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  • November 2, 2016

    Celebrating 150 Years of Luxury

    Begg & Co says happy anniversary by pushing the boundaries of colour and craft

    How to mark this significant Begg & Co 150-year anniversary? A question that Sales & Marketing Director Ann Ryley, the creatives and production team at Begg & Co had been asking themselves as the brand approached its 150-year landmark. Inspired by the brand’s heritage of creating beautiful colours in the most luxurious cashmere, they firstly came up with the idea of producing a special collection of plain scarves in 150 cashmere colours inspired by Scottish landscapes and seascapes.

    The Colours of Begg & Co

    “We have taken our heritage cashmere shades and put a new spin on them by reweaving the colours into a contemporary and unique palette of heather, moss and sea blues. This palette celebrates Begg’s 150 years in an ever-changing Scottish landscape,” says Ann Ryley of the extensive collection, which includes 34 completely new colours of plain scarves in Begg & Co’s signature weights from the lightweight Wispy to the more traditional Arran.

     

    One Scarf, 150 Colours

     

    With all the hard work needed to create the 150-strong shade palette Begg & Co decided why not further push the production wizardry of the Begg & Co manufacturing team by using these 150 shades in one limited edition bold check scarf. Only 150 of these have been made for sale globally and each one is numbered and labelled with a special anniversary label. The manufacturing process used to create the anniversary 150-coloured check scarf was a complex one. In order to incorporate 150 different cashmere shades within the design, six warp and 25 weft colours were required. In layman terms, this meant that five cones of different coloured yarns needed constant changing – sometimes five times in an hour – throughout the weaving process.

     

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    Global Celebrations

    The hard work has paid off. Now the collection of 150 colours of Begg & Co in 150 scarves is currently on display in a bespoke cabinet stores worldwide.

    It launched in The Conran Store in Paris during Design Week and Paris Fashion Week.

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    It is now also showing in Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Fenwick of Bond Street in London, Lansmere in Seoul and United Arrows in Tokyo.

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    Between now and Christmas this special display will also launch at SKP in Beijing and a number of other Japanese stores.

    The anniversary scarf is also available through global stockists
    and through the Begg & Co online store.

  • October 24, 2016

    Mats Klingberg of Trunk visits Begg & Co HQ

    We were lucky to have a visit in Ayr from the stylish Mats Klingberg. Mats is the owner and founder of London store Trunk Clothiers, which features collections of the best menswear and accessories from Japan, Italy, the US, Sweden, the UK and beyond. We asked him his impressions of his tour around our factory.

     

    Mats, you've had an extensive tour around the factory. What are your first impressions?

    Very impressed! It’s amazing to see all the different things – old and new machines, some 100 years old, and others brand new specially designed collaborations. It is wonderful to see all the love and time that go into making the final offering of a Begg & Co scarf.
    It was difficult to imagine the processes even though I have had this explained to me many times however, after experiencing it I love Begg even more! There really are no corners cut.

     

    Before you stepped inside were you aware how many steps were involved in the process of a Begg & Co scarf?

    No – even when it has been explained but when you get to see it with your own eyes it’s much easier to take in and simply amazing to see.

     

    And so now you know, there is a lot of old-meets-new technology within the production process, which of the steps within the journey of one scarf really impressed you and sets a Begg & Co scarf apart from its competitors?

    Where to start?!  In particular the milling machine which has stocks that almost punch the fabric (Mats gave us a wonderful demonstration of this), the old Paper Press, how you wash your cashmere for longer than others in the industry, the investment in new machinery to specially wash newly introduced fabrics and finally I was amazed by how quiet the factory was. It wasn’t like the industrial environment I imagined.

    Mats visit to Begg and Company

     

    How do you work a scarf into your everyday look?

    Primarily when cold but often with London’s weather there is no need to wear a coat – wrapping up in a big Begg & Co scarf is ideal for the temperatures.

     

    Do you have different ways to tie a scarf for different occasions?

