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At Magee 1866, we have been specialising in exquisite tailoring since the 1940’s. Our Made to Measure service combines our expert tailoring with our love of luxury fabrics.
Tailoring Then & Now 

A 5th generation Irish family business, Magee 1866 was founded on handwoven tweed over 150 years ago. The company started by sending fabric bunches to tailors throughout the UK and Ireland. In the mid-1940s Howard Temple (2nd generation) saw an increasing demand for ready-to-wear with a decline in the tailoring trade and started to manufacture tailored garments. 

Already known for our colourful Donegal Tweeds, moving to the finished garment was a natural progression. Our unique fabrics stood out from the industrial grey suiting that was the main product on the market. Magee 1866 thornproof suits and Donegal Tweed jackets stood the test of time and put us on the map for tailoring. The thornproof suit cost about 15 guineas, or £6 at the time. 

Building on this extensive history, tailoring is still at the heart of our business. Alongside this, and in line with how we dress today, we have expanded our offering and developed casual lifestyle collections. However, a beautifully tailored suit or jacket is still an essential piece for every wardrobe. 

Attention to detail – internally and externally – is key, with each component designed and made with care. Every piece plays a part. The elements you don’t see inside the garment are so important to how the jacket or trouser fits on the body and the linings, buttons, melton, piping, stitching, embroidery and of course, the main body fabric, bring the style together. 

The Made to Measure collection also offers a wide selection of design options – for example single or double-breasted jacket or waistcoat, the number and style of pockets and buttons, lapel width and design, single or double vent as well as side adjusters and hem details on trousers. 

Fabrics include our beautiful Donegal Tweeds – timeless Herringbones and Salt & Peppers, speckled with flecks of colour; classic pure new wool suiting in pinstripes, plains, checks and micro-designs; travel suiting with stretch and Irish Linens. 

Our design philosophy has always promoted the concept of ‘slow fashion’ through timeless collections, where pieces are designed to be worn time and time again. Sustainable fabric and high-quality, long-lasting products define our DNA.

The Process 

Our in store tailoring experts will take you through five short steps to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, be it for a wedding, special occasion, business suit or indeed a smart blazer. 

1. The Fit

Get the perfect fit. Your suit is made from scratch to your measurements, based on two tailoring blocks – classic or tailored. Our in store tailoring experts will work off the best block for you and make the necessary adjustments to ensure you have a perfectly fitting garment. 

2. The Cloth 

Select your fabric. Choose from dozens of fabrics, many of which are designed and woven at our mill in Donegal. 

3. The Details 

Select the finer details. Choose from our extensive collection of linings, buttons, threads, collars, meltons and piping. Select from a variety of styling details. This is the stage where you can really make your mark. 

4. Finishing Touches 

Personalise it. Add the finishing touches to your suit or jacket with personalised embroidery. 

5. Delivery 

Ready to wear. Your order will take six weeks to arrive from the date of order and can be collected from our stores or delivered direct to your door.  

Make an Appointment 

Our Made to Measure service is available from Magee of Donegal, Magee of South Anne Street and Magee at Arnotts (Dublin). In addition, the service is available across selected stockists in the UK and Ireland. 

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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