Autumn Winter 2016 Shoot

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We were on location in Phoenix Park yesterday for our Autumn Winter 2016 shoot , it was a windy sunny day, the long locks were flying and our models were glad of their Aran Sweaters to keep out the cold.

Delighted to showcase our suppliers new styles, some traditional takes on the Aran and some very contemporary looks such as the cardigan on Roisin just above.

The Autumn Winter collection has some new really bold colours to brighten up your winter wardrobe, all made in Ireland using Merino Wool, a soft breathable luxurious wool.

We kept some classic styles of Aran Sweaters we are excited to launch our Donegal Hand Knit Arans online next month, as well as our Donegal hand loomed sweaters and machine made ones.

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It’s hard to believe we were only a mile or so from Dublin City Centre, Phoenix PArk is an oasis of calm , full of beautiful open green spaces and forrested areas , also lots of deer to be seen.

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We will also have our full kilt range coming online soon, we have to say our model Shane certainly wears this outfit well!

How to care for your Aran Sweater

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The best way to wash your Aran Sweater? Don’t wash it at all! Wool is full of natural oils and like our hair it is better off with the less washing the better. We are all so use to throwing our clothes in the wash after one wear , hitting the 40″ degree button and goand we have an idea what size they will be when they come out.

With wool , it needs care and attention. When you do wash your sweater, use a very mild detergent, we always suggest a generic shampoo and conditioner instead it’s much milder and it has a better chance of retaining some of the wool’s natural oils after washing.

Some Merino Wool labels state they are machine washable, use a cold wash on your machine in these circumstances.

I’ve only ever washed my wool scarves and do so in the bath, let them soak in tepid water with a bit of hair shampoo , wring out by hand and dry naturally on a towel over a table.

I’ve never washed my Aran, I use baby wipes to spot clean any marks, always wear a t-shirt underneath, I never want to change it’s look or feel.

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Any questions just email us at orders@donegalshop.ie

Irish Mens Kilts Made in Dublin

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Thanks to Cherish Photography for the image we got a huge response to this on our Facebook page recently and we can see why! Culturally the Kilt has it’s roots in Gaelic tradition worn in Scotland since the 16th Century and in Ireland from the 19th Century this traditional form of dress has now made it’s way to a more everyday .

Be it for weddings, special Celtic celebrations and a lot of musicians, we are delighted to stock 100% Irish Lambswool Kilts made here in Dublin by O’Neills.

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O’Neills a family business are based in the Temple Bar area of Dublin in Copper Alley the historic heart of Dublin’s old city dating back to the 16th Century Copper Alley was the centre of tailoring in Dublin for the Upper Classes and Gentry. They must be the only manufacturer left there now amongst Galleries, artisan bakers and cafes and of course pubs but that’s the new part of Temple Bar across the street, you should walk through this area in Dublin when visiting.

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We are also now delighted to stock Sporrans By Shyne Ltd. Oour favourite is the Celtic Leather Sporran above, for those going for the classic Kilt look. It is also extremely handy for wallets and phones!

Kilts are all a standard length of 58cm, it’s the waist measurement that denotes the size see our site for sizes and tartans available.

Royal Stewart and Blackwatch are the two most popular tartans, we have more in store email us with any enquiries at orders@donegalshop.ie

Summer Blitz Sale this weekend!

As we draw closer to the end of summer we will be having a massive summer blitz sale instore this weekend with up to 50% off some lines to make way for new Autumn Winter 16 ranges.IMG_6666

The one button Aran cardigan normally on sale for €79.99 will be reduced to €50 for this weekend only. It’s a way of us saying thank you to our loyal customers who keep returning to us over the last 21 years we have been in business.

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We will also have a range of Arans available in a range of colours for €50 this weekend.

 

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This men’s half zip in a limited range of sizes and colours will also be reduced to €50.

For our online customers, there will be an online sale on all products this weekend from Friday the 12th until the 14th just just the code PROMO at check out.  If you are in Dublin this weekend be sure to drop in and say hi we’ll be running promotions on the ground floor with lots of freebies and spot prizes!

 

Get your essential Festival Aran

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We’ve another month of summer and festivals to look forward to . What perfect piece for your summer wardrobe than the trusty Aran. We’ve been lucky with some beautiful days in Ireland this summer but they’ve been quickly followed by wind and rain!

The Aran provides the perfect warmth you need as the evenings draw in and you want that go to sweater or poncho you can wear over everything and keep warm.

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Teamed with a pair of distressed jeans it’s a great look and comfortable too, we’d be more into a pair of trainers than a pair of heels here though!

Electric Picnic will be on next month and we’ll be offering a festival special Aran for only €49.99 in our Dublin store.

