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Our Winter Sale is now on. 

We’ve gathered together our top Winter Sale picks, pieces that are made to last and timeless design that you to will return to season after season. 

As a fifth-generation family business with over 150 years’ experience in designing, weaving and tailoring, we have always been about ‘slow fashion’ and creating styles that will stand the test of time. Each piece in the Magee 1866 collection has been designed and made with longevity in mind. 

Explore our top picks for men, women and home. 

MENS

Maroon Handwoven Jacket

A Donegal Tweed jacket is a wardrobe workhorse, a versatile and truly unique garment, it can be easily dressed up or down. This indulgent merlot herringbone tweed, with lavender, olive, rust, cobalt & mustard flecks is designed and handwoven in Donegal. Now 20% off. 

Cotton Jumper 

Whether you chose crew neck, V-neck or ¼ zip, a cotton jumper is a staple all year round. Layer over shirts or under jackets, (a crew neck works really well on its own or with a t-shirt). Our beautiful quality knits will integrate seamlessly into your casual wardrobe. Now 20% off. 

Navy Micro Design 3-Piece Tailored Fit Mix & Match Suit 

A timeless navy suit, perfect for both the office and more formal occasions. This contemporary style features a subtle micro design and is part of our three-piece Mix & Match suit offering. Now 20% off. 

White Formal Dress Collar Shirt 

Our social diaries may be a little on the quiet side these days but the events will happen again and you should be prepared. Our dress collar formal shirts come in Classic or Tailored Fit and single or double cuff. Now 30% off. 

Clogher T-shirt 

Part of our ‘Casual Luxe’ collection, the Clogher t-shirt is available in grey, navy or stripes. Made from luxuriously soft cotton in a relaxed fit with curved hem, these are basics at their best. Now 20% off. 

WOMENS

Navy Lily Salt & Pepper Tweed Blazer 

A firm favourite in the Magee 1866 Women’s Collection, this lambswool jacket in navy Salt & Pepper Donegal Tweed, with its slightly slanted pockets, princess seams, peak lapel and cut-away front, give it a tailored, waisted appearance without sacrificing on comfort. Style over a dress or jeans for a put together look. Now 20% off. 

Houndstooth Clooney Coat 

Treat yourself to luxury. Our Clooney Cardigan Coat is a standout piece from our winter collection. This truly special and timeless cashmere wool blend in pewter and vanilla houndstooth is the epitome of indulgence. Featuring a deep shawl collar, waist belt and hand-warmer pockets, this style is perfect for cocooning in on winter days. Now 20% off. 

Beatrice Black Cardigan 

A classic wardrobe staple, the cashmere-blend Beatrice cardigan is available in black, navy or plum. The slim-fitting silhouette features a round neck and 3/4 length sleeves and looks great styled alone or over a shirt. Now 50% off. 

Pashmina 

Every wardrobe needs a pashmina. In Ireland, we wear ours no matter what the season. Woven in a beautifully soft cashmere-lambswool blend at our mill in Donegal, this is a piece you will reach for time and time again. Now 20% off. 

Luxury Black Leather Ring Belt 

A timeless accessory, our luxury belts are handmade using the finest quality bridle leather. Style with jeans, over a dress or cardigan for a contemporary look. Now 20% off.  

 

HOME

Wigwam Throw 

New to the Magee 1866 collection, our colourful Wig Wam throws are designed and woven at our mill in Donegal. Available in a range of colours to brighten winter evenings. Now 20% off. 

18″ Donegal Tweed Cushion

Update your interiors for the new year. Our range of Donegal Tweed cushions are designed and woven at our mill in Donegal in patterns and colours inspired by the land seascapes that surround us, and filled with a luxurious duck-down filling. Now 20% off.  

 

Christmas may look a little different this year, but some traditions will never change. 

As the fourth and fifth generation in this family business, this year, family is more important than ever. We are delighted to share some Temple family traditions, unsurprisingly for Christmas a lot of them involve food!   

Since Design Director Charlotte was a child, she always loved picking and decorating the Christmas tree. Now, with small children at home it’s a very exciting time. “They are great little decorators and untangling lights and breaking a few baubles is all part of it.” Says Charlotte. “Listening to the Michael Buble Christmas album is obligatory and a vodka, fresh lime and soda helps with the happy chaos that unfolds.” 

