Visit McNair Shirts at Burghley Game & Country Fair 2017

Viist McNair Shirts at Burghley Game & Country Fair, 28th–29th May, 2017.

We’re heading to Burghley, England’s finest Elizabethan House for a weekend of country pursuits.

You can try your hand at everything from falconry to archery, and there’s even a horseboarding spectacle (no, we hadn’t heard of horseboarding either… so we Googled it). There’ll be glorious food and drink too.

If it’s not too far away, come and see us. It’s a chance to meet-up and chat and try on our merino wool shirts, and new heavyweight PlasmaDry™ shirts.

McNair men's moleskin Field Shirt in olive green

Free worldwide shipping until 31st May 2017

McNair Men's Fell Shirt in Slawit blue

We’d like to mark the change in season across the world with a gesture of free worldwide shipping for all orders placed by 31st May 2017.

For our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, our merino shirts will promise to keep you warm as the nights draw in whilst the rest of us can make the most of the long days even if there’s an evening chill.

Simply enter HelloSpring at the checkout.

Everest at 53

Everest at 53

Jeff Smith, 53, is on his way up Mount Everest in a McNair Shirt. Jeff, if successful on his trip, will be the first person to summit with two false hips.

The aim of this journey is to inspire school children everywhere. Instead of fundraising for this trip, Jeff and his daughter Chloe decided to give their time and so have been to visit school children all over the UK. As Chloe explains “We want to prove to them that they should never ever give up on their dreams and aims in life, no matter how tough things get. Dad has given speeches across the country to over 3000 children and the responses have been incredible.”

This journey was going very smoothly, however two main sponsors pulled out just three months before Jeff was due to leave. Unsure if this trip was going to go ahead. Jeff was forced to practice what he was preaching and ‘never give up.’

“In less than three months over £20,000 was raised, however this is still not enough to cover the expenses of the trip (including; ropes, guides, tents, food, oxygen etc). Jeff’s guide has been extremely kind and allowed him to still go on the trip and has agreed to be paid upon Dad’s return.”

So to give Jeff a little help, no matter how small, follow the gofundme link below…

To follow Jeff and get the whole story take a look at:

Jeff Smith and his McNair Shirt on his Everest accent

Jeff Smith and his McNair Shirt on his Everest accent

Jeff Smith and his McNair Shirt on his Everest accent

Jeff Smith and his McNair Shirt on his Everest accent


Into the Arctic

‘Outsider’ Liz Seabrook is one of our favourite wanderers, frequently roaming both in Britain and abroad, whilst articulating her exploits through photography and journalism.

She’s very much part of the unplastic movement that is embracing natural fabrics for performance and helping to reduce the impact of outdoor gear on the environment we cherish so deeply.

Liz, and her McNair Shirt, are just back from shooting an adventurous expedition in Finland, deep in the Arctic Circle for Sidetracked magazine.

Liz reflected on her back to basics Arctic adventure…

“We stayed in a remote cabin in the woods at Totavaara, with no running water or electricity, we had wood-fired saunas every day, sat around wood burners, chatted a lot, saw skies full of stars, watched perfect snowflakes fall and even caught a burst of the Northern Lights, glowing green and dancing overhead.

My mountain shirt served me well, keeping the wind out as a top layer and minimising that horrible swish-swish sound that plastic jackets make as your arms swing by your sides. 

Very much in keeping with the McNair Shirts ethos, ‘Of nature, not against it’.

See more of Liz at:

Photographer Liz Seabrook pictured in Finland's Arctic Circle

Liz Seabrook wearing a McNair Mountain Shirt on a cross-country skiing expedition in Finland

Photographer Liz Seabrook wearing her McNair Mountain Shirt on a photo shoot in Finland.

Photographer Liz Seabrook in a McNair merino Mountain Shirt in Arctic Finland

Liz Seabrook in Finland


Meet your maker at the Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival

Meet your maker at the Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival

On Saturday 25th February we are once again pushing open the creaky old mill gates and opening the McNair Atelier to celebrate the Moonraking Festival. Held biannually, this is a very special day in Slawit’s calendar. Art, craft and food events will be taking place across the village from 1–6pm.

There will also be story telling, music and the Saturday finale starts just after 6pm with the beautiful lantern procession and the playing out of the legend of moonraking with fireworks too.

Come and join us to celebrate with food, drink and tunes from the talented Alana Clifford.

We’ll be sharing a secret on the day too.



