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G.Alfred...I think that was by the White lion ?..where the motorbikes could park.....I remember all of them except Heros.

In the 70s there was a shop on the Hippodrome side of the centre called Mr Zeus.

Stuckeys was at the top of Union street by the steps down to Fairfax street  ? the place to get your brogues resoled was down there by woolworths...( I always get mine done in St Nicholas market).

BTW I agree with what you said about suits,i prefer a centre vent and as I remember it that's what was worn around here.

Thats the place, dont think i ever went in, but something must have caught my eye in the window.

Hero's was on union street where you mention Stuckeys might have been, i always used the local ones, Kingswood, tater hill, i think Fosters menswear, took a few of there shops over.

Always got me shoes done in Tater hill, still do, same bloke, im taller now he's a bit fatter :D

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In the Ivy/Squire Shop the socks would be rolled up in baskets all different colours...One lad i got to know from a enemy mob once wore Pink... he pulled it off because he was smart and a hard cnut,biggrin.gif

I remember the socks displayed like that in the Squire shop, Roy. The thing is, though, I don't remember them in what we would call 'towelling' these days. I had a couple of pairs from there that I'm sure were thick, soft wool.
Edited by Man-of-Mystery - 9/15/13 at 9:22pm
post #14763 of 18720
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I remember the socks displayed like that in the Squire shop, Roy. The thing is, though, I don't remember them in what we would call 'towelling' these days. I has a couple of pairs from there that I'm sure were thick, soft wool.

Yes they was Paul.... they was good quality pure wool.....not like the towelling poly/cotton/wool mix from down the high st.

Nothing like the feel of good quality socks in leather shoes,smile.gif
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I've read through this topic but I still haven't grasped what a Tonic suit is it a type of fabric or a style? and what of these towelling socks can I get some pictorial examples?

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I've read through this topic but I still haven't grasped what a Tonic suit is it a type of fabric or a style? and what of these towelling socks can I get some pictorial examples?

Tonik is Kid Goat Mohair, suiting cloth, invented by Dormeuil in the 50s, Towelling socks are made with a loop stitch..giving greater comfort and wicking properties ....even today you can buy socks with a loop stitch on the inside of the sock.
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I've read through this topic but I still haven't grasped what a Tonic suit is it a type of fabric or a style? and what of these towelling socks can I get some pictorial examples?

Tonik is as Lasttye said-regarding Cloth.It also meant a Two-Tone 3 Ply Cloth(when you looked at the Cloth in one light,it would be Blue,slightly twist it and it would be Green).

I remember the thicker Wool Socks-my Feet would not take anything that had Poly in it(sweaty Feet I suppose).That is why most of my Shoes are Leather Soled.
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I've been given examples from hounds tooth to Donegal tweed, so its just a classic woolen suit with a very solid color? I still can't grasp the concept of the Towelling socks you'll have to forgive me.

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Originally Posted by Lasttye View Post

Tonik is Kid Goat Mohair, suiting cloth, invented by Dormeuil in the 50s, Towelling socks are made with a loop stitch..giving greater comfort and wicking properties ....even today you can buy socks with a loop stitch on the inside of the sock.

Tonik by Dormeuil is a patterned trade name and cannot be used by other cloth makers, back in the 60s most suits was not made of Dormeuil Tonik ...how other companies got around this Tonic without the K....Thats why people always seem to spell Tonic with a C.
Also Tonik does not have to be To Tone, it can be plain, or stripes..as my bottle green red pin stripe suit i had made in 70.
As i have said before i never saw many suits in to tone in the early days..maybe because they was popular with the black lads.....In saying that i did get a pair of to tone off the peg trousers from the Squire Shop.

In the end.. skinheads was getting suits from the market that was like a To Tone polyester material everything was getting cheap....and embarrassing.
Edited by Lasttye - 9/15/13 at 5:59am
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Tonik by Dormeuil is a patterned trade name and cannot be used by other cloth makers, back in the 60s most suits was not made of Dormeuil Tonik ...how other companies got around this Tonic without the K....Thats why people always seem to spell Tonic with a C.
Also Tonik does not have to be To Tone, it can be plain, or stripes..as my bottle green red pin stripe suit i had made in 70.
As i have said before i never saw many suits in to tone..maybe because they was popular with the black lads.....In saying that i did get a pair of to tone off the peg trousers from the Squire Shop.

