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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. 

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

Casual Luxe by Magee 1866 is a response to the needs and lifestyle changes of modern-day life. This capsule collection, influenced by weekends on the West Coast of Ireland, is made up of high-quality jersey basics and designed to be worn on their own or layered.

With a colour palette taken directly from the Magee 1866 brand, these pieces are adaptable for lots of weekend activities; from walking on the beach to long, lazy brunches with friends. Key finishing touches include fabrics woven by us in Donegal in our unique 1866 branding, making it a truly original collection.

These on-trend pieces are a seamless blend of luxury and casual, low maintenance and comfort, sophistication and simplicity. Our sustainable message is continued through the use of organic cottons and locally sourced linens. This is a collection to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and each piece is designed with longevity in mind.

One of our favourite pieces in the collection is the Navy Malin 1866 Full Zip Sweat featuring a relaxed fit and contemporary Donegal Tweed herringbone ‘1866’ applique. Mix and match with other pieces in the collection and style with casual chinos for the ultimate weekend look.

The use of houndstooth’s baby brother ‘puppytooth’ is a nod to our weaving heritage. The navy and grey micro pattern of the Puppytooth Malin Full Zip Sweat and Seahill Crew Neck Jumper, adds a twist to classic styles. Both pieces are designed to be layered over a t-shirt from the collection or a casual linen shirt for off-duty comfort without compromising on style.

Super soft cotton, a relaxed fit and curved hem make the Clogher t-shirt a wardrobe essential. In the signature Magee 1866 brand colours, you can choose from navy or grey melange, rich stripes or a herringbone tweed ‘1866’ applique.

Explore the full collection.

The colour pink can be romantic and beautiful but also bright and vivacious. Its adaptability is just one of the reasons we love to incorporate pink into our cloths and collections.

This season we celebrate the full spectrum of the colour – from the hot and brave pinks with riotous colour bursts reminiscent of the joyful Holi Festival of Colour (and the addictive Candy Crush game), to the relaxed and delicate blush tones that evoke a tranquil vibe powerfully rooted in the authenticity and assurance of nature.  

The Subtle Pink Twist

The Grace coat has returned with a luxury multicoloured twist. The exaggerated cotton, wool and silk blend sharkskin weave, features dusky pinks, aqua and sea blues and off-white chunky yarns, interwoven with contemporary gold and silver lurex for a little bit of dazzle!

The Hot Pink

Our hot pink Lily Donegal Tweed jacket provides a luxurious burst of colour to any outfit. The lightweight tweed, designed and woven at our mill by our skilled weavers, is dappled with flecks of teal and purple. The jacket’s princess seams, peak lapel and a cut-away front give it a flattering, feminine appearance without sacrificing on comfort.

Floral Pinks

Soft pastel colours of violet, ochre and aqua are contrasted against a soft pink base in a wonderfully ornate Liberty Kew garden’s floral print on our Tracy tailored fit shirt. Designed and drawn in the Liberty of London Fabrics studio in a fine line style, this print offers a dreamy and delicate interpretation of Kew Gardens’ tropical flora. Liberty of London Tana Lawn Cotton’s distinctive hand-feel and translucent softness make it a versatile favourite.

Picks for Him

A summery blend of cotton, silk and linen perfectly showcase the dusky pink check in this classic fit Liffey jacket. Designed and woven in Ireland, this opulent fabric blend is light and airy. Styled with a crisp white Irish linen shirt and chinos, this jacket is an ideal way to introduce some colour into your summer wardrobe.

If you’re still a little shy of colour, a great way to dip your toe in, is with knitwear. Styled under jackets or over shirts, a pop of pink, like our Carn Cotton ¼ Zip Jumper, elevates an outfit while keeping you comfortable and warm.

Pink in our Home and Accessory Collections

Another reason we love pink is because it reminds us of home. This time of year, the roses in Salthill’s garden (Mum’s) are in full bloom and provide endless inspiration for our accessory collection.

Pale pink checks and herringbones in the softest blends of wool, cashmere and alpaca, woven in Donegal by us bring a touch of luxury to your interiors.

