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The Women Behind Magee 1866

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we asked the women behind the fifth-generation family business to share what inspires them and what matters to them most as women in business. Read on to be inspired…

Rosy Temple & Charlotte Temple, CEO and Creative Director of Magee 1866

On what matters most in business…

Rosy: Having a sense of purpose for the future and being open to challenging how things have been done in the past. From a day-to-day perspective, it’s about enjoyment in work and having a sense of community with the team. We spend so much time at work, it’s important that it’s not just viewed as an out and out slog!

Charlotte: Having integrity being decisive and having a sense of humility, I also think as women we can take ourselves very seriously in an effort to prove ourselves. Of course there are times for seriousness but I think its important to breathe, smile or laugh both when things are going well and also when we are facing challenges.

On what inspires…

Rosy: On the work side inspiration comes from a sense of place and the heritage our brand has in Donegal, we have a great story we can share as a brand, we are also keen to find ways to do business better on the environmental front. From the personal side I love the freedom of running up and down mountains and the clarity and headspace that brings as well as spending time in art galleries like the National Gallery of Ireland, Tate Britain, or The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and to feel the presence of centuries of creativity and expression that have stood the test of time. 

Charlotte: Nature and history and everything about wild places inspires, from mountains to the coast, the colours the space and the natural layers. I’m also inspired by history and love looking back at fashion over the last 100 years especially at the 1920s, 1930s and 1960s.

On what advice they would give their younger selves…

Rosy: To appreciate that it can take time to figure out what type of role and brand best suits you and to be brave and take risks in your career path.

Charlotte: You don’t have to have your career mapped out when you are very young, it can take time to find your niche and where you fit. Work hard, enjoy what you do and keep your mind open to new ideas.


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