Fiona Jacket in Donegal Red
Collect from gallery £160
Including UK delivery £175
70% wool, 30% mixed fibres, dry clean only
Chest 57 x length centre back 68 x armpit to wrist 44 cm
A classic Fiona ladies’ jacket is based on the timeless shape of the original ‘car coat’. Handmade in Ireland, this unlined Herringbone piece is lightweight and versatile for everyday wear. Fastened with four mottled brown buttons and featuring two side-seam pockets, the deep, warm tones of this stylish jacket are perfect all year round.
The weaving of wool is rooted deep in the culture of Ireland and has remained essentially the same skilled craft from earliest times. Flourishing from the days of tribes and druids, through the great cultural renaissance of monastic learning, to today’s world of haute couture. It is handed down through families, such as the Branigans, like a sacred inheritance and nowhere is it more revered than in the environs of the ancient fortress city of Drogheda.
From as early as 3200BC, stone carvings and drawings at Newgrange Burial site, 5 miles from Drogheda town centre, depict intricate spirals and herringbones. This vivid imagery is captured in the unique woollen fabrics, knitwear and pottery handcrafted in the Boyne Valley region.
The rich, fertile area of the Boyne Valley, on the east coast of Ireland, is the ancestral home of the Branigan family weaving tradition. Now in its fourth generation, Branigan Weavers continue the tradition of weaving and producing woollen apparel and accessories from their mill in Drogheda, nestled along the banks of the River Boyne.
The townland of Drogheda was renowned for the production of textiles worldwide; from cotton towels, linen fabrics and now luxurious woollen cloths fashioned into contemporary styled Coats, Capes and accessories.
The deep history of the surrounding valley has inspired many of the modern design accents of the fabrics produced by the Branigans. Today, Branigan products are exported worldwide to specialty stores, department stores, mail-order companies and boutiques. From as far away as Japan and Australia to USA, UK and Europe.