Pink and White Large Herringbone Pashmina, White, Grey and Pink Patchwork Throw, Pale Pink Herringbone Donegal Tweed Cushion

Green is the colour that best describes Ireland – the green Shamrock is an internationally renowned symbol for our beautiful country and we are known for our rolling green fields of varying shades.

Summer in Ireland captures our ‘green label’ at its best. Our fields and hedgerows, leafy green trees and mossy banks. Take a moment to close your eyes and image the smell of freshly cut grass and listen to the soft sound of rustling leaves in a summer breeze.

Here in Donegal, we are especially fortunate to be surrounded by such a rich and unique landscape. Yes, North-West Ireland does have its summer showers! However without an ‘Irish summer’ we would not have this lush environment of ever-changing colours and seasons. These natural colours have been part of the inspiration for our luxury Donegal fabrics for over the past 150 years.

We continue to be motivated by our surroundings and it’s no surprise that because of this, the colour green features regularly in our collections.

Light Green Georgie Country Check Tweed Waistcoat, Light Green Lily Country Check Tweed Jacket

With a base of soft mossy green, delicately crossed with dark olive, soft coral and bubble-gum pink, The Georgie Nehru neck waistcoat and Lily Country Check Tweed Jacket bring a pretty, feminine slant on a traditional micro-windowpane design. This soft lambswool cloth is designed and woven by us in Donegal. Perfect summer tweeds!

Multicoloured Carey Checked Donegal Tweed Skirt, Multicoloured Linsford Checked Donegal Tweed Coat

The cloth for our 100% Pure New Wool Carey skirt was designed and woven at our mill in Donegal, teaming sage and olive greens with highlights of denim, sky blue, golden oat and magenta in a traditional check. It is easy to see how this versatile piece has become a firm favourite in the Magee 1866 Women’s Collection. Style with our Linsfort coat – a great outfit for autumn racing.

Green Herringbone Donegal Tweed Flat Cap, Green Salt & Pepper Handwoven Donegal Tweed Classic Fit Jacket

Just as in nature, in weaving, green is the perfect base with which to compliment bright or bold colours like the mauve, gold and claret red featured in our Green Herringbone Donegal Tweed Flat Cap. But green can also stand firmly alone, our Green Salt & Pepper Handwoven Donegal Tweed Classic Fit Jacket epitomises the heritage of and landscape surrounding our mill in Donegal. This green salt & pepper tweed is handwoven by us in Donegal. A Magee 1866 handwoven blazer is a must for your wardrobe! Style with chinos and a linen shirt for a timeless look. 

You can always bring the outdoors in by adding a little green to your interiors. A soft green evokes a sense of calm.  With a luxurious blend of lambswool and cashmere and a duck down filling, you can imagine snuggling up on the sofa on our Green Herringbone cushion, under a lambswool throw watching the summer showers pass. Our throws are made in Ireland.

Clockwise from top: Green Herringbone Cushion, Pink, Green & Oat Patchwork Lambswool Throw, Green Donegal Tweed Teddy Bear – Large, Green Herringbone Scarf.


As much as we love green, being green is important to us too, read up on our commitment to respecting our environment and how we do business in it.

Oatmeal – perhaps not a traditional name for a colour but preferable to beige! I have recently started to love to wear this colour – a quiet, natural tone which can be beautiful on its own or great with sky blues and khaki greens. It comes in a variety of tones but generally pale with hints or yellow, cream, grey with soft green undertones. It is a perfect summer colour – best found in linens, wools and silks.

Oatmeal is a colour very much inspired by nature.

The Eske Cape (lambswool) – a creamy oat works amazingly with blue – this season we have combined these natural colours to create a classic oat crossed with a contemporary sky blue stripe. These beautiful capes are designed, woven and made by us in Donegal. We love this Alicia patch pocket linen blazer featuring a golden oat and blue nautical stripe.

