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Inis Meain knitwear

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by JohnnyLaw, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. JohnnyLaw

    JohnnyLaw Senior member

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    Inis Meain gets the occasional mention around here but I think the brand deserves its own thread. From what I understand, they offer a wide range of knitwear in wool, cashmere and linen. Everything is made in Ireland and the quality is exceptional.

    The only online retailers I know of are My-wardrobe, Nitty Gritty, Hartford York and A Suitable Wardrobe, all of which have a very limited selection available through their webstores.

    I just picked up the "Raphoe" Donegal cardigan.

    [​IMG]

    Discuss.
     
  2. zissou

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    DId you get yours from Mywardrobe? They had a really nice 50% off sale, and I was tempted to buy the cream crewneck. But, I really wanted a rollneck. I just ordered the roll neck from Nitty Gritty and am patiently waiting for it to arrive. [​IMG] I'm pretty sure that the Aran sweaters that Axel's is selling are Inis Meain, but they are steep!
     
  3. JohnnyLaw

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    Yes, I bought it from My-wardrobe. 30% off. Compensated for shipping and duties.

    Nice Aran. Did you size up? The Raphoe runs a bit small so I sized up to a medium. I think a looser fit works well for that kind of chunky knit.
     
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    I went with a medium, which is my 'normal' size. Jet had measurements and it seemed like it would work. Looser fit on knits looks kinda dumb on me because I'm tall and thin, so I'm hoping this one is fairly fitted. Merino always stretches anyway...
     
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    Yes, I bought it from My-wardrobe. 30% off. Compensated for shipping and duties.

    Nice Aran. Did you size up? The Raphoe runs a bit small so I sized up to a medium. I think a looser fit works well for that kind of chunky knit.


    This cardigan is humongous according to what I was told.
     
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    There was recently a thread about another Irish Aran knitter, but it was more reasonably priced. Does anyone remember what it was?
     
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    They don't even make size S [​IMG]
     
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    This cardigan is humongous according to what I was told.

    The Raphoe isn't humongous. Here's how the M fits me (36" chest).

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    There was recently a thread about another Irish Aran knitter, but it was more reasonably priced. Does anyone remember what it was?

    Might have been Howlin by Morrison, but there are a bunch of more affordable options.

    They don't even make size S [​IMG]

    Nitty Gritty stocks some models in size S but they were made expressly for the shop.
     
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    Nice fit on the cardi! It'll be interesting to see how the M rollneck fits me- 39" chest. Although, like I said, knits always stretch a bit...
     
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    ^They just dropped the price on the two fair isles to 50%!
     
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    Typically Irish that you lot can pick up Inis Meain easier than I can here in Dublin. It's the same with Donegal tweeds and knits. I spend a fair bit of time in Donegal and the lack of marketing and pride in their products makes me despair.

    Me and the missus are heading to Inis Meain in May to stay in their suites and visit the factory shop. May as well kill two birds with the one stone -

    http://www.inismeain.com/en/restaurant/suites1-4.html
     
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    Inis Meain has been around for awhile, but it wasn't until recently that they've refocused the brand. What sets their sweaters apart from other makers is the quality of the wools and cottons they use. All of the knitwear is made there on the Inis Meain island, while the new clothing line is all made in Italy under an agreement with (iirc) Luciano Barbera.

    Me and the missus are heading to Inis Meain in May to stay in their suites and visit the factory shop. May as well kill two birds with the one stone -
    There's not too much else to do on that island! Assuming the weather's okay, it's a great place to relax for a couple of days.
     
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    Cheers Robin, that's very interesting about Barbera. Inis Meain are miles ahead of most Irish labels in terms of focus and marketing and have obviously decided that the indigenous market isn't worth the hassle.

    It's the quiet and solitude that I love about remote parts of the west, south west Donegal in particular, but I'm ashamed to say I've never been to the Aran Islands despite both my parents being from way out west. Plus it's lamb season when we're going.
     
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    ^They just dropped the price on the two fair isles to 50%!

    noticed this ... not bad
     
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    Barney's also stocks Inis Meain.

    Typically Irish that you lot can pick up Inis Meain easier than I can here in Dublin. It's the same with Donegal tweeds and knits. I spend a fair bit of time in Donegal and the lack of marketing and pride in their products makes me despair.


    Ha I was looking forward to visiting Magee of Donegal when I drove through there a couple years ago but when you go in all you see is high street standard merch. The bolts of tweed etc. were in another room and certainly not the highlight.
     
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    Ha I was looking forward to visiting Magee of Donegal when I drove through there a couple years ago but when you go in all you see is high street standard merch. The bolts of tweed etc. were in another room and certainly not the highlight.

    That Magee shop in Donegal town is particularly depressing. So much potential wasted. I'd love to get my hands on it like one of those retail makeover shows.

    Donegal tweed and Irish knitwear in general is in the same state that Harris tweed got itself into. That's why you have to admire what Inis Meain are doing.
     
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    Forgot to add earlier: Inis Meain now has a distributor in NYC and it will probably become easier to find their stuff stateside over the next year or two.
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] The Fedex guy was nice enough to stop by on a holiday this morning. This turtleneck is so incredibly warm and soft. At first, I was unsure about the neck because it is somewhat loose, but after putting it on, I'd say it's just perfect. So worth full retail from Nitty Gritty and more than makes up for sizing my Inverallan incorrectly.
     

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