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We are renowned for our men’s sophisticated tailoring and have been perfecting the art of the ‘work wear’ wardrobe for men for over 100 years. Styling has without doubt evolved over this time, however the classic suit is still a staple.

In the 1960’s we started designing and weaving colourful, intricate tweeds which opened the door for us into the women’s market on fabric. For the last few years we have been focusing our efforts on a women’s ready-to-wear collection. This capsule wardrobe captures the 9 – 5 look perfectly for women. Fabric and garment design are at the core of what we do, as a result each piece is comfortable, smart, unique and above all made to last.

Our Moyne boyfriend style blazer is an office must – an easy fit and really comfortable jacket. Style with the Chloe knit – a lux cashmere blend jumper with a Liberty of London silk panel.

The Mona double breasted Mac is an essential piece for the Irish and British summer forecast – featuring a unique Donegal tweed trim on the under collar, this smart coat works across the 9 – 5 look to weeknights out perfectly. Style with our stretch wool cigarette pants.

My own personal work-travel essential is one of our luxury cashmere blend pashminas, this oversized scarf is ideal for hopping in and out of planes and taxis. Complete the 9 – 5 look with one of our tweed and leather laptop bags.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have selected a few very special gifts to mark this day, (this selection is made with our own Dad in mind) and more importantly, some thoughts on why Father’s Day is a perfect excuse to thank our own father for all that he does for us.

My brother Paddy, sister Rosy and I all work with our father so the relationship swings between Dad and chairman of our company. Working within a family business is very special and despite the understandable and numerous family ‘debates’, having the ongoing support and guidance from our father is something we all value highly.

My earliest memories of Dad revolve around cycling, mountains, boats, swimming and chocolate, the latter used to help us get through many mini expeditions around the hills and seas in Donegal! We grew up beside the coast in an idyllic setting for any child and Dad ensured we made the most out of it.

This high level of physical activity as children thankfully didn’t put us off exercise for the rest of our lives and we all still love our sport and challenges, often with Dad in tow – from cycling through Chile, (Rosy!) 24 hour mountain bike races, rowing, numerous marathons and one ironman.

If I was to sum up Dad in a few words – energetic, enthusiastic, positive and very much the life and soul of any party! Here is to you and all the other Dad’s on this Father’s Day and to many more of them!

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Dad and Rosy on Sandpiper, a traditional wooden Galway hooker.

June is here and with it we hope some sunny, warm weather, although in Ireland today it is blowing a strong wind, accompanied by heavy showers and very intermittent glimpses of blue sky! With this unpredictable weather pattern we have selected a capsule 9 – 5 wardrobe which should hopefully cover all eventualities.

Blue is the perfect 9 – 5 colour that transcends all seasons and weather!

A key piece this summer for us is the Banagher Reversible Mac, featuring a navy-blue puppy-tooth summer weight cotton blend fabric (designed and woven by us in Donegal) and a showerproof navy on the reverse. Style with a grey structure knit and chinos for a casual look or dress up with our navy travel suit (the perfect wool blend suit for any business travel – this suit is renowned for its durability and ability to remain relatively crease-free even after hours in a plane or car). Complete the look with a crisp white cotton shirt, cotton knit waistcoat (a comfortable, yet smart alternative to the traditional suit waistcoat) and silk knit tie.

For the casual Friday look check our shirt collection – the Drumbar denim shirt is a wardrobe staple for work or weekend. Shop Shirts.

The Throw – our luxurious throws are designed and woven in our mill in Donegal, Ireland. We use the finest of natural yarns – lambswool, alpaca and cashmere. They are available in two sizes – 220cm x 142cm and 150cm x 142cm. Explore throws.

Patterns feature classic herringbones, hopsack, colourful patchworks and oversized checks.

Colours are inspired by Donegal – sea blues, sky greys, grass greens, oats, soft pinks and creams.

The candle – a staple for any home and a beautiful gift. These natural wax candles are made in Ireland by Brooke & Shoals for Magee. We have four distinctive scents – lavender & coastal heathers, orange blossom and summer herbs, a sweet grapefruit and lemon zest and winter berries, cinnamon and nutmeg. These carefully chosen scents are inspired by scents we love – the sea, fresh oranges, zesty lemon and Christmas. Shop candles and diffusers.

Whether you are a passionate gardener or a philistine towards the art of horticulture, it is hard not to be inspired by the magical miniature worlds and oceans of colour that can be found The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which was established in 1913.

The Yorkshire Garden – Mark Gregory

I do not profess to be a gardener, but my Mum is and when we were very small she started to create a paradise at home in Donegal. Enclosed within the walls of an old kitchen garden, this vivid creation has evolved over time into a sea of vibrant colour, vegetable ridges, secret paths and quiet corners. As children it was an idyllic space to explore and play. Many happy hours spent finding bugs and cultivating our own, albeit rather unsuccessful, little garden plots.

