One of the pleasures of returning to Pitti is seeing old friends doing new things. Last year Begg and Co, the Scottish scarf company, was among the most enjoyable stands that I visited. In the year that has passed since, I've bought three of the scarves that I wrote about last year - the Prince of Wales, and two of the washed cashmere scarves, the beige of which has been my most worn scarf this winter. It was in this scarf that I enjoyed a brisk walk to the Fortezza after a breakfast of cappuccino and mortadella at my hotel, sharing the room awkwardly with a glowering Russian couple two tables away. The Fortezza reached, I went straight to Begg. I was happy to see that my favorites from last year - the washed cashmere and the color-shifting Nuance scarf - had returned with new plumage. The washed cashmere now comes in patterns, including the blue and white check pictured below. The Nuance (I like to think of it as a "mood scarf" as you can re-tie it to show either the darker or lighter parts) will be offered in new colors: an autumnal mix as well as vaguely maritime blue-turning-green. But the highlight was what Begg calls their "cashmere tweed." These scarves are beautiful pieces in and of themselves - bouyant and thick, in those faded colors of blankets in old country homes, lit by the dawn's first rays of light peeking through a windowshade. But they also carry the additional integrity of being a new product that at the same time remains faithful to Begg's aesthetic. It's something new that already seems familiar. Begg scarves are available through Styleforum affiliate No Man Walks Alone, as well as Begg's own online store (extra shipping for the US, but you'll have VAT automatically deducted).