The workforce at Begg & Co’s Ayrshire factory is passionate about the importance of quality. A team of highly skilled technicians strive to maintain exceptional standards, and are trained in-house to perform every procedure with fervour and pride. With industry experience dating back to the 1860s, the modern-day craftspeople at Begg & Co use a wide variety of weaving and finishing apparatus to create the brand’s inimitable collections. This unique approach champions the use of cutting-edge computerised equipment alongside traditional mill machinery. Cloth is still pummelled for a softer handfeel using the same wooden device created by Begg employees around 70 years ago, and the characteristic ripple effect seen on some items occurs after gentle brushing with specially cultivated Italian teasel plant heads, which are dampened with mineral-rich Scottish water. Finished products are pressed using the age-old method of brown paper infused with strands of copper, which gives scarves and stoles that signature glossy sheen.
The design philosophy follows the same principles, drawing inspiration from Scotland’s magnificent natural landscapes, in addition to the country’s diverse architectural styles. With cinematic skies, and an abundance of local lochs, mountains and beaches, the mill’s immediate environment has been fuelling the imagination of Begg & Co’s designers for over a century and a half.