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 While we have all been spending a lot more time at home over the last year, we have been working  behind the scenes on our Interiors Collection, which is made in Ireland.  

Our beautiful range of throws, accessories and fabrics are designed and woven in our mill in Donegal Town and will add the perfect Spring refresh to your interiors.  Drawing on the land and seascapes that surround us in Donegal, our experienced in-house design team work closely together, carefully selecting appropriate yarns and colours for each piece.  

Throws  

The two latest additions are our Brigid’s Cross and Wigwam Throws.  

The Brigid’s Cross Throw – The intricate design of this 100% wool throw is inspired by the iconic  Saint Brigid’s Cross.  Synonymous with the beginning of Spring, this well-known symbol in Irish heritage is presented here in a rich textured weave combining luxurious shades of blue, grey and unexpected flecks of colour inspired by the Donegal coast. Also available in a rich brown combination, a reflection of the rugged landscapes of the north-west.   

Wigwam Throw – Bright, fresh colours for spring. Our energising range of Wigwam Throws make a statement. The eye-catching geometric design in 100% lambswool creates a rich texture, highlighting the vibrant tones and enhancing the colourful Donegal flecks. With nearly every colour of the rainbow represented, you will find a throw to compliment your interior scheme.   

Cushions  

One of the easiest ways to refresh your interiors is with accessories. Our selection of tweed cushions, available in lambswool or a lush cashmere lambswool blend, come in neutral earth tones. The classic and delicate herringbone Donegal tweed is woven at our mill and the cushions are filled with a luxurious duck down filling.   

Furnishing Fabrics   

Our collection of tweed by the metre offers endless opportunity for upholstery, drapery or soft furnishings.  From our core range of signature Donegal Tweeds to special, limited edition collections, these furnishing specific fabrics are designed to last, and provide a sustainable option perfect for commercial or domestic projects.   

Shop our Home Interiors collection.

  

Green is the colour perhaps most synonymous with Ireland – our fields and hedgerows, leafy green trees and mossy banks. It’s these unique landscapes that inspire our designers when creating our fabrics and collections. 

To mark St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve collected some of our favourite green pieces.  

Handwoven Salt & Pepper Donegal Tweed Jacket

A true Donegal Tweed, the salt & pepper weave is rich in colourful flecks, inspired by the flora and fauna found in the Northwest of Ireland. Handwoven in Donegal, this timeless green jacket is part of a long history of handweaving in Ireland, the foundation of our fifth-generation family business and a traditional and skilled craft we are proud to support. 

Green Herringbone Scarf

Designed and woven at our mill in Donegal, this bright green scarf in a herringbone pattern is given a luxurious twist with a touch of cashmere. 

Lunnaigh Lambswool V-neck Jumper

The colour green is really versatile, you only need to look at a bunch of flowers to see that there is barely a shade it doesn’t compliment! Our Lunnaigh Lambswool V-Neck Jumper will integrate seamlessly into your wardrobe.  

Green Donegal Tweed Notebook

These books are Made in Ireland with tweed designed and woven at our mill, this capsule collection of tweed notebooks speak to Ireland’s long literary tradition. Who knows, a future great novel or poem might be being penned in one as we speak!   

Camel & Bright Green Wigwam Throw

The vibrant green of this Wigwam Throw, designed and woven at our mill on the banks of the River Eske, brings this intricate geometric pattern to life. Dappled with colourful Donegal flecks, this throw will add a touch of spring to your interiors. 

Green Salt & Pepper Donegal Tweed Flat Cap

A staple of the Magee 1866 collection, the iconic tweed flat cap is one of our most popular pieces. A must-have accessory, these timeless hats span generations.   

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Mothers are special, make sure they know it. 

It’s been a tough year for everyone. Lockdowns, separated from the ones we love and the dreaded homeschooling! 

 This Mother’s Day, more than ever, you should take the chance to spoil your mum. We spoke to some of the Magee 1866 team about how they are going to celebrate this year.  

Charlotte – Design Director 

“As a mum of three young kids, Mother’s Day is usually marked by cuddles and cards in bed – their weekend clock can be pretty early so I am not sure a lie-in is on the agenda! My kids love art and I have some very special cards and pictures from the last few years. Mother’s Day to me means spring, so we try to spend some time outdoors, usually that would include a visit to my parents but this year we’ll FaceTime instead. My ideal Mother’s Day gift would be our Grey Donegal Tweed Lily Jacket, it’s the perfect style for this time of year and looks great paired with skinny jeans and white trainers for an off-duty Sunday.”  

Sorcha – Digital Marketing 

“I won’t get to see my mum this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a fuss. My mum loves to accessories, so I’ve picked one of our gorgeous new Glen Check wide scarves, designed and woven here in Donegal. The neutral grey shade is really versatile and with the Irish weather the way it is I’m confident she will get many opportunities to wear it.” 

Daniel – Ecommerce Manager 

“With two young boys at home, the greatest gift I could give my wife is the day off! Me and the boys will head out for the afternoon and leave my wife to relax and catch up on her favourite Netflix shows. Our Wigwam throws are ideal for tucking up in on the couch, the boys can buy the chocolates. 

Don’t forget – Mother’s Day is Sunday, 14th March 2021. Explore our gift guide here.  

Spread the love with a gift from Magee 1866

Like most things, this Valentine’s Day is going to be a little different, BUT if you are lucky enough to be with your love this year, there are still lots of ways to mark the day and we have some ideas… 

Romantic Walk  

Although it’s technically spring, you shouldn’t ditch the layers just yet. Before you head out for a nice romantic walk (withing the restrictions, of course), pop on our Glenveigh Quilted Jacket or wrap up in a warm lambswool pashmina, designed and woven at our mill in Donegal. 

Dress for Dinner 

OK so you can’t go out, but that doesn’t stop you from dressing for dinner. Go all out in your finest tweed suit, light a candle and break out the table linens. Whether you’re ordering in or cooking from scratch, this will certainly make an impact. 

Low-key Picnic for Two

Bring the outdoors in with a picnic (or brave your garden all wrapped up!). Take a throw – our colourful Wigwam Collection, designed and woven in Donegal is a good choice – and a couple of luxurious, duck-down filled tweed cushions, and you have the makings of a charming picnic for two. 

Take up Poetry  

There is no better time in the year to profess your love than Valentine’s Day, and no better medium to do it than poetry. Our Donegal Tweed Notebooks are made in Ireland and are the perfect vehicle for you to present the fruits of your creative labour.  

Visit our Valentine’s Gift Guide for more ideas on how you can spoil the one you love this year. 


P.S. we have partnered with our neighbours on South Anne Street, Sheridans Cheesemongers, for a very special Valentine’s giveaway.

Head over to our Facebook or Instagram profiles to find out more.  (ends 09.02.2021)

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. 

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