Eric Musgrave

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My tweed suit from Magee 1866

This year the Irish weaver and clothing company Magee celebrates its 150th anniversary. Based in Donegal Town, County Donegal on the west coast of Ireland, the business – now styling itself Magee 1866 – has been controlled by the Temple family for more than 100 years.IMG_2629

One of my favourite suits is the three-piece made-to-measure tweed suit that Patrick Temple (a fourth-generation cloth enthusiast) organised for me, ably assisted by Jennifer McClay in the Personal Tailoring office in Donegal.

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Remarkably enough, we did all the measurements and ordering via email. Jennifer sent me a nice selection of cloths and linings and I went – predictably enough – for the boldest in each category.  IMG_2632

The joy of made-to-measure is getting a basic pattern slightly tweaked to fit one’s measurements. I love the pattern, colour and texture of the Magee-woven tweed, which weighs in at a cosy 500gms (17.6 ounces). It’s what I call a proper cloth and one best suited to a decidedly cool day.

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The multicoloured windowpane check and the grey ground allows lots of play with pattern and textures. In these pictures I am wearing a Drake’s cotton shirt and a Drake’s cashmere tie. The retail price for the suit is around £840. Highly recommended.

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