A glimpse of the garden at home. Explore Salthill Gardens.

For my own part I love spending time in gardens, they are a place of beauty, inspiration and calm. Every spring summer floral prints feature in our collection, paying homage to the wonders of nature.

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Flax

Ireland has always been known for its linen, during the Victorian era Northern Ireland was the largest producer of linen worldwide. Today there are just a few mills left in Ireland weaving this very special and I think, underrated fabric. Many have fallen out of love with linen due to its tendency to crease badly – I feel this is part of its unique character and a well tailored, high quality linen garment – creased or not will still look well!

Our own mill design and weave linen namely for tailored garments – suits and blazers and there are a handful of other mills across Northern Ireland producing for shirts and home interiors.

To celebrate this sustainable and natural cloth we have just launched a capsule Made in Ireland – Woven in Ireland shirt collection for men.

The Grandfather shirt – made in Ireland from start to finish.

There are three styles across four classic colours – oat, white, sky blue and navy. We have used a timeless hopsack linen from Baird McNutt, who are designing in Donegal and weaving in County Antrim.

Linen is made from the fibres of the flax plant, it is one of the oldest fabrics in the world and known for its cool, fresh properties. It is lightweight, made from natural fibres and a sustainable material. These beautifully tailored shirts are truly investment pieces designed and made to last.

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Handweaving is a skill that has been passed down through the generations. It is suggested that the art of weaving dates back to the Palaeolithic era, although there is little evidence to support this. Woven linen cloth has been found dating back to the Neolithic period. While there may be a few thousand years in the debate as to when weaving was first developed, we know for a fact it is a reassuringly ancient skill and craft!

Market day in the ‘Diamond’, Donegal Town.

This unique fabric is the backbone of our family company – in 1866 John Magee founded his handwoven tweed business in Donegal, Ireland. At that time weaving was a skill many farmers and fishermen had honed, the cloth they wove on large wooden looms was hardwearing and tough, and the most ‘technical’ fabric of its time – used to keep out the damp and cold in not only Donegal, but across Ireland, the UK and was a staple garment for the early polar explorers and alpinists across the globe.

Photograph of the 1924 Everest Exhibition – photograph from the John Noel Collection. Tweed and wool feature as the ‘ultimate kit’ for these pioneering alpinists. Wool has a natural ability to ‘wick’ away moisture to its vapour state, making it still one of the best and most sustainable technical fibres.

In 2019, we are still designing and producing a unique handwoven fabric – we retain similar, timeless designs – namely the herringbone – inspired by fish-bones and the ‘true Donegal tweed’ – the salt & pepper. We use the finest of yarns – lambswool, mohair and cashmere. Designs are sent to the weavers who work in their homes, the raw fabric is then sent back to the mill to be washed and finished. We wash the raw, oily fabric in the peaty waters of the River Eske, which flows by the mill, resulting in a beautifully soft finish.

The traditional wooden handloom

Donegal handwoven tweed is distinctive with its bright flecks of colour woven through each piece. Heather purples, grass greens, fuchsia pinks, gorse yellows, sea blues, rusty oranges and earthy browns to name but a few colours found in this unique fabric.

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We have been specialising in tailoring and luxury fabrics for over 150 years. In the 1800’s John Magee (my great-grandfather’s cousin) established his Donegal tweed business – buying and selling lengths of handwoven tweed and tailoring jackets and suits. These garments would have been made to order. In the 1930’s my grandfather set up a ready-to-wear business, but we have always maintained a personally tailored element to our business. This year we have just launched our new made to measure service. Designed around your selection of fabric, lining, trim and most importantly tailored to fit you perfectly. We take a ready-made block in a classic or tailored style and made the necessary adjustments around this to fit you. Then it’s time to sit down with a glass of champagne or coffee and get creative – choose from our extensive collection of luxury fabrics – from original Donegal tweeds to fine Italian lightweight wools. Our expert team in-store will guide you through lining, piping, collar melton, external trim options and add some personalised embroidery for the finishing touches. From the date or order to collection takes about 5 weeks.

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Magee 1866 Men's collection SS19 featuring a Donegal silk & cotton blazer.
Atlantic Adventure SS19 – Men

This timeless nautical theme inspired by summer escapes has been given an sophisticated update for SS19.
Whilst texture is still present through the melange yarns and geometric weaves, the fabrics are sleeker and silhouettes are slimmer and more structured. The colours and fabric designs are more defined, reflecting the force of the ocean and the vividness created by the summer sun.
Key colours include turquoise, true raspberry, ice-cream white, pewter, ocean blue, air-force and deep navy, with a pop of chartreuse found within casual pieces.
The hero pieces include Donegal silk cotton blazers, graphic herringbone knits, geometric and bold pattern printed shirts; a modern, water-resistant quilted jacket and a reversible mac.





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