Colour is at the heart of what we do at Magee 1866, in the 1960’s our mill started to focus on more colourful fabrics, moving away from the functional, hardwearing tweeds which sometimes lacked colour into more design lead cloths, inspired by our surrounding land and seascape. The ‘true Donegal tweed’ is a salt and pepper which is speckled with bright colours – gorse yellows, sea blues, sky greys, mossy greens, fuchsia pinks and leafy reds and oranges.

Blue is one of my favourite colours and a seasonal classic – summer or winter and a colour that works across men’s, women’s and home accessories. We take much of our inspiration from nature and in Donegal we are surrounded by blues – the sea, the sky (albeit often grey!), flowers and our landscape. The mountains near Donegal town are aptly named the Bluestack mountains.

Murvagh beach with the Bluestack mountains in the distance.

We use blue across many pieces from the more formal to casual. It is an easy colour to wear and has such an amazing colour palette from classic navies to mid-denim to pale blues. I love this herringbone mid-blue Emma coat – with a soft creamy white contrast.

Blue is a beautiful colour to incorporate into your home, on its own in varying shades or mixed with oats, greys or creams.

One of my favourite accessories – our Donegal tweed teddy bears – this one is made in a beautiful blue salt & pepper tweed.

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Magee 1866 are proud to champion sustainability as a fundamental part of our ethos which has evolved over the last 150 years. Our Magee Weaving Mill pre-dominantly uses natural fibres like wool and linen, which are biodegradable, renewable and the high-quality fabric is then manufactured locally. Quality is our principle product value and is evident from our fabric to finished garment. Magee Clothing’s design philosophy promotes the sustainable concept of ‘slow fashion’ through timeless and classic collections. Sustainable fabric and high quality, long lasting products define our brand DNA. We are currently in the process of understanding which of the various environmental and sustainability certificates best align with this company ethos. 

Donegal bay

It is a 5th generation family business and the Temple family behind Magee 1866 are committed to manufacturing in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way possible. The Temple family have planted over 150 acres of forestry to off-set carbon emissions, grow their own organic vegetables & breed a small herd of their own organic grass-fed cattle. 

Raw Materials

We focus on weaving and producing garments using ‘Noble Natural Fibres’:

  • Wool: biodegradable & renewable. It is sourced by our trusted spinning partners within the E.U. Countries of origin include: Ireland, Norway, Peru, Australia, New Zealand. We are working on specific projects with complete traceability of wool to the farm source. A collection using Irish Wool will launch in AW 2020.  
  • Linen: biodegradable & renewable. Our Irish Linen is grown in Northern France, spun in Poland and designed, woven & finished in Donegal. Linen also uses considerably less water than cotton and grows on poor land. 
  • We also work with alpaca, cashmere, mohair and silk. All are biodegradable & renewable. 
  • We do on occasion use a small % of man-made fibres in our fabrics in order to enhance performance (e.g. stretch, added design).

Manufacturing 

  • All fabric is tested by third parties ICQ and Intertech to industry standards. 
  • Warping, weaving, and finishing of fabric is done in house, allowing for complete control and high standards ensured at all times. 
  • Within Magee Weaving, synthetic dyes are used to cater for a large colour palette. Reactive and acid dyes used on our fibres comply with EU standards.  Please note that natural dye alternatives require heavy metals to adhere to the fibre, which can be as harmful to the environment. We conclude that natural dyes are not necessarily a better alternative. 
  • Mild detergents are used, similar to those of domestic washing machine concentrations. 
  • Cardboard waste is re-cycled. We are researching recycled fibre merchants. 

Spring summer 2020, a focus on natural linens, wool and cashmere.

Energy

  • Magee 1866 purchases electricity from a Green energy provider (i.e. Hydro or wind), currently coming from the mainstream grid. 
  • Oil is used to generate heat in the absence of any other alternatives in our geographical region e.g. there is no natural gas pipe line Co. Donegal. Alternatives to fossil fuels are being urgently sought, costed and plans drawn to invest in solar power within the next 3 years. 
  • Local water is used in our production of cloth. Due to the fact that Donegal has a high volume and frequency of rainfall, (1600mm p.a.), this resource is not under pressure from a shortage.