    I tend to have a standard wrap around look when it’s cold but to create a more elegant look I just wear it open and have it hanging neatly down the sides of my jacket.

     

    If you could tell the world about what makes a Begg & Co scarf stand out when you pick one up for the first time - what three words would you use?

    -Luxurious
    -Light
    -Soft

  • July 29, 2016

    Airport Chic

    HOW TO TRAVEL VIP STYLE

    Actresses, models, singers - celebrities are forever jet-setting across the globe so it makes sense to look to their well-seasoned airport dressing codes to inspire our own. The scarf seems to top their list for must-have accessory on a flight. Indeed the scarf is a multi-tasker while travelling. It not only completes your look on departure and arrival but can be wrapped around you en-route to combat the cool in-flight air-con. Travel perfection.

    Here are our favourite five VIP scarf-wearing travellers and how you can get the look:

    Sienna Miller

    Style icon and actress Sienna Miller jets back from Cannes in a lightweight pale blue wraparound.

    Get the look: Choose the Wispy Superfine Lightweight Cashmere Scarf in Ciel to imitate her jetset style.

     

     

    Kate Beckinsale

    LA-based British actress Kate Beckinsale saunters through London Heathrow in monochromes and graphic print. She softens the overall effect with a scarf in a light stone.

    Get the look: Try similar with the Begg & Co Fiji Lightweight Scarf in Grey Stone.

     

    Bar Refaeli

    Model Bar Refaeli hits stores in Milan airport wearing classic shadesof grey topped by a luxuriously soft silver grey scarf.

    Get the look: Replicate her style with a Washed Kishorn Cashmere Scarf in a similar Flannel Grey.

     

     

    Jennifer Aniston

    Jennifer Aniston touches down in London with her perfect white summer scarf effortlessly draped on. The dark border gives it a ‘designed with a twist’ edge.

    Get the look: The dark selvedge stripe on this Fiji Lightweight Cashmere Cotton Mix Scarf ticks the same boxes as Jennifer’s summer scarf.

     

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow flies from London to New York with a failsafe oversized, soft grey scarf adding the perfect finish to her all black look.

    Get the look: The Oversized Cashmere Mid-grey Superfine Wispy Scarf will create the same effect.

     

     

    Image Credit:
    Sienna Miller - Xposurephotos.com, Kate Beckinsale - Glam Radar, Bar Refaeli - Mailonline, Jennifer Aniston - Instyle, Gwyneth Paltrow - StyleBistro

  • June 21, 2016

    Pitti Uomo June 2016

    June's Pitt Uomo marked the launch of our 150th anniversary celebrations.
    We have taken the Begg & Co heritage cashmere shades and put a new spin on them by re-weaving the colours into a new contemporary Scottish palette ... a palette which celebrates Begg’s 150 years and sense of place within an ever changing Scottish landscape. We will release a special collection of 150 new cashmere colours in  a variety of signature weights from our Arran oyster ripple finish to our super lightweight Wispy.

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    To kick things off we asked some friends of Begg & Co to select their favourite scarf from the 150 collection and tell us why they love it.

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    UK
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    Mats Klingberg
    Owner of Trunk Clothiers

    "The scarf is nice and light. I like the colour because it’s a good alternative to navy…I always wear navy!"

     

    Tim Yates
    Trunk Clothiers

    "I like the lightness of the scarf. As for the colour, grey goes with everything and this is an especially happy grey which I love."

     

    Keita Hiraoka
    Trunk Clothiers

    "Both the colour and texture of the scarf is good; the melange effect is beautiful."

     

     

    Eisuke Yamashita
    Fashion Director Men’s Precious Magazine
    Japan
    http://mensprecious.jp/top/index.html

    "My favourite colour is beige so the melange orange matches perfectly. The softness of the orange is very nice as orange can be quiet strong. The richness of the weight and touch is amazing."

     

     

    Marcus Söderlind
    Nitty Gritty
    Sweden
    https://www.nittygrittystore.com/

    "I usually wear black so I always like to choose something that goes well with black and grey is perfect. This scarf is not too thick so could be worn indoors as well as outdoors."

