We could not have been happier when McNutt of Donegal agreed to supply No. 35 Oak Lane with their gorgeous products. In early September Stephen and I headed to neighbouring Co Donegal and met with William McNutt, joint managing director. William give us a tour of the mill and told stories of days gone by. It was clear to see the passion and pride William has for his company and this love is clearly woven into every beautiful product.
This Irish business based in the picturesque Seaside village of Downings, Co. Donegal was set up over 60 years ago by Bill McNutt (William's father) after he studied textiles in Galashiels in Scotland. The company originally specialised in weaving Donegal Tweed and in the 1960's secured a contract with Aer Lingus, a very exciting and busy time for the company. As the business entered into the 1970's hand-weaving tweed was replaced in favour of power looms and it was at this time the Japanese designer Kenzo discovered the company. This new relationship with Kenzo changed the direction of the company and it was at this stage they started selling overseas.
60 years later and McNutt of Donegal is still standing. Changing with the times and keeping up with the trends they still lovingly produce traditional Donegal Tweed but with a modern twist. The colours available in their products are something else and they reflect the many shades of the Irish landscape from it's rugged coastline to it's rolling fields. The scarves and baby blankets available at No. 35 Oak Lane are made using the best quality wool and by the best of local craftsmanship and to quote McNutt of Donegal 'Nothing feels better'.