Our latest collection is inspired by coastal escapes, both here in Ireland and abroad.

In the northwest of Ireland, summer months offer plenty of opportunities for long walks on the beach and weekend days spent sailing along the wild Atlantic coastline. However beautiful Ireland is, we are not always guaranteed with predictable sunny summer weather! A week in France or Spain in bright sunshine is often a welcome escape.

The new Spring Summer 2020 men’s collection is inspired by the idea of a beach in Europe, enjoying the spring and summer season to its fullest along the coast, heading abroad to weddings, and spending quiet weekends at home.

The Finn suit – made in Irish linen, designed and woven by Magee Weaving,
coordinated with an Irish linen grandfather style shirt, the Corlea.

Relaxed palettes of slate blue, duck egg, sage green and earthy brown across the collection are invigorated by bold accents of medallion yellow, azure, gold and peach. Texture is key for this season, with natural luxury fabrics like washed linen and slubbed silk forming the basis for the collection. Linen is a favourite for spring and summer, as its truly sustainable, requiring less water and land to create.

has a mixed reaction due to its tendency to crease but is a truly sustainable product (uses less water to grow, less land required to grow flax and it can be processed without chemicals) and we should embrace it! Irish linen is world renowned and this collection features this beautiful fabric in shirts, jackets, trousers and suits.

Magee 1866 have been designing and weaving fabric at their mill in County Donegal for over 150 years, and this season’s clothing collection brings these fabrics to life with smart, long-lasting and timeless design. 

All-new zip Malin sweatshirt with appliqué tweed ‘1866’

Hero pieces for men include casual colour-blocked knits with a Donegal fleck, and linen drawstring trousers, which can be paired with a linen jacket for the ultimate summer wedding suit. All-new pieces include 1866-branded sweatshirts and T-shirts, with genuine Donegal Tweed detailing. We have also stayed true to our 150 years of heritage with luxury lightweight wool blazers, tweed suits and a Cavan gilet in handwoven Donegal Tweed.

Our men’s designer, Fenella, names the handwoven Cavan gilet as one of her favourite pieces for the season: “This indulgent merlot-coloured herringbone is packed full of lavender, olive, rust, cobalt & mustard flecks. This season, we’ve introduced this special cloth into our popular Cavan Gilet design – a smart, functional & simple piece of versatile outerwear, which perfectly showcases the beauty in our own Weaving fabrics.”

Wool is the backbone of our weaving mill in Donegal, and an all-year round product certainly for the Irish and UK summers. SS20 highlights include our handwoven jackets and gilets, and women’s lightweight wool jackets.

For women, this season’s collection puts an emphasis on sustainable luxury wool, cashmere and cotton fibres.  It gives a knowing nod to the reappearance of 1970’s styling with exaggerated silhouettes, bold plain linens, and hints of glamourous glittering lurex. 

The Emma coat in cashmere & wool, woven in Donegal.

Hero pieces include the Emma coat in an exaggerated dusky pink and cream herringbone, made of luxuriously soft wool cashmere. The timeless Grace coat, with close-fitting princess seams and a flared waist, returns in eye-catching azure blue. The cropped Sadie jacket in navy and white silk is dappled with colours of orange, lemon, lime and pink.

The Grace coat in a contemporary blue salt & pepper tweed, designed and woven by us in Donegal. Styled with A Liberty print silk Darcy top and Sandy cropped chinos.

Each piece is designed and made with longevity in mind. Our main office and Weaving mill is based in Donegal, a beautiful part of the world, with rugged land and seascapes. We are all now increasingly aware of the damage we are doing to our natural surroundings, particularly in the clothing trade (the second biggest pollutant in the world after oil!). We all know we need to act fast for the future of our planet.

As a company, Magee 1866 have always focused on natural fibres, high quality fabrics and product, all made to stand the test of time. This ethos was part of our DNA long before the global drive to be more sustainable, through company practices and the natural qualities of our collection pieces. We are continually reviewing how we can improve our approach.

Magee 1866’s Spring/Summer2020 collection puts a focus on luxury fabrics designed and woven in Donegal.

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