Men's heavy weight merino mountain shirt in dark sage

New Flying Jackets for the RAF

RAF Snowboarding

We’re a little bit proud to have been chosen by the RAF Snowboard Team to make their competition shirts. They chose a bespoke colour that looks stunning.

They seem to have done rather well in them too. Taking all three podium places in the Boarder Cross competition as well as other positions during the Parallel Giant Slalom and Slope Style events. Congratulations from us all.

To find out more about the RAF Snowboard Team visit

Facebook: @RAFwintersports
Instagram: RAF_Snowboarding
Twitter: @RAFSnowboard

Photographs: Chris Thompson-Watts

RAF Snowboarding

RAF Snowboarding

McNair Shirts – RAF Snowboarding

McNair Shirts – RAF Snowboarding

RAF Snowboarding

McNair Shirts – RAF Snowboarding

McNair Shirts – RAF Snowboarding

McNair Shirts – RAF Snowboarding

Made Beautifully Here – Saturday 3rd December, 2016

Upper Mills in Slaithwaite once again opens those big creaky gates to host ‘Made Beautifully Here’ on Saturday 3rd December 2016. From 10.30am to 5.30pm, you’re invited you to come and browse world-class products and sample local delicacies.

The brass band will play, you can get slightly sizzled on mulled wine and a bit podged on fancy pastries. Dress for sunshine or snow!

We’re excited to have friends from other British companies join us. Khunu make lovely woollies out of Yak’s wool, Walsh Sports make trainers in Bolton and Trakke will be there explaining how they manufacture their unique range of bags. Anna-Lisa Smith, a West Yorkshire based weaver and designer who creates minimal, colorful merino woven throws & cushions for the home is joining us again.

Anna-Lisa Smith

Olicana Textiles, who supply Liberty of London amongst others, will be sharing their space with talented friends who make soft furnishings using their beautiful fabrics, all available to buy on the day.

You’ll be able to see where we make McNair Shirts, try them on and even get measured up for a bespoke shirt. We will also be launching some brave new colours.

McNair Womens Merino Fell Shirt in Heather

On the top floor Sgt. Smith will open their doors so you can get your hands on their fun range of kids T-shirts and gifts that are usually only available on-line. Also ceramics from Karen Howarth, glass by Louise Watson and prints from Dan Booth.

Ceramics by Karen Howarth

To keep your energy up there will be locally roasted coffee from Dark Woods Coffee, craft beer from Empire Brewing, fresh produce from The Green Valley Grocer and delicious snacks from the Handmade Bakery and charcuterie from The Cure.

The Handmade Bakery

For up to date information follow “Made Beautifully Here” on social media…

Facebook: /MadeBeautifullyHere
Twitter: @MadeProperHere
Instagram: @MadeBeautifullyHere

McNair at Chatsworth Country Fair, 2nd – 4th September


We often warn people before they try on a McNair Shirt that once you’ve put one on, it stops being, ‘will I, won’t I?’ and becomes, ‘sooner or later’. If you haven’t tried one on yet and Derbyshire doesn’t sound too far away, why not pop in and say hello at Chatsworth Country Fair from September 2nd – 4th.

The show is huge and there’s lots of happening country stuff going on. Everything from fly fishing to vintage vehicle displays, clay pigeons to horse driving. Mary Berry to the Red Arrows.

This could be the perfect time to find out why one of our testers described putting on a heavyweight merino shirt as ‘slipping into a cloud’. It’s also a chance to meet co-founder Neil McNair. There are rumours that his Mum is coming down to help, if so expect to hear… ‘You’ll no be wanting a discount will ye.’

You will also be able to see the new PlasmaDry™ range of moleskin and corduroy shirts that take beautiful natural fabrics and make them perfect for the inclement British weather.


There is such a thing as a free lunch

The Handmade Bakery, Slaithwaite

With more and more people wanting to call-in and see shirts being made in our home village of Slaithwaite we’ve decided that brave souls that seek us out and buy a shirt should be treated to a free lunch. Just below McNair, overlooking the canal is the truly excellent The Handmade Bakery.

You’ll need to book your appointment beforehand and if you combine it with a walk down the canal and maybe a trip to the neighbouring Empire microbrewery, based in the mill’s old boiler room and perhaps even a bit of the Pennine Way you’re looking at a grand day out.

The offer is available from 1st to 30th September 2016. To make a booking you can either email or telephone 01484 846666. We look forward to seeing you in Slawit.

The Handmade Bakery