Aran Woollen Mills now in stock

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Just in stock now and in time for Spring are some beautiful pieces of Aran Knitwear by The Aran Woollen Mills, a family business based in Westport County Mayo, not far from The Aran islands.

Set up the Hughes Family the business over 60 years the business is still family run today with Vincent at the helm of the manufacturing end of thing.

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Everything is made on site in their factory in Westport using high tech power looms with great attention to detail finishing each garment by hand maintaining the tradition of the Aran style of sweater on for more generations to come.

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We have been stocking Aran Woollen Mills products (formerly know as Carraig Donn Knitwear) since we opened in 1995 for their quality and style. They can keep the Aran sweater in it’s traditional form but take it to new levels with colour, style and fabric.

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Such as this beautiful Super Soft Pink Merino Wool Aran cardigan now in stock and online at http://www.thedonegalshop.com a stylish comfortable cosy cardigan and incredibly soft to the touch.ARANMILLS2017 333

They also do a fabulous range of home ware accessories such as a the Merino Wool Plait throw pictured above. Now who wouldn’t like to be sitting on an Irish Beach staring out to the sea maybe even catching a glimpse of the Aran Islands out to see on a clear warmish day, it’s Ireland after all! magic

 

Back to Basics: Merino Wool Aran Sweater

Guest blogger modestdeposits here and this week, I’m going back to the basics with this classic Irish Wool Aran Sweater. This beautiful piece deserves its moment in the spotlight, see for yourself –

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Think classic.

Think timeless.

Think this exact Aran Sweater.

Truly, my closet is not complete without this piece. Of course we all need our go to knit sweater; the one that you can wear casually, layer over or under other items, and dress up or down. Yes, this sweater satisfies the requirement of this universal staple that all men and women should have in their closet but it’s more than just that.

I love the simplicity of this sweater. It’s perfectly simplistic but only because it’s really not. As you begin to look closer, this sweater becomes anything but simple. Every single detail from the fit, structure, pattern, knit, yarn, material, collar, sleeves, etc. is planned and executed exceptionally. The sweater seems perfectly simple really, even I initially failed to notice these little details because you put this sweater on and it’s just right. It feels right. It looks right. It fits and falls on your body right. It’s easy because you know in all circumstances, in all styles, this sweater fulfills its purpose passing its test with flying colors.

Again, I have to give a shout out to this garment’s quality of wool. This sweater is not only made locally in County Kildare, but it is also 100% pure new Irish wool. This Aran sweater is exceptionally warm yet breathable and the Irish wool gives the garment a structured, shapely fall. I say this time and time again but you really don’t know this quality of wool exists until you experience it first-hand. This for me took moving to Ireland and wearing the locally sourced, 100% Irish made wool as seen in this sweater.

 

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Pictured above: Our lovely unisex Irish Wool Aran Sweater, in oatmeal color. Numerous other colors and sizes available in store.

From me to you, I wouldn’t go another season without having this gem in my closet. For inquiries or to place an order see our website here or email us at info@donegalshop.ie.

Just in Time for Christmas, The Irish Wool Scarf

It’s official, we’ve found the perfect last minute holiday gift for friends and family: our 100% Lambswool Scarves, woven locally here in Tippery, Ireland! For only 24.99, these scarves are perfect gifts for this Christmas season.

img_4389Blogger modestdeposits here and I will be purchasing a handful of these for my family and friends back at home in the United States. Here’s why I find these scarves to be the perfect Christmas gifts:

  1. These scarves make the perfect holiday gift for numerous reasons. The first reason being they are one size fits all. This means, you don’t have to worry about getting the wrong size or potentially offending someone if you do.
  2. The second reason we find these scarves to be the perfect holiday gift is their practicality. These scarves are practical because as a gift, these will be worn quite often. Due to the quality of the Irish wool, these scarves are breathable and proper in a range of different weather. Here in Ireland, these scarves can be worn about 75% of the year, in almost all seasons, and they are the perfect addition to almost any outfit. Plus, due to the quality of wool, these scarves are extremely durable and will last years and years.
  3. Another reason we love these scarves as gifts this Christmas is their timeless and classic style. You really can’t go wrong here. Whether you’re buying for your auntie, grandfather, or even 15 year old niece, these scarves appeal to both genders and all age groups. It makes these scarves as a gift, a sure win in the present gifting realm.
  4. Lastly, your friends and family will love receiving these scarves as gifts due to the high quality 100% Irish Lambswool. I’ve noticed it time and time again with the Irish wool sold here at The Donegal Shop, how overall pleasant the feel tends to be. Back in America where I’m from, you purchase wool and you always have to endure some kind of itchiness or irritation in order to reap the warmth and style benefits of wool. What I love about the products at The Donegal Shop is that all the wool is consistently soft and gentle on my extremely sensitive skin. You really can tell the quality of wool in these products and this is consistent even through these 100% Irish Lambswool Scarves. I wear them on my bare skin and only reap the benefits. I love, love, love them for this reason.

These scarves come in 20+ colors and styles in store as well as a handful of colors and styles online. See them here.

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Pictured above: our 100% Lambswool Scarf in White Black and Red. See it here.

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Pictured above: our 100% Lambswool Scarf in Camel/Black. See it here.

Check these scarves out on our website and feel free to email us with any inquiries at info@donegalshop.ie. Happy Holiday Shopping!

Why we’re in love with the Aran Funnel Neck Jacket

Guest blogger modestdeposits here and let me tell you, I am absolutely in love with this Aran jacket. I think this jacket has made me fall in love with Merino Wool. I mean look how lovely this garment is-

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First, I’m obsessed with the style of this jacket. It falls perfectly and has an effortless look to it. I get the impression that it’s quite universal in its fit as well, flattering all different body types. Plus, you get two completely different looks depending on how you zip the jacket. I’m also fond of the different styles of knit design featured on the jacket. It’s the subtle details like this and the buttons that make this jacket even better.

Second, I am officially in love with Merino Wool’s softness. This jacket is made of 100% Merino Wool made in Ireland and you can tell. The quality of this wool is unparalleled. I typically would associate wool with some kind of itchiness or scratchiness, but this Merino Wool lacks both these qualities and instead is incredibly soft. The wool in this jacket is touchable and my sensitive skin found it quite pleasant.

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Also, I will never get used to how warm Merino Wool is. It truly surprises me every time. I threw on this outfit on a chilly, windy 9°  C afternoon then proceeded to walk along the canal. My company was dressed in a heavy winter coat and gloves and then there was me, in my super cute jacket warm as a pug. I swear it’s not sorcery, it’s just the incredible capability of Merino Wool to keep one warm.

Any who, I’m excited to have this cozy piece in my closet this winter. I’m even thinking about gifting it to my loved ones.

This jacket comes in two colors, this dark green pictured above and a lovely light camel. See it here.

The Ultimate Holiday Sweater

Dear Aran Poncho,

All I want for Christmas is you.

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What’s a better wear this season than this sweater? We’re thinking whether snuggling by the fireplace, entertaining guests, or taking a stroll with the family, this sweater is the ultimate wear for this holiday season. Universal, simple, all while keeping you cozy and warm- this holiday season we’ll take two!

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Shop the look here!

Any questions, email us at orders@donegalshop.ie

How to style your classic Aran Sweater

Similar to the little black dress, the classic Aran Sweater is a must have staple in any Irish closet. With any good staple piece, comes versatility and the ability to be styled in numerous ways.

We’ve partnered with American/Dublin blogger, modestdeposits, in order to bring you our favorite ways to style your classic Aran Sweater:

Style 1: Classic wear

Keep it simple by partnering your Aran with your favorite pair of jeans. This look is timeless, easy, yet guaranteed to look great while keeping you oh so warm!

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 Style 2: Layer underneath

So you love your Aran Sweater, but you want to change it up a bit. Try adding layers underneath. We recommend layering a flowing tank underneath or even a classic button up with the collar peeking through the neckline.

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Style 3: Layer over

You can’t go wrong by partnering your Aran Sweater with a jean or leather jacket. We also love adding layers of jewelry to give yet another look for your classic Aran.

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Interested in other styling tips or wanting to purchase an Aran Sweater for yourself? Email us at orders@donegalshop.ie

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!