     

     

    Mr Hiroyasu Ohta
    Brand Director
    United Arrows – The Sovereign House
    Japan
    http://www.united-arrows.jp/en/shop/svh.html

    "I have played Japanese Kendo since I was a child, the colour of the uniform is always indigo -  I really like the familiarity of the colour of this scarf. The quality is fabulous as well as the colour, especially for a cool spring evening."

     

    We also commemorate our anniversary with an elegant special edition Arran scarf in a bold check that incorporates all of the 150 colours.
    This is a limited edition of just 150 scarves, each clearly numbered and labeled.

    Launches end August 2016.

  • January 21, 2016

    Pitti Uomo January 2016

     

    How To Wear It

    We challenged five stylish men attending the January 2016 edition of the ultimate menswear show, Pitti Uomo in Florence, to reveal how they will be wearing their favourite Begg & Co scarf

     

    1. Massimo Alba
    Founder of Massimo Alba

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    What accessory transforms your look from mundane to miraculous?
    Handkerchief in trouser pocket.

    Describe your general style?
    Easy formal as always, I never like to be overdressed.

    Which item never gets left out of your suitcase for business or pleasure?
    A blue blazer.

    Which collection here at Pitti has your attention?
    Begüm Khan.

    Your timeless style icon?
    Muhammad Ali.

    How have you tied your Begg & Co scarf today?
    In a effortless and easy knot.

     

    2. Bruce Pask
    Men's Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman

    Bruce Pask, Men's Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman wearing new Cashmere Harding Silver Denim. Available AW 2016. Bruce Pask, Men's Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman wearing new Cashmere Harding Silver Denim.  Available AW 2016.

    What accessory transforms your look from mundane to miraculous?
    I do love a scarf and how wearing one in any of the number of ways one can knot one can really personalize a look. It adds just that extra little bit of personal style.

    Describe your general style?
    I have a pretty standard uniform made up of tailored pieces, whether sportcoats or suits, worn with a mixture of casual and more formal pieces:a denim shirt with a knit tie, or a suit with sneakers. I like to balance the dressy with the more relaxed.

    Which item never gets left out of your suitcase for business or pleasure?
    I never travel without my vintage Helmut Lang denim jacket. And I always travel with a swimsuit...stays packed in my carryon. You never know where you're going to be, whatever the season.

    Which collection here at Pitti has your attention?
    I always look forward the incredible variety of craftsmen and vendors here at Pitti. Sweater designers, shoemakers, well established luxury brands and new, small designer lines. You never know what you are going to find here or what is going to catch your eye, but I always leave Florence inspired and energized to start the new season.

    Your timeless style icon?
    Hmm. That's a hard one. 1960's era George Peppard (Breakfast at Tiffany's) was pretty great.

    How have you tied your Begg & Co scarf today and what would be the ideal outfit to wear it with?
    I do a pretty standard wraparound and knot. it's quite practical as it really keeps the heat in. I love how this plaid plays off of the colors of my tweed sportjacket. I think it's pretty neutral and will go well with quite a lot of looks, but I do think it would look great with a denim jacket as well.

     

    3. SHUHEI YOSHIDA, TATSUYA NAKAMURA & SHUHEI NISHIGUCHI
    Director, Senior Operating Officer/Creative Director & Director/Buyer at BEAMS

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    What accessory transforms your look from mundane to miraculous?
    Pocket square- it's good to wear with a suit jacket which I have many of - TATSUYA NAKAMURA

    Describe your look today?
    Relaxed, more weekend casual. Easy and comfortabl for walking around the exhibition and working. Blackwatch tartan is a classic but I love to make it look modern and different - TATSUYA NAKAMURA

    Which item never gets left out of your suitcase for business or pleasure?
    A lightweight scarf for when I travel just in case I get cold -TATSUYA NAKAMURA

    Which trend have you noticed coming through this Pitti?
    Vintage look inspired by military coats, it's really interesting -TATSUYA NAKAMURA