Charlotte’s Winter Salad 

Chicory leaves 

Stilton broken into small pieces 

Walnuts caramelised with brown sugar 

Olive oil 

Balsamic vinegar 

Black pepper 

Arrange the leaves on a serving plate, crumble over stilton and caramelised walnuts. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over salad and some cracked black pepper.  

CEO of Magee Weaving, Patrick loves Christmas Eve “We are very lucky to have a local fisherman George who come wind, snow or rain always appears with lobster – so fresh lobster is on the menu for a fun family dinner with homemade mayonnaise and some asparagus, peas and beans.  

Rosy, CEO of Magee Clothing & Retail, loves the outdoors and never misses her Christmas Day swim, no matter how icy!  

No Christmas in the Temple house would be the same without Lynn, family patriarch and Magee Chairman’s famous mulled wine. Although he rarely sticks to the recipe himself, he’s shared it here as an early Christmas present. 

Lynn’s Mulled Wine 

1 bottle of red wine 

½ glass brandy 

½ glass of Cointreau 

1 pint water  

Brown sugar to taste  

Lemon or orange studded with cloves   

Teaspoon of mixed spice 

Cinnamon stick  

Over a low heat, gently warm the wine and water, add brandy, Cointreau, mixed spice, cinnamon and lemon/orange. Simmer (don’t boil) to let the flavours mingle together, add sugar to taste. 

Serve in heatproof glasses or mugs garnished with an orange slice and enjoy. (Especially good after the Christmas swim!)  

And if you were to ask what’s on the family’s wish list this Christmas, Lynn picked the new Erne Coat with its rich autumnal checks – the raglan sleeves make it easy to style over a suit or jacket for chilly days. Paddy likes to layer so loves the Mullans ¼ zip lambswool knit, Rosy will be styling the Georgie gilet over a knit and chinos and Charlotte loves the Houndstooth Clooney Coat for its luxuriously soft cashmere-rich fabric. 

This holiday season may well be different for you and your family, but from our family to yours we wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for all your support in 2020 and look forward to seeing you again in 2021.

Escape into a world of luxury… 

Made from the softest cashmere blends, this edit features some of our most lush pieces. Natural fibres are central to our collections. Renewable, biodegradable and coming from all-natural sources creating a rich, soft feeling that can’t be imitated. Designed for warmth and comfort, these are pieces to be treasured and enjoyed for years to come.  

Houndstooth Clooney Cardigan Coat

Cocoon yourself in cosy luxury with the Clooney Cardigan Coat. This truly special and timeless cashmere wool blend in chunky pewter and vanilla houndstooth is the epitome of indulgence. Featuring a deep shawl collar, waist belt and hand-warmer pockets, style over a turtleneck knit and heeled boots. 

Cashmere Blend Hopsack Throws

With patterns and colours inspired by the land and seascapes that surround Donegal, envelop yourself in an earthy sense of calm with our lightweight wool and cashmere blend hopsack throws. 

Cushions

Cosy up on the couch with our plush duck-down filled cushions. The ultimate in interior luxury, the cashmere and lambswool blend tweed is designed and woven at our mill in Donegal.  

Emma Coat

The Emma Coat, with its contemporary boyfriend fit is a comfortable, relaxed piece. Its iconic black and white enlarged herringbone cashmere-rich cloth, designed and woven at our mill in Donegal, bears all the hallmarks of luxury and quality associated with Magee tweeds. 

Pashminas

Beat the chill and wrap up in our luxurious cashmere blend pashminas, designed and woven at our mill in Donegal. The collection features calming earth tones and Windowpane checks.  

 

Native – “of indigenous origin or growth” 

Ahead of its launch, our Design Director Charlotte Temple introduces the inspiration behind the Magee 1866 Winter 2020 Collection.

What a year this has been! 2020 has forced us as a family, to really look at our business and what we stand for: heritage – over 150 years’ experience designing, weaving and tailoring luxurious fabrics and clothing, sustainability – such a key part of our future, less is more,  fabric – our luxurious natural fibre wools, linens, silks woven and designed in our mill in Donegal, design – beautiful yet simple, timeless design with a focus on fit and comfort, family – as the fourth and fifth generation in this business,  family is more important than ever.  

