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Donegal Tweed Irish Wool Pocket Square
This pocket square is made from 100% tweed in County Donegal, Ireland, in a small village where the Blue Stack Mountains meet the Atlantic Ocean.
The tweed is a blend of fleece from Australian, Scottish, Irish, English, Norwegian and New Zealand sheep, which are prized for the lower (and therefore softer) micron count of their wool fibers. The soft yarn is washed, dyed, blended, carded and spun in a factory less than 20 miles away from where the tweed itself is woven by a father and son team, whose family has been in the textile business since the 19th century.
Designers Joy Fu and Damien Hannigan re-connected to the long tradition of Irish linen production, and Donegal Tweed, after taking a trip to Damien’s hometown of Cootehill—a prominent market town in the Republic of Ireland. It was here that they looked out across a field that had once produced flax 60 years before, and felt inspired to unite with the town’s oldest, most sacred industry of Irish linen production. An industry that Damien believes will help form "a new image of Ireland in the coming decades."
There were challenges starting out, including limited resources, designing and promoting Irish-made products in a non-traditional manner, and the cost of production that could not allow them to compete with mass produced items. But by choosing to make small batches of their designs, Joy and Damien maintain complete control over the quality of each item.
In their approach to the things they make, Joy and Damien have one rule—to provide Irish Linen in as raw a state as possible to customers. This means Joy makes most of the designs herself, and certain items may be extremely limited, as they may come from an Irish cloth that's only available in small quantities.
Use & Care
The pocket square lets you add a touch of variation to your look without having to buy a whole new suit. It should also be dry cleaned or spot cleaned if dripped or dropped with food or other spills.
There are several options for folding your pocket square, and each style really depends on your intended look.
The Straight Fold
As simple as it goes—the result is a rectangle peeking out over the edge of your pocket. Here's how you get it:
- Lay your unfolded pocket square flat
- Bring the left side to the right side
- Bring the bottom towards the top but don't fold it all the way
- Fold the fabric in thirds
The One Corner Fold
Leaves a small peak of fabric coming out of your pocket. Here's how you get it:
- Lay pocket square flat like a diamond: one corner up, one corner down.
- Bring the bottom point to the top to create a triangle
- Bring left corner to the right, and the right to the left. You should end up with a long rectangle with a point at the top.
- Fold the bottom towards the top, but not all the way
- Place it in your suit. Adjust until you get the desired amount of point coming out of the pocket.
Read our References article on The Pocket Square for further folding tips
Production & Design
All linens at 31 Chapel Lane come from a number of mills throughout Northern Ireland. They're all located close to where Damien grew up, so he and Joy visit the mills quite regularly to search out fabrics for upcoming collections and collaborations. All tweeds are sourced from Molloy & Sons—a family run business—in Donegal County on the Northwest coast of Ireland.
All products are sewn by hand in Ireland, and most of them are handmade by Joy. The stages of 31 Chapel Lane's production process begin with the choosing of the color palette and tone for each collection, the selecting and testing of fabrics based on weight, color, potential and natural characteristics, and finally the production itself followed by quality testing.
- 13 inches x 6.5 inches
(33 cm x 16.5 cm)
- 6.5 inches square folded
100% Donegal Tweed (Irish Wool)
Dry or spot clean only
Also available in Irish Linen
Glen Check Irish Linen Pocket Square REFERENCES ARTICLE An article in our References library highlights tweed as "the lifeblood of Great Britain." Read more of the interview with Mike Donald.