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Friends of Begg x Co

A collection of interviews from friends of Begg x Co as they reveal insight into their lives and current working from home habits. Discover what's keeping friends such as author Laura Weir, artist Ted le Swer and fashion blogger Louisa Hatt inspired and creative in 2021.

Founder - Daniel Jenkins

Comfort Dressing with Daniel Jenkins, founder of Daniel Jenkins Ltd & Purposeful Activity. Read Daniel's take on investment knitwear and rewearing treasured items - 'favourites are worn, not hung'.

Paul Thomas-Jeffreys | Begg x Co

Founder and Creative Director - Paul Thomas-Jeffreys

Established in 1989 in Mayfair, London, Paul Thomas has decorated some of the most glittering weddings and events of the last three decades as well as supplying leading London hotels, businesses and private homes with exquisite weekly flowers. 

We have collaborated with Paul Thomas to create a wild meadow installation in our London Pop-Up shop, inspired by our Spring Summer 2021 Collection Metamorphosis. Read our interview with Paul Thomas-Jeffreys, Founder & Creative Director of Paul Thomas.

Stylist, Editor and Author - Bay Garnett

Over 20 years’ experience as a stylist, editor, author and creative director of some of fashion’s most enduring images.

As the pioneer of "thrifting", Bay was the first to include vintage pieces in luxury shoots, bringing thrifting into the mainstream. Today, her second-hand credentials are more relevant than ever to the future of fashion, as a cornerstone of sustainability.

Friends of Begg x Co - Louisa Hatt

Fashion Blogger & Content Creator - Louisa Hatt

"I’m a former model turned accountant from Glasgow. I’m based in Edinburgh and started my fashion blog in August 2019 focusing primarily on corporate/office wear. I’ve always believed that you don’t need to lose your sense of style when you work in an office. In the past six months my blog has evolved to focus more on independent and Black-owned brands. The aim of my blog is to highlight many of the brilliant brands that deserve to be supported and successful. I’ve worked with some amazing smaller brands, I guess I'm a content creator and accidental influencer."

Friends of Begg x Co - Laura Weir

Author - Laura Weir

Read our interview with Friend of Begg x Co and author of 'Cosy: The British Art of Comfort', Laura Weir, as we discuss her book and podcast recommendations, her WFH 'Zoomiform' and staying positive this festive season.

Friends of Begg x Co - Tom Joyes The Barrowland Ballroom

SAGE Flowers - Iona and Romy

Leaving restaurants and biology behind, SAGE was born to bring unique floral design south of the river to Peckham, London SE15. Bored by the local offering, SAGE is inspired by more unusual flowers, foliage and form, moving away from traditional arrangements and the rules of classic floristry. Not only do Iona and Romy lead floral workshops, but they also frequently speak on radio, television and brand events, discussing floristry, young female entrepreneurship, sustainability, brand building and design.

Friends of Begg x Co - Tom Joyes The Barrowland Ballroom

Stylist, Yoga Teacher and Sobriety Advocate - Mel Hamilton

Mel, aka Rebel Sobriety, is a Glaswegian menswear stylist, yoga teacher and sobriety advocate whose mission is to rebel against society's preconceived notion of what it means to be sober. Read our interview with Mel as we discuss positive living and meditation, staying focussed whilst WFH and more.

Friends of Begg x Co - Tom Joyes The Barrowland Ballroom

Barrowlands Manager - Tom Joyes

Read our interview with the legendary manager of The Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, Tom Joyes, as we discuss iconic performances, Scotlands impact on the music industry, and how the Barrowlands is adapting to the "new normal".

Friends of Begg and Co - Andrew O'Hagan

Author - Andrew O'Hagan

Read our interview with Ayrshire-born author Andrew O'Hagan, as we discuss his new book 'Mayflies', how Ayrshire inspires his writing and his memories of the post-punk era in Scotland.

Friends of Begg and Co - Flora Collingwood-Norris

Swiss Darning Expert - Flora Collingwood-Norris

"Swiss Darning has become a passion of mine over the last few years. It's such a creative way of giving clothes a new lease of life and making them completely personal and unique."

Friends of Begg and Co - Ted Le Swer

Artist - Ted Le Swer

Read our interview with artist and Friend of Begg x Co Ted Le Swer as we discuss what inspires his art, exciting upcoming projects and his book recommendations.

Friends of Begg and Co - The Happy Pear

Friends of Begg and Co - The Happy Pear

"We started the happy pear as a veg shop in 2004 age 24 to try to create a happier, healthier world and build community. We have over 1 million followers across all our social channels including nearly 30 million views on our youtube channel. We have a farm, coffee roastery, studio for filming and love what we do!" 

Health and Beauty Writer - Camilla Hewitt

Health & Beauty Writer - Camilla Hewitt

Read our interview with Health & Beauty Writer Camilla Hewitt. She shares some amazing images caught whilst being an incredible open water swimmer. Discover how Camilla is coping with lockdown on the Isle of Wight.

Hair and Makeup Artist

Hair and Makeup Artist - Teddy Mitchell

Our HMU Teddy Mitchell talks Zoom beauty wins with us and how he coped in lockdown. 

Lena Studio Small Designer

Designer, Studio Small - Lena Winkler

Read our interview with Friend of Begg and Co Lena from Studio Small as we discuss how she is coping in London with all that is going on, her positive living tips and book recommendations.

Sophia Aerts Fashion Photographer

Photographer - Sophia Aerts

Originally from the Netherlands, Sophia is a fashion and portrait photographer working between London and New York. Her intimate aesthetic is defined by her use of film and natural light. She works on editorial and commercial projects with brands and creatives. 

Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus Fashion Director

Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman - Bruce Pask

Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman and Friend of Begg & Co, Bruce Pask. Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury department store based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Read our Q&A with Bruce Pask and learn more about his working from home routine and fashion tips.