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The scarf is an accessory that I wear all year round. I have a lighter and looser weave for the hotter months and cashmere scarves for fall and winter. I keep one handy in my bag when I'm out the entire day because the weather here in the UK is so unpredictable. Say what you want about the airline blankets but I'd much rather use my own (aka my scarf) on the plane.
I'm a scarf snob. There, I've said it. There's no doubt that Loro Piana and Hermes make some of the most luxurious cashmere scarves in the world. I consider my Hermes shawl a work of art albeit one that hangs on my neck but it's getting harder and harder for me to justify forking out £770. Yes. For. One. Shawl. My finger trembled as I pressed the purchase button on the Hermes website years ago. My first Hermes shawl cost me £660. But the price of a Hermes shawl has increased faster than inflation despite the downturn of the economy. Hence, it was time for me to look for more affordable alternatives.
I stumbled upon BeckSøndergaard scarves at a store last week when I was out window shopping and promptly fell in love with them. I'm rather sensitive to wool particularly around my neck but I was thrilled to find a large selection of prints and various blends of fabrics. The 100% cotton scarves cost a mere £25 and on the other end of the scale, wool/silk mix ones are priced at a very affordable £85. These creations are the brainchild of Anna Søndergaard and Lis Beck, two Danish based in Copenhagen who founded the brand in 2003. You can view the rest of their collection here.