying theme to every Begg & Co collection.
What was the starting point for Spring 15 then?
The starting point for Spring was taking traditional tartans, ginghams and madras checks and reinterpreting them into our ultra lightweight Spring qualities, this forms the basis of the collection.
The Cottlea Broncho and Burma (coming soon) are fresh and cool coming from their madras and gingham inspiration, they work perfectly with casual summer khaki's and denim. I always think of how each and every scarf is going to be worn, how I would wear it myself or see others wearing it.
What are the other key themes for the season?
I am a lover of the Naga tribes (tribal people from North Eastern India and North West Burma) and the textiles they create. I have found them a continual source of inspiration for the Begg & Co collection and for Spring the new Nagas style is the Cottlea Maravar (coming soon) which has been designed in three colour combinations, it's a beautiful check which looks like a stripped down tartan - timeless and cool.
The final inspiration for Spring is the work of artist Ellsworth Kelly, I love his simple blocking of colours, it is like looking at traditional checks in their most basic form and I thought that would be a fresh way to play with colour in the womenswear collection.
And what else has come through?
Well in my own work I love looking at other ways to interpret camouflage, so I brought this to Begg via the Cottlea Berber Camo (coming soon) it combines a traditional Berber stripe with a traditional khaki camouflage and the resulting scarf is a great piece to be worn with denims.
How do you decide what colours will work through the collection?
I always like to think about what is on-trend in fashion but I also think about how people are going to wear things. With those two things in mind a scarf will literally speak to me and I will know what colours will work. Overall though I tend to go with traditional navy's, grey's and beige's because those bases reflect the luxury of the expensive yarns and they take on shots of colour so beautifully. This season I used the gorgeous pale greys and beiges as warps and wefted them with pops of fluo yellow, pink and blue in the Staffa collection, the Venetia, Murano and Mayanmar are great Spring scarves to lighten the mood and set you up for summer.
What are the best bits about working with Begg & Co?
My background is fashion design specialising in cashmere knitwear so working with a luxury weaving based brand is all new to me. It is really magical to see what can emerge from the finest strands of yarn on a warp, how they are crossed with the colours coming through on the weft - such beautiful things can be made. It's really inspirational.