Begg and Barbour in HTSI

March 17th 2015

For those that follow my column for How to Spend It magazine (part of the Financial Times), there have been two articles in the past month – on Barbour and on Begg. We’ve stuck with this format for almost 18 months now, as resp...

Begg and Barbour in HTSI

  For those that follow my column for How to Spend It magazine (part of the Financial Times), there have been two articles in the past month – on Barbour and on Begg.  We’ve stuck with this format for almos...

Hanks and scarves - Umbrellas and glovesMarch 17th 2015

Two interviews

February 20th 2015

A couple of nice interviews were published with me this week, by scarf-maker Begg and by shoe blog Claymoor’s list. The Begg one in particular is always nice to do at Pitti, with Yasuto Camoshita at United Arrows and Jonathan Kaiser at Be...

Two interviews

  A couple of nice interviews were published with me this week, by scarf-maker Begg and by shoe blog Claymoor’s list. The Begg one in particular is always nice to do at Pitti, with Yasuto Camoshita at United Arrow...

February 20th 2015

Quality, embroidery and mechanisation – at ...

February 13th 2015

The video above shows the key aspect of quality control at most weaving houses. Workers quickly scan the cloth for faults, then either snip off the stray end or – much more laboriously – manually reweave the thread back in. The...

Quality, embroidery and mechanisation – at ...

  The video above shows the key aspect of quality control at most weaving houses. Workers quickly scan the cloth for faults, then either snip off the stray end or – much more laboriously – manually reweave ...

Factory visits - Hanks and scarvesFebruary 13th 2015

Begg & Co: luxury scarves, Ayr

December 24th 2014

Begg & Co is not in the most prepossessing location. Ayr is far from a glamorous location anyway, but the factory itself is down a side street, opposite several blocks of council flats. Still, that’s often the way with British fac...

Begg & Co: luxury scarves, Ayr

  Begg & Co is not in the most prepossessing location. Ayr is far from a glamorous location anyway, but the factory itself is down a side street, opposite several blocks of council flats. Still, that’s often t...

Factory visits - Hanks and scarvesDecember 24th 2014

Begg’s milling machine

December 19th 2014

This is a milling machine. An old one. Part of the finishing process for woven cloth, milling involves pummelling the material in order to break up the fibres and pull them together. The cloth shrinks slightly, becoming denser and acquiring a spon...

Begg’s milling machine

  This is a milling machine. An old one.  Part of the finishing process for woven cloth, milling involves pummelling the material in order to break up the fibres and pull them together. The cloth shrinks slightly, beco...

Hanks and scarvesDecember 19th 2014

My Christmas list

November 28th 2014

At this time of year I normally do a list of Christmas gift suggestions. Apparently last year a reader took the initiative and left a print-out of the list sitting on a coffee table at home. It did the trick – a couple of the items turned...

My Christmas list

  At this time of year I normally do a list of Christmas gift suggestions. Apparently last year a reader took the initiative and left a print-out of the list sitting on a coffee table at home. It did the trick –...

November 28th 2014

Postcard from Begg – teasels and cream cash...

November 4th 2014

One of the interesting tensions in a factory visit is the way machinery is portrayed. Some manufacturers will boast of their old, traditional methods, when in fact the same thing could be done, quicker, by a newer machine – they just can&...

Postcard from Begg – teasels and cream cash...

  One of the interesting tensions in a factory visit is the way machinery is portrayed. Some manufacturers will boast of their old, traditional methods, when in fact the same thing could be done, quicker, by a newer mac...

Hanks and scarvesNovember 4th 2014

Edward Green and Begg pop-up sale

July 23rd 2014

Every year Edward Green does some kind of last-minute sale. In fact, just two weeks ago a reader asked when and where the next one would be. Well, it starts today – at the Old Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane. The sale is in conjunction...

Edward Green and Begg pop-up sale

  Every year Edward Green does some kind of last-minute sale. In fact, just two weeks ago a reader asked when and where the next one would be. Well, it starts today – at the Old Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane...

July 23rd 2014

How Pitti is changing

January 13th 2014

In my report on Pitti Uomo for Essence magazine I examine the manufacturers – such as Begg, Merola and Bresciani – that are becoming brands in their own right. Read it here. Pictured: Pino Luciano of Neapolitan tailors Orazio Luci...

How Pitti is changing

In my report on Pitti Uomo for Essence magazine I examine the manufacturers – such as Begg, Merola and Bresciani – that are becoming brands in their own right. Read it here. Pictured: Pino Luciano of Neapolit...

StyleJanuary 13th 2014

Begg launches first collection at Pitti

January 29th 2013

One person it was nice to catch up with in Florence was Ann Ryley, who used to be sales and marketing director at Drake’s but left last year to help Scottish company Begg launch its first collection. Begg is an old name in Scottish weaving, g...

Begg launches first collection at Pitti

  One person it was nice to catch up with in Florence was Ann Ryley, who used to be sales and marketing director at Drake’s but left last year to help Scottish company Begg launch its first collection. Begg is an old ...

Hanks and scarvesJanuary 29th 2013