Originally established in the Scottish town of Paisley, Begg & Co have been at the forefront of weaving technology since 1866, when founder Alex Begg started producing woolen shawls with a small team of trusted local weavers. Paisley had become a focal point for the progressive weaving community during Victorian times, and was synonymous with the iconic teardrop pattern used by Begg & Co to create some of the earliest surviving paisley shawls. Only two examples remain – one has been carefully preserved by the Begg family, the other is on display in the Paisley Museum.
In 1902 the company relocated to Ayr on Scotland’s south-west coast, a move that allowed Begg the space to invest in new machinery, and begin to develop a range of cutting-edge, exploratory weaving techniques. 150 years later, this commitment to innovation still stands, with Begg & Co renowned as a brand who are astute enough to use their experience as the firm foundation from which they can continuously pioneer new, and highly sophisticated methods of production.
Cashmere is one of the most expensive, exclusive and desirable fibres in the world. It has the capability to absorb dye like no other yarn, absorbing muted pastels and vibrant shades equally well, offering a depth and complexity of colour that is rarely seen with natural fibres. The kudos attached to wearing garments made using this yarn is unwavering, regardless of the changes in fashion. Hailing from goats farmed in Mongolia and its outer regions, micron length of the finest categories varies from 15 – 16.5. Armed with over 150 years of experience, Begg & Co combine yarn types from different regions to create durable cashmere products that are extremely soft, remarkably lightweight and impressively warm.