And, of course,  Ireland – our home, our native land. The theme for this winter’s collection is drawn from home, Ireland is a country bursting with culture, art, music, literature and craft, beautiful landscapes and coastline. We draw on this unique country for much of our ongoing inspiration.  

We are delighted to introduce our winter 2020 collection ‘Native’ – a celebration of our landscape and place. 

   

Made in Ireland – We are very excited about expanding our range of pieces made in Ireland. Highlights this winter include our traditional Banín Aran hanknit jumper for him, a classic red fisherman rib handknit crew neck for her and a new collection of colourful throws inspired by the land and seascapes that surround us.  

Heritage – We  have embraced our roots in timeless design this season in both our fabrics and finished pieces – highlights include our classic Corrib coat in a black & oat chunky Donegal tweed and the Emma oversized coat in a black & white cashmere/wool blend tweed.  

Sustainability – This is a smaller collection featuring some of the best pieces we do – luxury coats, jackets and knitwear made with natural fibres – wool, cashmere and cotton. As always, we pay particular attention to the quality and make of our products – they are made to last. We are a slow fashion brand  Highlights include our made in Ireland scarves, handknit accessories and the handwoven jacket.  

Fabric – Magee Weaving is based on the banks of the River Eske and this collection showcases just some of our luxurious and intricately designed fabrics – classic herringbones and salt & peppers, (the true Donegal tweed) speckled with flecks of colour – blues, reds, pinks, yellows and greens. We also feature some bold, oversized checks in our men’s and women’s coats – the Erne and Clooney. The raw fabric is washed in the Eske’s peaty waters resulting in a beautifully soft finish.  

Design – This season we have focused on designing timeless pieces, designed to be worn year after year. We are in a unique position of being able to design the fabric in our mill and then work these natural fibre cloths into our garments and accessories. Tailoring is very much part of our identity and highlights for him include the Easky, unstructured blazer in a colourful Donegal tweed, style with a navy lambswool crew neck and peachy soft cotton chinos. For her, the Grace coat – a mid-length tailored coat in a rich oat Donegal tweed crossed with a red check, style with one of our red pashminas and bridle leather belts – (made in England).  

Family – We have spent considerable time looking to the future amidst all the challenges this year and we want to create a lifestyle brand with pieces we love and wear. Our favourites this winter? Lynn picked the Erne Coat with its rich autumnal checks, Paddy likes to layer so loves the Mullans ¼ zip lambswool knit, Rosy will be styling the Georgie gilet over a light knit and chinos and I love the Clooney wrap cardigan coat for its casual winter style.

On brisk and chilly winter days we reach for one essential, a jumper, and this season we are launching some really special pieces which are handknit in Donegal.  

With our rich history of textile design, handknit jumpers from Donegal and the west coast of Ireland are world famous. The highly skilled, and beloved tradition of handknitting has been passed down through generations and this heritage and experience is visible in every stitch.  

Our exclusive collection of handknits are made with care and consideration in the homes of skilled local craftspeople and feature age-old, intricate stitches, such as cables, diamonds and fisherman’s rib which provide comfort and warmth.  

With designs inspired by Donegal’s rugged landscape, and handmade from wool locally sourced from our friends in Donegal Yarn, each piece is as unique as the hands that made them. 

This season we have three styles available.  

Maeve Fisherman Rib Jumper 

A classic fisherman rib jumper, handknit in 100% merino wool for a little touch of luxury. This soft yarn is spun in a traditional way giving it the colourful flecks that are synonymous with Donegal textiles. 

A thick ribbed knit with a crew neck and raglan sleeve, this jumper looks great layered under a tweed coat for extra warmth and available in two colours – burgundy red and a timeless creamy white. 

Aran Cable  

An iconic style, the Aran Cable knit jumper, named after the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, features some of the most ornate stitches in Aran knitting. In our design, the traditional raglan sleeve crew neck has a blackberry stitch central panel, framed by cables and diamond and moss stitch. 100% pure new wool from Donegal Yarns is used to knit each one-of-a-kind piece.

