The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 31 August 2007

Ayrshire company Begg Scotland nominated
for Scottish cashmere fashion award

A leading Ayrshire textile company has been shortlisted for one of
Scotland's most prestigious fashion awards for its innovative and
contemporary designs.

Begg Scotland has been nominated in the Cashmere / Textile Designer of
the Year at this year’s Scottish Fashion Awards, sponsored by Scottish
Enterprise’s Scottish Textiles team.

[Picture shows: Miss Scotland, Lois Weatherup, modelling a coat which was made by Scottish designer Sandra Murray. Sandra Murray was commissioned by Begg to create some catwalk garments suitable for the Dressed To Kilt Event which took place in New York in April this year. The exclusive coat was made from a Begg Scotland printed cashmere throw. Photograph by Lloyd Bishop.]

The company will battle it out with other leading textile companies
including Pringle of Scotland, Johnstons Cashmere, Queen & Belle and
Todd & Duncan for the accolade at a glittering VIP Gala dinner at
Stirling Castle on 9 September.

The shortlisted companies were selected by a judging panel consisting of
some of the leading names in the UK and international fashion scene
including Kate Phelen, fashion director of British Vogue; Brigitte
Stepputtis, head of couture at Vivienne Westwood; and Garry Van Dis, vice-president of Conde Nast publications.

Begg Scotland was recognised following the launch of its new print
design ‘Balmoral‘, launched in February 2007, which emphasises its
unique Scottish heritage while incorporating a vivid colour palette.
The company commissioned Scottish designer Sandra Murray to create a
bespoke garment using the fabric and the result was the ‘Balmoral Fire’
coat-dress, which was one of the showcase designs at this year’s Dressed
to Kilt event in New York.

Kirsty Scott, head of Scottish Textiles team at Scottish Enterprise,
says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Scottish Fashion Awards
again this year. The nominees for this year’s Textile/Cashmere designer
of the year are all leading the way in design and innovation. It is
vitally important that we help support Scottish textiles companies to
invest more in design to ensure that Scotland remains famous around the
world for producing high quality, innovative fabrics and Scottish
fashion remains on the international catwalk.

“The Scottish Fashion Awards help to showcase the wonderful talent in
Scotland’s fashion and design sector and celebrate young designers in
Scotland who have huge potential to promote Scotland’s reputation for
producing high quality innovative textiles to audiences both at home and

The winner of the Textile / Cashmere Designer of the Year award will be
announced alongside the other nine categories, which will include
designers, retailers, models, fashion communicators, fashion icons and
accessory designers. Each winner will receive a handcrafted art piece
specially designed by internationally renowned Scottish sculptor Andy
Scott, whose work has been exhibited in cities around the world.

The event will also honour an individual whose outstanding career in
fashion will be celebrated by an induction into the Scottish Fashion
Awards Hall of Fame, sponsored by Bentley Motors Limited.

Jamie Fraser, managing director of Hamilton & Inches and chairman of the judging panel said: “In only its second year, the Scottish Fashion
Awards are already proving their worth and importance to Scotland. We
have had a record number of entries and nominations and the standard is
extremely high. The judges have been set an exciting challenge to select
the winner for each category. Hamilton & Inches are delighted to be the
headline sponsor of the Scottish Fashion Awards for the second year. The
success of Scots in the fashion industry, both in the UK and
internationally, is something to be highlighted and celebrated.”

Event founder/producer Tessa Hartmann added: “The Scottish Fashion
Awards represent an incredible opportunity for Scottish fashion talent
to be seen by respected fashion authorities from around the world. The
cashmere / textile industry in Scotland alone employs around 19,000
people and fashion itself is the fourth largest employer in the UK. With
so many Scots doing wonderful things on the international catwalks for
their own labels and global brands, it was without time to celebrate and
acknowledge that fact. As an event, we are delighted that we have
brought so much awareness to so many different types of fashion creators
and innovators from Scotland - that’s what this is all about!”

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