    Your timeless style icon?
    Lapo Elkann - SHUHEI YOSHIDA
    Grandfather, he was a wholesale agent for fabrics- TATSUYA NAKAMURA
    Steve McQueen - SHUHEI NISHIGUCHI

    How have you tied your Begg & Co scarf today and what would be the ideal outfit to wear it with?
    Natural tying, to create a laid back look - SHUHEI YOSHIDA
    As it is a lightweight scarf I tied a neat tight knot to keep it looking smart and clean - TATSUYA NAKAMURA
    I wrapped the scarf around me naturally as if I had just thrown it on - SHUHEI NISHIGUCHI

  • December 11, 2015

    Christmas at Begg & Co

    THE GIFT GUIDE

    Searching for the perfect present for that special someone?
    It has never been easier.

     

    FOR THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE

     

    The Sartorialist
    He’s the man who can’t leave the house without checking his reflection because for him that one thread out of place is a bad place to be. He loves the best things in life so give just that with the "Arran Cashmere Scarf" in Slate.

    The Countryphile
    Whether he’s a real deal farmer or just a weekend pretender, when he’s living the rural dream the Countryphile likes to look the part so treat him to the "Kishorn Deakin Tartan Cashmere Scarf" in Blue.

    The City Slicker
    He needs the perfect scarf to team with his bespoke suit and classic wool Crombie-style coat. Give him perfection with the "Nuance Colour Graded Cashmere Scarf" in Oxide.

    The Hipster
    He’s got the beard but the achingly thought-through alternative wardrobe lacks a little something? The "Wispy Superfine Cashmere Avignon Check Scarf" in Navy Denim will fill that sartorial gap just dandy.

     

     

    FOR THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE

    The Fashionista
    Less bang on trend and more ahead of the fashion curve, this is one woman who needs to have the next big thing before it is just that. The "Emu Tutsa Lambswool/Angora Oversize Scarf/Wrap" in Grey Red is the answer to your gift-giving dilemma.

    The Ruralist
    Stylish but practical is her wardrobe motto so give her exactly that and wrap the "Arran Cashmere Tartan Scarf" in Black Watch up and put it under the tree. Just what she needs.

    The High Flyer
    From in-flight cover-up to throw-on finishing touch, the High Flyer in your life needs an accessory that works has hard as she does. The "Wispy Superfine Cashmere Triple Dot Printed Scarf" in Black will take her everywhere she needs to go.

    The Everywoman
    She is the ultimate multi-tasker that cleverly juggles family, work, friendships and everything else in-between. Show her she is worth it with a "Wispy Superfine Cashmere Roving Thistle Print Scarf" in Denim.

    For UK (mainland) deliveries order by 12pm on 23rd December and receive in time for Christmas Day.

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  • November 24, 2015

    Limited Edition Maggie's Scarf Collection Launch Night at Luxury Boutique Jane Davidson, Edinburgh

    On Thursday November 19, 2015, journalist and television presenter Kirsty Wark, hosted a charity evening at Edinburgh boutique Jane Davidson to launch Begg & Co’s limited edition scarves in aid of Maggie’s Centres. The event was the perfect mix – fun and informative with a spade-full of fashion insiders’ tips.

     

    Maggie's Begg & Co Limited Edition Wispy Collection One of the four limited edition scarves

     