Brody Fisherman Rib Jumper 

Like the Maeve, but for him. A classic, thick ribbed, raglan sleeve fisherman rib jumper, handknit in a dark blue heather 100% merino wool. This luxuriously soft yarn is spun in a traditional way giving it the colourful flecks that are synonymous with Donegal textiles. 

If you only purchase one piece of knitwear this season make a handknit – these beautiful and unique jumpers define slow fashion and are a future heirloom for you to cherish for a long time to come. 

Explore our full range of handknit jumpers and accessories. 

Make this year extra special by treating your loved ones to a gift from Magee 1866

Our carefully curated gift guides have something for everyone; Donegal tweed gilets for the fan of winter walks, Irish-made throws for the new homeowners, cashmere-blend pashminas and ultra-soft jersey basics for the work-from-home-er, tweed notebooks for the planner and we even have the little ones covered with a unique tweed teddy bear

For that extra special someone, we have collected our favourite luxury gifts, pieces we would be thrilled to find under the tree, like a handwoven Donegal tweed jacket or a classic check tweed coat with sumptuous velvet details. 

Maybe you would like to send a homegrown gift to friends abroad. Our Made in Ireland guide showcases our collection of scarves, pashminas and throws proudly designed and woven at our mill in Donegal, as well as pieces in collaboration with other Irish makers and mills, such as our hand poured candles and men’s linen shirts. 

For that friend you want to thank, our guide to stocking fillers has you covered with lots of Donegal tweed accessories. And if you are just not sure, you can’t go wrong with a Magee 1866 voucher. 

No matter what you choose, you can be assured that each piece has been designed and made with longevity in mind. A gift to treasure that will be enjoyed for years to come. 

Explore ideas for her, for him and of course perhaps something for yourself. 

Add a touch of luxury to your day with our working from home essentials.

Candles

Handmade in Ireland from a natural wax blend and essential oils, our candles are available in a range of luscious scents like the invigorating Sweet Grapefruit & Lemon Zest or calming Lavender & Heather. 

Casual Luxe Collection

High quality cotton jersey basics, our Casual Luxe collection is designed to be worn alone or layered. Low maintenance and comfortable without compromising on style. 

Pashminas

Beat the chill and wrap up in our luxurious cashmere blend pashminas, designed and woven at our mill in Donegal. 

Darney Knit Waistcoat

Upgrade your working from home wardrobe with a Donegal Tweed Darney knit waistcoat. Style over a Tullagh shirt for a smart Zoom look! 

Salt & Pepper Tweed Notebook

Jot down your best ideas in our limited edition Salt & Pepper Donegal Tweed notebooks, made in Ireland.  

Donegal Tweed Cushion

Enhance your home office setup with a Donegal Tweed cushion. Designed and woven in Donegal in colours inspired by the land and seascapes that surround us. 

 

Growing up with the family business, taking two very different paths, and finding themselves drawn back home to work alongside their father and brother at the helm of Magee 1866, wcaught up with Charlotte and Rosy Temple on sustainabilityslow fashion and siblings. 

As the fourth and fifth-generations behind Magee, since being founded by John Magee over 150 years ago, the business is literally in the family’s DNA with Charlotte as Design Director, Rosy as CEO of Magee Clothing & Retail, brother Patrick as CEO of Magee Weaving and their father Lynn Temple as Chairman. 

Everyone brings their individual talents to the table “Dad had never put any pressure on either myself or my two siblings to join Magee 1866, we all went off in different directions and in time all then felt the atavistic pull to come back! For me it took working in different environments to truly appreciate how fortunate I was to have a family business and one with an exciting future.” says Rosy. 

Although their mother Elizabeth has never worked in the business, “she is a solid sounding board for us all and has been for years” noted Charlotte. Both sisters praise the family home as a haven, with Elizabeth’s Salthill Gardens – a walled-in acre of secret paths and little follies, vegetables, trees, shrubs and flowers – the backdrop to many photoshoots, and a source of inspiration over the years. 

Temple siblings Patrick, Rosy and Charlotte.

