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Spot On – Our Everlasting Love for the Polka Dot

Spot On – Our Everlasting Love for the Polka Dot

The fashion industry is notorious for valuing change, but polka dots are an exception to the rule. An enduring favourite, their playfulness seems to suit all ages, and their popularity shows no signs of abating, regardless of any passing fads or trends. The term ‘polka dot’ was first mentioned as long ago as 1857, in a copy of Godey’s Lady’s Book – a women’s lifestyle magazine. The phrase was used to describe a muslin scarf “for light summer wear, surrounded by a scalloped edge and embroidered in rows of round polka dots.”. The precise origins of ‘polka’ are unknown, but it’s thought to be derived from the Polish wording for ‘Polish woman or girl’, or a variant of ‘pulka’, which was a Czech half-step dance routine.

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The Big Bold Colour Theory – Artist John Booth creates a Limited Edition Collection of Wispy scarves for Begg & Co

The Big Bold Colour Theory – Artist John Booth creates a Limited Edition Collection of Wispy scarves for Begg & Co

In recent years, the colour grey has become a widely recognised symbol of contemporary ‘good taste’. It’s a phenomenon that baffles Scottish-born artist John Booth, whose fearless use of vibrant, bold shades is central to his working practice and stems in part, from a childhood obsession with felt-tip pens and colouring-in books. We spoke to John about his collaboration with Begg & Co on a capsule collection of Wispy scarves for SS19, which were recently launched at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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Begg & Co X Maggie's Limited Edition Collection

Begg & Co X Maggie's Limited Edition Collection

We have launched three limited edition scarf designs in collaboration with the charity Maggie’s, which provides free practical and emotional support to people with cancer and their family and friends from its network of architecturally unique centres across the UK and abroad. All profits will be donated to Maggie's, enabling the charity to support and grow its network of centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer as well as their loved ones.

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Colour Chemistry – Artist Sophie Smallhorn creates a Begg & Co system of colour for London Craft Week

Colour Chemistry – Artist Sophie Smallhorn creates a Begg & Co system of colour for London Craft Week

Hailing originally from Hertfordshire, British artist Sophie Smallhorn graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 with a BA in Furniture – specialising in wood, metal, plastics and ceramics. Her dynamic approach to the use of colour and raw materials saw her career take off to a flying start, with exhibitions around the world and collaborations with institutions such as Somerset House, the London Underground and the Olympic committee, who commissioned her to create the magnificent fabric colour-wrap for the 2012 Olympic stadium in London. Alongside her private practice, Sophie is no stranger to working closely with luxury fashion brands, which made her the perfect partner to create site-specific installations for Begg & Co.

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The Sugden House – Summer in Suburbia

The Sugden House – Summer in Suburbia

Chosen as the location for our SS18 campaign, The Sugden House sits on the edge of a leafy residential estate in Watford, north-west of central London. Created by architectural duo Alison and Peter Smithson for Derek and Jean Sugden in 1955, it was a rare domestic commission for The Smithsons, whose projects included The Economist HQ in London and Robin Hood Gardens in Tower Hamlets, which was well-known for pioneering the ‘streets in the sky’ model of high-rise living.

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The Ideal Accompaniment - A Focus on Scarf Knots for Men

The Ideal Accompaniment - A Focus on Scarf Knots for Men

Worn well, a scarf doesn’t just provide warmth and protection against the elements, it adds style to any outfit. A mark of masculinity for centuries, they were once a way of determining rank in the military. Archive images of world-class aviators clearly show how working at high altitudes wasn’t going to deter them from donning their trusted neck attire! The way you tie it says a lot about you, and acts as a symbol of self-expression. Whether worn in subtle hues or bolder, primary colours, there’s a perfect scarf and style for every man. Choosing your signature knot couldn’t be easier – here are our favourites at Begg & Co.

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BEGG & CO ARTIST EDITION - MICHAEL WALL

Begg & Co Artist Edition - Michael Wall

The Begg & Co Artist Edition was launched with British painter Michael Wall. Best known for his abstract large-scale panels, the London-based painter translated his signature aesthetic onto Begg & Co woven blankets. Produced as a special limited edition collection, with only 10 pieces made for each of Wall’s 4 designs, the colourways mirror his practice of combining characteristically bold primary tones with softer hues and nearly-nude pinks. The collaboration was featured in exclusive window displays at Fenwicks of Bond Street, London and Lodenfrey, Munich.

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A Step Above the Rest - Begg & Co continue to inspire with collaborations across the world

A Step Above the Rest - Begg & Co continue to inspire with collaborations across the world

Since the launch of our brand-new website, we’ve been busy collaborating with our partners in the United Kingdom and much further afield. Internationally, our collection of coloured Arran scarves have been showcased using boldly coloured ladders in a number of pop-up collaborative spaces within iconic, well-known department stores.

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Detail Driven - Photographer Josh Hight speaks to Begg & Co about shooting the brand new campaign

Detail Driven - Photographer Josh Hight speaks to Begg & Co about shooting the brand new campaign

Born and raised in Detroit, the American fashion photographer Josh Hight was tasked with capturing the spirit of Begg & Co for our new look website. His images offer a fresh and thoroughly modern perspective on the inner culture of a brand that has been in continuous operation since its inception/establishment in 1866. Josh has managed to express so beautifully, the everyday details of life here on Scotland’s west coast, as well as developing a brand new vision for our collection with absolute sincerity and style. We met up with Josh after shooting the campaign, to find out about his newfound fondness for Ayrshire and the notorious Scottish climate.

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'Troupe' by Susan Stockwell

'Troupe' by Susan Stockwell

We recently collaborated with British artist Susan Stockwell to create a sculpture for the 2017 London Craft Week. After training as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, her works are now exhibited as part of the public collections of galleries and museums all over the world. Stockwell’s work takes on many forms, and makes use of discarded everyday domestic objects, which are then transformed into sculptures or installations that vary in scale and proportion..

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