    Kirsty Wark’s Story of Maggie’s & Cold-calling Begg & Co
    As patron of Maggie’s, Kirsty Wark introduced the packed store to the Maggie’s story and the Begg & Co collaboration: “Architect Maggie Keswick Jenks was diagnosed with cancer at the Western General in Edinburgh. When she came out of her diagnosis she was completely banjaxed. She just wanted to somewhere to go and sit down and have a cup of tea, to talk to somebody and there was nowhere. She was standing by a derelict stable block outside the Western General and she said to herself I am going to create a centre right here. In fact it wasn’t ready before she died but she had had this idea of creating a centre for holistic health where people could go after treatment for a cup of tea, advice, Tai Chi or anything at all. So the first centre was born. Twenty years ago I got involved when I was asked to open the centre’s extension just when my father had had lung cancer and then died of a heart attack. It really is the most amazing charity and everybody will know somebody who has been involved with Maggie’s. We are now in every NHS hospital space in Scotland but continue to expand in other ways. It costs £600,000 a year to run a centre and fundraising for running costs is always very hard. We are always trying to think of imaginative ways of trying to engage people and then along comes Begg.
    "Begg & Co just happens to be the best cashmere in the world. I am an Ayrshire girl so always knew about Begg & Co. Two years ago I essentially cold-called Ann Ryley, Begg & Co’s sales director, with this idea and she took it forward and embraced it. She has worked her socks off and now we have four Maggie’s scarves, 100 of each. They are numbered one to 100 and there will be no more.”

    Sarah Murry Owner of Jane Davidson Demonstrating Ways To Tie A Scarf

    Sarah Murray’s Fashion Insider Tips & Her Personal Experience of Maggie’s
    Sarah Murray, owner of Jane Davidson, treated the packed store to a demonstration of how to wear the scarves in various ways this autumn/winter - from simple loops to impressively stylish knots. Sarah, who has personal experience of the Western General’s Maggie’s, also spoke passionately of her times there after diagnosis and successful treatment of breast cancer: "Mine is not a sad story. My cancer was very treatable. The NHS sorted me out physically but Maggie’s sorted me out with the rest. First thing everyone should know about Maggie’s is that it is a really cheery place, very bright and light. I attended relaxation classes to help with the shock of diagnosis. The nutrition course I took helped me navigate through my panic about what I should and shouldn’t eat. In addition, during one month long session of my treatment I used the centre as a safe haven. I would read the paper, have a cup of tea, chat to other centre users or borrow a book from the amazingly extensive cancer library. At low points I would have counselling. The staff at Maggie’s understand cancer both emotionally and physically. They understand the shock, disbelief, anger and grief. By working all of that at Maggie’s I was able to get back to life and I will always be hugely grateful to Maggie’s for enabling me to get back on track."

    Outfit Inspo from Jane Davidson

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    Begg & Co’s Ann Ryley On the Maggie’s Collaboration & The Scarves
    Ann Ryley, sales director at Begg & Co explains the beginnings of this unique tie-up: “After the initial conversation with Kirsty I visited the Maggie’s centre at Gartnaval General Hopsital in Glasgow. I saw firsthand that this was a fabulous charity to be associated with. I also feel Begg & Co share similar values with Maggie’s in terms of quality and design. So what started with the idea of one scarf grew to become a limited line of four. These scarves have been designed by the Begg team, in conjunction with Angela Bell of Queene & Belle and they are inspired by some of the gardens and architecture of the Maggie’s centres across Scotland.”

     

    THE SCARVES ALSO LAUNCH AT FENWICK, BOND ST LONDON, THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2015

  • November 16, 2015

    Herald Fashion Awards

    We are so happy to have won The Herald's 'Luxury Online Retailer of the Year' award!!!

  • September 15, 2015

    Art Meets Fashion in NYC

    This autumn, artist José Parlá celebrates his new installation in New York with a unique collaboration with Begg & Co

    Begg & Co's collaboration with artist José Parlá

    The Brooklyn-based artist’s new work ‘Segmented Realities’, which is on view to the public at the Standard Hotel on The High Line, is his first external installation.

    “The title just comes from the idea of this kind of segmented fragment that you experience and you move on, but it lives in your memory. I thought about ephemeral that is, not only the moment, but also the surfaces, but how can you retain that outside of just a photographer, picture or photograph?” says Parlá of the work.

    To mark the occasion he has teamed up with Begg & Co to create an exclusive cashmere scarf that is essentially a wearable piece of art.

