Originally Posted by Slickman
What is this obsession with tonik? Its not as good as the old stuff, and there are so many better warm-weather alternatives out there such as tropicals and frescos. Mohair also tends to be shiny, something I rather avoid.
agree with you that the old stuff was completely different and i prefer it, it hangs like iron and has a beautiful drape. but others may prefer the lighter and smoother looking new stuff. i guess part of the obsession with tonik was its history as a legendary cloth for mods and other cool Brits like Caine in Get Carter, but it was a really great cloth. It might have been the original, but there were other good 3ply mohairs back in the day, like Lesser's Lesslon or Scabal's Titan.
disagree that tropicals or frescos are better alternatives, just different. fresco is more rustic in appearance, mohair is sharper, i like both. both are fairly light weight, open weave for good air circulation and both hardly wrinkle. good mohair may have a shine, but it is usually not too shiny and anyway that is part of the appeal, i find it sharp. both mohair and fresco are better than tropicals for warm weather, for the reason already stated, open weave and minimal wrinkles. but if you hate the shine of mohair i can see using tropicals instead, especially in conservative environments. also the patterns for mohair and fresco is pretty limited. with tropicals options are endless.