In praise of tweed

When I ran my vintage shop tweed jackets, coats and skirts were always best sellers; both the English makes like Bladen and of course Irish tweed from Donegal. They were popular for Goodwood Revival, the great Tweed Run (with vintage bicycles) and just for tweed lovers.

We are very lucky we have family in Donegal town so there’s always a visit to the famous MAGEE shop in the centre of town (The Diamond).

On our last visit a sale was in full swing so we swung in! Result – a pale grey cashmere poncho for me and a fabulous bluey grey tweed jacket for David.

What I love about Irish tweed is the colours which reflect the countryside – not just soft greens, browns and blues but heather hues and much brighter shades too (see my photo of a swatch of tweeds.)20170220_165426

My own tweed jacket is in fact from Boden, a modern tweed but in a lovely shade of burgundy with blues running through it. A real wardrobe staple!


If I’ve whetted my appetite I have men’s tweed jackets and a Miss Marple style skirt all going onto my Ebay shop by Friday at

Do you love tweed? It would be great to hear from you.