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Denim and Aran you can’t beat that look! Any queries just email us orders@donegalshop.com

Arans are in Vogue

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Last Christmas we blogged about the fantastic British Vogue article that featured the ultimate Christmas sweater was in fact the Aran Sweater for it’s classic look and quality.

Well they have done it again and this August’s British Vogue features the very beautiful Academy Award Winning Actress Alicia Vikander in a chunky cable knit cardigan slung over her shoulders with a belt and it looks incredible.

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The Aran Sweater has featured heavily in British Vogue for the last few years . Vikander an accomplished Academy-Award winning actress best known for her role in the Danish Girl has a sultry chiseled look that shows off this piece wonderfully.

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Above American Vogue shoot the beautiful Kerry Countryside.

The Aran Sweater a classic forever.

 

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McNutts Woollen Mills

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William McNutts family have been looming high quality woollen products in Downings in County Donegal since 1953. All materials are sourced locally and local people are employed in the mill carrying on the skillful craft of hand looming to bring us beautiful throws and scarves we’ve been selling in store now for some time.

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We love their chunky heritage tweed range pictured above, it’s what we love about Donegal the smell of the tweeds, the art of the hand loom that produces these high quality throws that once you own you’ll have in your home to enjoy for many years to come.

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The Cherry Herringbone pictured above is one of our best sellers in store, a sturdy well wearing and durable throw and that splash of colour would brighten up any room!

Inspired by their beautiful surroundings of Donegal it’s not hard to see where the McNutts Woollen Mills get their inspiration from.

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Beautiful Donegal it’s a magical place.

Hatman Of Ireland

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Gerry Moran of Hatman Of Ireland started his business in Galway in early 2003 going out on his own after years in the hat making business. A man for great attention to detail each cap is finished to an extemely high standard using the finest of Donegal Tweeds made down in his studio in Galway.

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With his trademark fabric feather emblem it’s this and their high quality that make Hatman of Ireland such a good seller in store and online for us. It’s also a family affair for the Moran family with the next generation getting involved and we love nothing more than dealing with another Irish family business!

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Pictured are the Dubliner style of cap, we chose this for the online catalogue for the popularity , with a touring curved style peak and neat tight fit they look great and are extremely comfortable to wear suiting all head shapes.

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The end finish of one of our Dubliner Caps. Any queries just email us at orders@donegalshop.ie

 

 

Donegal Socks

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It might be summer but it’s a great time for getting out there and hill walking.  Favourite places of ours to go at this time of year are Glen Head and SLiebh Leigh Sea Cliffs in North West Donegal, with clear blue skies there is no better way to brush off the city cob webs than a long hike in the hills.

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Sleibh Leigh are The Highest Sea Cliffs in Ireland, higher than the Cliffs of Moher, people are becoming more away of them for their beauty and abundance of sea cliff walks including the famous “one man’s pass”.

There are also lovely places to stop off on way there such as the Rusty Mackerel Pub serving great sandwiches and drinks as well as Tí Linn Craft Shop and Tea House closer to the Cliffs.

It’s wonderful to chat to our American visitors in the store who are either on their way or returning from Donegal, our favourite county which thanks to The Wild Atlantic Way is now firmly fixed on the tourist trail on Ireland.

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Donegal Socks are made with pride in Glenties County Donegal, made using 80% Wool and 20% Polyester making them fully breathable and machine washable. In a host of vibrant colours of Kilcarra wool all sourced locally, we love selling this product and we are stocking up on supplies for the year ahead!

Any questions just email us at orders@donegalshop.com . Visit Dublin and Donegal this year you won’t be disappointed!!

 

 

 

Arans can be cool too!

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While we are enjoying a bit of a heat wave in Ireland this week, temperatures can not always be so reliable in Ireland. A walk on the beach can change dramatically when you are out of that sun. So while wool keeps you warm in the winter, it can also cool you down in summer. Merino Wool in particular can act as a temperature controller by aligning with the body’s natural temperature. Merino Wool can absorb moisture away from the body resulting in less perspiration and more cool!

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Our Super Soft Merino Wool range from Carraig Donn is a great example of this, providing great softness from it’s gentle Merino Wool fibres , keeping the heat in when it needs to and absorbing the bodies moisture when it need to do that too. Wool is pretty amazing fibre considering it literally breathes with you.

In  a practical manner it also absorbs odors ,making it the perfect garment for hill walking or the out doors. When customers in the shop ask us how to care for their sweaters we often tell them to “air” their sweater instead of washing, but when they do wash them to use cool water and a generic hair shampoo and conditioner and to dry flat on a table.

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The Aran Islanders wore their Aran Sweaters in every possible climate for it’s incredibly versatile qualities. Any questions on how to care for your Aran just email us at orders@donegalshop.ie