    Artist José Parlá's collaboration with Begg & Co

    Images of Parlá’s ‘Habana y Cuarteles, 2015’, which is a brightly coloured work created using a collage of materials, have been transported onto a beautifully soft cashmere scarf by the Begg & Co team. Only 250 ‘Habana y Cuarteles, 2015’ scarves have been made and are available through The Standard Shops.

    The ‘Segmented Realities’ launch in New York saw guests including actor Jason Biggs, model Tali Lennox and André Balazs, CEO of Balazs Properties.

    Ann Ryley, Marketing & Sales Director of Begg & Co, says of the collaboration: “At Begg & Co we are ecstatic to work with José on his project and interpret his work into our finest cashmere scarves.”

    Artist José Parlá's collaboration with Begg & Co

  • August 7, 2015

    My Edinburgh: Uli and Andrew Dick, owners of Dick’s, Edinburgh

    The owners of the beautifully edited lifestyle concept store disclose their insider knowledge of the international festival city they now call home.

    What is Dick’s all about?
    Uli: We both share a passion for well-made and well-designed objects and clothing and we very much believe in the ethics behind things. We work with companies we admire. Ones that have been manufacturing for years and have a huge heritage in what they are doing and don’t try to be anything else - items that stand the test of time. The store isn't about fashion but longevity. Everything in the store is really well considered. We edit it right down so people don’t have to. They simply know that that every product in here is made by the best manufacturer in their field.

    So Begg & Co made your scrupulous edit for the store. Why?

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    Andrew: Well the scarves are just beautiful. I knew the name. It was on our list of things to go and see at Pitti Uomo, which is ironic that you go all the way to Florence to discover something from Scotland when you've just come from Scotland.
    Uli: I am very tactile. I love to touch things. And they feel lovely and wonderful and then you wear it you feel elated. The colours are so vivid and beautiful.

    You lived and worked in London so why did you choose Edinburgh for the location of the store?
    Andrew:Well a major reason is I’m from Edinburgh - from more or less around here. My mum was born in St Stephens Street. Apparently my great grandfather had a tailors shop near here.
    Uli: We also felt there was a bit of a lack of good menswear shops in the city.
    Andrew: And a lack for womenswear too as it turns out because we have started doing that with a proper collection coming in for autumn. We had so many women ask for it as they said there was no store doing real classics. There are as many women buying things for men as men buying for men so we had a lot of women coming in the store.

    What do you love about Edinburgh?
    Uli: I do love living here. The city is just beautiful. But for me one of the best things about this city is really the countryside around it, which I find absolutely wonderful. You can make time stand still by just going out to the beach and the wind blows through you. I love the fresh air. That was my initial love. And Andrew’s family also.
    Andrew: It is amazing how beautiful Edinburgh is that after 47 years I still walk around saying to myself ‘wow this is beautiful’. It’s a stunning place. I cycle and in London it would take an hour to get somewhere yet in Edinburgh in 10 minutes I am out of the city and I'm cycling in the countryside.

    If you were visiting Edinburgh which hotel would you stay in and why?
    Andrew: We tell a lot of our friends to use Air bnb because it’s the best way to know people who know the city. But if someone was looking for something special then it would have to be the Nira Caledonia.

    Off-the-beaten track…where is your secret place in the city that you go to when you want to get away from it all?
    Uli: Drumsheugh Baths Club is my absolute oasis. It’s a wonderful place especially when you are just on your own and just relax. We are so busy here. Sometimes you just need to have some space. I can go there for just half an hour and it resets me.
    Andrew: Oh I just like walking around the streets. Going for an errand I call it. I used to smoke you see but I no longer need to go out for a cigarette. So it’s just wandering. It can be quite a quiet city in parts so it can be quite meditative. The views are always impressive.
    Uli: That’s the thing if you go up to busy George Street you just turn around and you get a view and can just stand there and just breath and it’s just wonderful. You get the beauty of the city.

