Daniel Jenkins, founder of Daniel Jenkins LTD & Purposeful Activity shares his thoughts on the Begg x Co Yacht Cardigan, a timeless chunky knit cashmere shawl collar cardigan, designed and handmade in Scotland.
"Of course it’s soft. But this isn’t the faux sugar high softness of others. It feels different, otherworldly, fat and unctuous, furrowed fields of thick cashmere.Slipping an arm inside is lunch à deux at The River Cafe & Guinness outside the Guinea, timeless, restrained and elegant. The very best ingredients. Perfectly prepared. Texture and colours left to speak for themselves.Further wear makes neurons fizz and eyes dance."
"I see the Auerbach & Hodgkin, thickly applied, earthy funk, and sunshine filled colour. Light playing across the ribs, it almost breathes as I move. But it’s that other British textur-alist that I think of when wearing because Begg’s stuff has that give a proverbial, just being me, louche and quietly luxe Britishness of Freud’s best work.
When I think about the brands and people whose work I love, there is an obsession there in everything they do. Knowledge, technique and expertise running through every element. They are those who could wow us, throw their entire box of tricks, and dazzle. But that’s why they are they and I am not, because the true skill is not to hold something back, nor little flourishes, just the right amount."
"My Yacht Cardi is like sculpture and I wear it so. Open & stood proud with shoulders back running errands. Or rolled shoulders, collar buttoned and up, hunkered in at home, pulling the face the dog gives when tickled just at that spot behind the ears, thinking, plotting and dreaming.
It lives to suit my moods."
"First thing in morning with coffee in garden watching things change, orecchiette leaves unfurl on roses and their buds as of today appearing: tulips sipping on raindrops & paint-bombing borders; daffodil’s smiling, holding on.
Then wind in my face, hat on, out there, amongst the ancients, watching wind slowly draw clouds of rain towards me.
& the week before last: stood, distanced, but close enough, glass in hand, twinkle of eye, with some I love, cashmere clad, dreaming."
For our SS21 collection, ‘Metamorphosis’, our designers explored the idea of change and transition – from dark to bright, heavy to light, from tiny weave structure details to blown up tartans. The transition from Winter to Spring and our optimism for the coming season. The Yacht Cardigan in Oat Melange and Collegiate Red feature in our SS21 shoot.