Charlotte and Rosy have very different personalities but share a similar appreciation for the outdoors. “We have grown up in in the wilds of Donegal with the Atlantic Ocean and the Bluestack mountains on our doorstep – many happy hours spent swimming, sailing, running, riding, cycling and rowing to name just a few of our activities. Our home is surrounded by woodland providing endless adventures for us as children. Mum and Dad always encouraged a deep respect for where we grew up – surrounded by the sea and a magical landscape and to tread with care. We now really appreciate how lucky we are and how much we need to do to protect our natural environment. Sustainability is very much part of our family values and what we do at Magee 1866.” 

“We have always been about ‘slow fashion’, the finest of natural fibre yarns like wool and linen, which are biodegradable and renewable, are used to produce our sustainable fabrics and garments.” explains Rosy. “We want to create styles that will endure for years, pieces that will always have a home in your wardrobe.” adds Charlotte. “We’re particularly proud of our newly launched 1866 CLASSICS collection. This collection has been refined over the years and is made up of staples that are inspired by our heritage, designed for everyday and with longevity in mind.”  

On Charlotte’s visions for the future – “when I first started at Magee, we specialised in good quality men’s suits and jackets. Today, while we have some way to go, we are starting to capture the essence of an Irish family lifestyle brand across our home, men and women collections. The focus is luxury fabrics (many which are still woven by us in Donegal) and design, steeped in our heritage with contemporary styling.” 

Acknowledging the unprecedented year have found ourselves in, Rosy states that “It has been an incredibly challenging and difficult few months with the situation surrounding COVID-19 and not to mention the uncertainties of Brexit. While we are still very much in the middle of both these external and uncontrollable factors, we have a very clear vision for our future and look forward to the next 150 years!” 

What’s your favourite Magee piece in your wardrobe?  

Rosy: The beige Ards Biker jacket – the fabric was designed and made by us. It looks cool with dresses or jeans.  

Charlotte: The Camel & Oat cashmere blend pashmina – made in Donegal. I have always loved these pashminas and always have one with me – summer or winter. 

What new arrivals are you most looking forward to this season?  

Rosy: The Donegal tweed salt & pepper Georgie gilet.  

Charlotte: The Clooney coat – in a soft grey and white cashmere houndstooth.

 

Grey and white houndstooth

What’s a piece of advice that you’ve carried with you and who is it from?  

Rosy:  Mum has always told each of us since we were little to ‘be true to yourself’ and ‘to follow your own path’. Sometimes this might mean going against the grain, I’ve had a fairly un-conventional career from working at Christie’s Auction House to a food start up to cycling solo in Patagonia but it’s always worth daring to explore and to return all the better for the experience gained. And as siblings now working together, we all respect our very ‘individual’ characters!  

Charlotte: Rosy has always been black and white and takes emotion out of a situation. I have a lot to learn in this area, I am very like Dad in that I can get pretty passionate about getting my point of view across. I am trying to take a ‘calm’ leaf out of Rosy’s book with mixed results!   

What excites you about the future? / What are you passionate about?  

Rosy: I’m so glad to see that amidst the real challenges of Covid-19, sustainability is becoming an urgent conversation. I am hopeful that conversations will translate to much needed action around improving how we treat the planet. At Magee, we are set on building on our heritage of slow fashion and to make sure we leave a brand fit for the next generation.  

Charlotte: For the last few months we have been firefighting with COVID-19 but I am lucky now to be fully immersed in the creative and direction of the brand, which is a welcome distraction. I am really excited about our collections evolving into something that we as a family love to wear and use and cannot wait to share this. 

Cheeky last question – What’s it really like working with your siblings? 

Charlotte: We try to keep emotion to a minimum with business but it creeps in on occasion! However siblings are always there – day or night to talk through both the good and bad, this is very reassuring and invaluable for me, especially on the more challenging issues we might face.

Introducing 1866 CLASSICS, a curated collection of quintessential Magee 1866 styles.  

This core collection highlights our star pieces, pieces we have perfected and really can’t improve on. Each piece has been designed and made with longevity in mind.  

A smart navy wool suit, crisp white cotton twill shirt, a Donegal tweed cap, a handwoven tweed jacket and long Donegal tweed coats for men; preppy hacking style tweed jackets, Donegal tweed coats and luxurious scarves and pashminas for women. Timeless design that’s impactful season after season. 