    Where do you go to kick off your heels and enjoy yourself with friends?
    Andrew: For drinks with friends we always head to The Last Word Saloon on St Stephen’s Street. It’s as good a bar as you would get anywhere in the world. When I was in London recently I was thinking it would be nice to just go somewhere for a quiet drink and in my head I was really thinking of The Last Word. There was just nothing like it in London and it was quite nice to realize that actually my favourite place was right back at home.

    Any writers that you feel have captured the soul of Edinburgh in a novel?
    Andrew: It would have to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde because that is exactly what Edinburgh is in so many ways. Perhaps another one would be Muriel Spark’s Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

    What are your hot tickets for the festival this year…
    Andrew: Neither of us are big fans of drama and stuff but we love going to the Usher Hall so we trust that whatever is on there during the festival will be something that we’d like to see.
    Uli: But then last year we saw an amazing performance by the Polish national radio choir at Greyfriars Kirk. It was one of the most amazing performance’s I have seen in a longtime. We are currently trying to get tickets for The Magic Flute.

    What's your favourite part of town for walking, meandering and soaking up the atmosphere of the city…in festival time and out of it too?
    Uli: In London I walked as much as I could but there was always times I had to take the bus and the tube with lots of people. Here you can just walk and it’s beautiful. So our walk to work in the morning is one of my favourites.
    Andrew: Yes we live down at Inverleith so there’s a lovely path that takes us to Stockbridge. The new town in general is a lovely place to walk. Oh and we also love walking up Corstorphine Hill It’s Proustian for me. I get these flashbacks to my childhood when I am up there. We take my sister’s dog up there and he loves it. It’s in Scotland the Best the guide book by Peter Irvine. In it he says that all Corstorphine Hill needs is a pavilion with cups of tea. Such a good idea.

    What's your must-see tip for a tourist visiting the city whether it’s festival time or not?
    Andrew: I am trying not to say the Botanics as probably everyone says that. Little Sparta when it’s open and Roslyn Chapelis still special despite the Da Vinci Code hype.

    If you could advise a first-time visitor on how to survive the festival what would that advice be?
    Uli: Look at the festival programme and not just the Fringe. It’s also good to look at the newspapers and see their sections on the Best of. Also Hendrick’s Gin do an amazing event on Royal Circus where they have interesting and unusual lectures or events on different books. What they do is always a bit different. Oh also if in Edinburgh when the festival is on my biggest tip would be to book well in advance for dinner and take packed lunches.
    Andrew: Also have a look at what’s on at the Traverse because even though I am not a massive fan of drama I have seen plays in the Traverse that impressed me. Also the Traverse do a great edit of the selection available to save you from going through that big bloody book of everything that’s on.

    When in Edinburgh what’s the best restaurant for…
    …celebrations

    Galvin Brasserie. Classic French cooking using the best Scottish ingredients; a perfect combination.

    …impressing clients
    Timberyard. Great looking room. Inventive modern cooking with the best ingredients. Great cocktails.

    …romantic nights out
    Blackfriars. Uncomplicated, great cooking in a nice modern setting. Pretty perfect.

    …family gatherings
    Bell’s Diner. Been going since the 1970’s, and nothing has changed since the except the shade of red on the wall. The burgers are still the best in town. But don’t tell anyone as it’s already too busy.

    In your opinion what makes Edinburgh such a special city?
    Uli: There is so much just happening or just on the verge of happening. It’s an exciting time.
    Andrew: It is the perfect size for a city. It’s easy to get around and walk from one side of the city to the other. In fact I wish more did. Also, since we bought our south-facing flat I have noticed it’s also sunnier than many people would think.

    Are your customers loving Begg & Co?
    Uli: I had this lovely group of Italian ladies in over the weekend when Scotland was playing Italy at the rugby. I showed them our Begg & Co scarves and their response was wonderful. You could see the amazement in their faces. The thing with Begg & Co scarves is you look at them and they are amazing. But then once you touch them, well, that’s the danger. You feel drawn into them. I love my Begg & Co scarf. It hasn’t been off me since I got it. Those scarves are such wonderful accessories and they make you feel like a million dollars.