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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • June 26, 2015

    Pitti Uomo June 2015

    Summer Scarves: How do you wear yours?

    Scarves are too good to be kept just for winter. These stylish visitors to menswear exhibition Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy this June told us why.

    1. Alan Nam
    Fashion consultant and founder of The Alan Company

    Alan Nam, Fashion Consultant and Founder of The Alan Company, wearing Wispy Superfine Cashmere Scarf in Orange. Available now. Alan Nam, Fashion Consultant and Founder of The Alan Company, wearing Wispy Superfine Cashmere Scarf in Orange. Available now.

    Explain why you believe more men should adopt the summer scarf into their wardrobe?
    Less men are wearing ties so there is now a need for an iconic piece of clothing to express a person's character and a scarf is a nice option to replace said tie.

    For you, what are the three main criteria of the perfect scarf in warmer climes?
    -Length should not too long or bulky
    -Soft-but-light cashmere which still provides warmth for early mornings and evenings
    -Must have a summer character in either colour or design

    Do you go big on colour or keep it neutral? And is it all about plain or do you prefer pattern?
    Loud colours and patterns.

    How do you wear yours and what do you wear it with?
    Worn loosely during summer and added to an outfit as a reflection of self to others.

    Is there a style icon from film, music or perhaps the fashion industry around Pitti today that you believe completely nails the summer scarf?
    Franco Minucci (the well-respected owner of the Italian institution Tie Your Tie)

     

    2. Hugo Wiik
    Creative director of Nitty Gritty

    Hugo Wiik Creative Director of Nitty Gritty, wearing Staffa Konyak available in Spring 2016 Hugo Wiik Creative Director of Nitty Gritty, wearing Staffa Konyak available in Spring 2016

    Explain why you believe more men should adopt the summer scarf into their wardrobe?
    More comfortable than wearing a tie - it can be used to add something a little more flamboyant to an outfit. A scarf is an easy way to complete a look.

    For you, what are the three main criteria of the perfect scarf in warmer climes?
    -Light
    -Soft
    -Matches your style

    Do you go big on colour or keep it neutral? And is it all about plain or do you prefer pattern?
    Always neutral but not necessarily plain especially in warmer seasons. 

    How do you wear yours and what do you wear it with?
    Wrapped but with a casual look to avoid looking restricted.

    Is there a style icon from film, music or perhaps the fashion industry around Pitti today that you believe completely nails the summer scarf?
    Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia and Hiroki Nakamura Founder and Designer of Visvim.

     

    3. Leo Fenwick & Adam Kelly
    Brand Communications and Buying & Merchandise Director at Fenwick 

    Leo Fenwick & Adam Kelly of Fenwick, wearing Superfine Wispy Cashmere Brighton Scarf and Fiji Machardy Scarf, Available Spring 2016. Leo Fenwick & Adam Kelly of Fenwick, wearing Superfine Wispy Cashmere Brighton Scarf and Fiji Machardy Scarf, Available Spring 2016.

    Explain why you believe more men should adopt the summer scarf into their wardrobe?
    Adam: It is a really versatile way to dress up a T-shirt with a little jacket  which adds  more expression. A scarf can take you from day to night.

    Do you go big on colour or keep it neutral? And is it all about plain or do you prefer pattern?
    Adam:The scarf allows your mood to show through, some days a neutral vibe is needed other days a real pop of colour.

    How do you wear yours and what do you wear it with?
    Leo: Depends on the weather, mood, event, time of day and the material of the scarf.

    Is there a style icon from film, music or perhaps the fashion industry around Pitti today that you believe completely nails the summer scarf?
    Adam: Paul Newman
    Leo: Steve McQueen

  • June 9, 2015

    Simon Crompton visits Begg & Co HQ

    The Begg & Co team were lucky enough to have the fantastic Simon Crompton, classic men’s style journalist take a look behind the scenes  at our factory. We couldn't resist asking him a few pertinent questions in our exclusive interview.

     

    Simon Crompton Founder of Permanent Style Simon Crompton Founder of Permanent Style

     

    What do you do?

    My official title is ‘Founder’ at Permanent Style founded eight years ago. It is the world’s leading blog on tailoring and sartorial style, informing men about the benefits of dressing simply and well with the best quality items. My background as a professional journalist and editor for several years impacts the way in which I write and investigate topics.

    Where do you do it?
    Based in London but with lots of travelling. I enjoy trips to interesting places like your factory. My next stop is Sweden where I will visit Böle the last standing spruce bark tannery in the world.

    Why do you it?
    Because it’s eight years later and there is still a surprising lack of understanding of menswear and the quality and value of the different processes involved in men’s clothing.

    Which Begg & Co scarf must be yours and how will you wear it?
    Kishorn Washed Flannel Grey with a leather jacket or suede zip up.
    Today’s choice was Wispy Army in a braid knot as this quality works well tucked into tailored/ suit jackets.

    Quickfire Scarves For Him Questions
    Pattern or plain? - Plain
    Lightweight or classic? - Lightweight
    Tucked in or worn over? - Worn over
    To knot or not? - Knot
    Pop of colour or subdued tones? - Subdued tones

     

     

    Behind The Scenes at Begg & Co with Simon Crompton from Begg & Co on Vimeo.

     

    Read more about Simon’s Begg & Co factory tour on his blog.