As a fifth-generation family business, with over 150 years’ experience in designing, weaving and tailoring, we have refined this collection over the years. Inspired by our heritage, these staples are designed for everyday – classic shapes, premium quality, functional and uncompromising in aesthetics. These are styles that will endure for years, pieces that will always have a home in your wardrobe. 

We have always been about ‘slow fashion’, it’s in our DNA. The finest of natural fibre yarns like wool and linen, which are biodegradable and renewable, are used to produce our sustainable fabrics and garments.  

The collection will evolve, colours and even some new styles may be included, but at its core, this is a collection of pieces that are to be worn, treasured and in fashion next season and beyond. 

Highlights from the collection include: 

Womens 

Linsford Checked Donegal Tweed Coat 

Raspberry Alicia Herringbone Donegal Tweed Jacket 

Red Windowpane Checked Pasmina  

Mens 

Corrib Coat 

Navy Tailored Fit Suit 

White formal dress collar shirt 

Green salt & pepper cap 

Explore the full collection 

Mens 

Womens

Growing up with the business since the 1950’s, we sat down with Lynn Temple, Chairman of Magee 1866 and fourth generation family member and asked him to share some of his favourite memories from childhood and the intervening years, as well as his thoughts on the future of the brand.

“In the 1950s, the company was powered by three generators of different sizes. There was always one big one running at any time, driving what looked like a Victorian mill with a huge central drive from the ceiling and belts running off it, which then drove the sewing machines. My great delight as a little boy was to start and stop the generators. I would run in and switch on a generator that wasn’t running, and switch it off again. One day, I got confused and switched off the main generator. The whole factory ground to a halt. I was in serious trouble. The production manager ate me – it was horrendous. They lost about an hour and a half production before they got the whole thing working again!

In those days, with direct current, fire was always a risk. At Magee in Donegal, we always had our own petrol-driven fire engine. We used to go to the River Eske beside the factory, where the suction pump at the end of the fire engine was put into the river. The hose was at the other end and we used to practice every week. That practice always attracted a whole lot of the town’s teenagers who used to sit at the wall on the other side of the river, and shout to see if we could hit them with the spray of the hose. We had great fun decoying them at the end of the wall with the engine at half-power, and then when they were all lined up, we’d open the throttle and we could knock them off the wall like skittles. As a ten year old I thought it was absolutely the best part of Magee!

A little boy’s magical memories aside (!), Magee in the 1950s was a very traditional place and focused principally on hand-weaving and hand-knitting.  As continental competition grew in the 70s and 80s, we very much upped our game to further develop tailoring around the ‘business suit’. The Weaving Mill shifted gears in the late 60s and 70s as it became a more fashion orientated business. Magee’s Donegal Tweed was picked up by designers such as Sybil Connolly and Irene Gilbert, which brought some serious panache and established global exports of our luxury fabric.

Now, we see the market changing again to incorporate far more lifestyle and casual garments. We believe beautiful tailoring will always have a place in the market (and is still a core element for our business) but the world has become a more casual place. For us it is important to never lose sight of our roots but crucial to also keep looking forward. This means that we continue to focus on using our own fabric throughout our collections. Weaving in Donegal, on the North-West coast of Ireland certainly has its challenges and not least with the current situation surrounding COVID-19 and the uncertainties that we face on a global stage. However as a family, designing and weaving our own cloth is an integral part of who we are and what we stand for. The other huge shift that I see, is the growing awareness of sustainability which we are firm believers in. It wasn’t a common topic in the 1950’s (!) but it is good to see this emphasis on ‘slow fashion’, which fits the bill for us. We are developing more casual, relaxed garments with an empathise on natural fabrics. Each piece we design and make has longevity in mind.

Rosy, Patrick, Lynn & Charlotte

It has been an incredibly challenging few months for us with the unprecedented situation surrounding COVID-19 and not to mention the uncertainties with Brexit. However we have been here for over 150 years and are looking to a positive future. My three children are all in the business – Charlotte as Design Director, Patrick as CEO of Magee Weaving, and Rosy as CEO of Magee Clothing & Retail and they are joined by a loyal, energetic and skilled team in Donegal. Despite the uncharted waters we are currently navigating this gives me great heart for our future as an Irish lifestyle brand with a unique slant in that we have our own weaving mill and these luxurious fabrics are incorporated into our clothing and accessory collections. “

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