Inis Meáin reworks the donkey jacket as a knit

The workwear of local Irish fishermen inspired a merino-wool Storm jacket

Inis Meáin merino-wool Storm jacket, €520
Inis Meáin merino-wool Storm jacket, €520

Knitted outerwear may be a current trend, but some brands have been producing fine examples for years – such as Inis Meáin, a label founded in 1976 that weaves its knitwear on the Irish island of the same name. The heavyweight merino-wool Storm jacket (€520) uses a ribbed stitch to define its distinctive funnel neck, and the inspiration for the shoulder panels comes from the knitted workwear of local fishermen. “Remember the donkey jacket with vinyl shoulder pads that every builder’s labourer wore in the 1970s?” asks label co-founder Tarlach de Blácam. “This is a luxury version of that, with the shoulder pads replaced by knitted panels.”

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