In the end.. skinheads was getting suits from the market that was like a To Tone polyester material everything was getting cheap....and embarrassing.

 

I agree with Lasttye and browniecj on this...and yet part of the problem is/was kids ( then ) my age referring to everything two tone as "tonics" including the two tone Levi sta prest.....I still do it ( and I am wrong )..I posted the other day about "tonic" harringtons and raincoats, browniecj correctly replied  mentioning two tone harringtons and raincoats..

I think that lots of names get misused,Royals for any brogues....Oxfords when you mean toe caps.....that is one reason why this thread is so important and educational IMO.

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yes,last year there were no shows going on during our stay unfortunately btw, Nurnberg was where my wife was born .thanks

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 Towelling socks are made with a loop stitch..giving greater comfort and wicking properties ....even today you can buy socks with a loop stitch on the inside of the sock.

I've been using these Boots Socks by Smartwool for the past seven years.They have the internal loop construction .They aren't cheap at around $18/pr.

Just as good,if not better in my opinion are Costco  own label (Kirkland) Outdoor Trail Merino Wool Blend.They come in a 4 pack for around $20.Harder wearing and the best boot socks i've had to date.I think Costco is just in the US unfortunately,but you can get them via Ebay or Amazon.Highly recommend them !

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I've been using these Boots Socks by Smartwool for the past seven years.They have the internal loop construction .They aren't cheap at around $18/pr.
Just as good,if not better in my opinion are Costco  own label (Kirkland) Outdoor Trail Merino Wool Blend.They come in a 4 pack for around $20.Harder wearing and the best boot socks i've had to date.I think Costco is just in the US unfortunately,but you can get them via Ebay or Amazon.Highly recommend them !


Gsvs5 The socks that we are talking about had the towelling loop stitch also on the outside, its hilarious that we are talking about socks...biggrin.gif
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Gsvs5 The socks that we are talking about had the towelling loop stitch also on the outside, its hilarious that we are talking about socks...biggrin.gif

 

Yeah I know mate,we leave no stone un-turned .You can turn these inside out ! 

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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post
 

 

I agree with Lasttye and browniecj on this...and yet part of the problem is/was kids ( then ) my age referring to everything two tone as "tonics" including the two tone Levi sta prest.....I still do it ( and I am wrong )..I posted the other day about "tonic" harringtons and raincoats, browniecj correctly replied  mentioning two tone harringtons and raincoats..

I think that lots of names get misused,Royals for any brogues....Oxfords when you mean toe caps.....that is one reason why this thread is so important and educational IMO.

Everyone's guilty of this, Sellotape, Durex, Biro, etc

post #14775 of 18720
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Originally Posted by Lasttye View Post

Tonik by Dormeuil is a patterned trade name and cannot be used by other cloth makers, back in the 60s most suits was not made of Dormeuil Tonik ...how other companies got around this Tonic without the K....Thats why people always seem to spell Tonic with a C.
Also Tonik does not have to be To Tone, it can be plain, or stripes..as my bottle green red pin stripe suit i had made in 70.
As i have said before i never saw many suits in to tone in the early days..maybe because they was popular with the black lads.....In saying that i did get a pair of to tone off the peg trousers from the Squire Shop.

In the end.. skinheads was getting suits from the market that was like a To Tone polyester material everything was getting cheap....and embarrassing.

I do not believe other Companies used Tonik in their Name(because of the Dormeuil Brand).When you went into the Tailors you would ask for the 3 Ply Mohair Swatches.You had the plain colours but you would ask for Two Tone or Tonik(as the unofficial street name).The Tailor would know exactly what you meant.My OTP Mohair Trousers came from a Menswear shop in "The Cut",near Waterloo Station.You had to be quick because they sold out very quickly-especially on a Saturday(there would be one rail-keep the supply short,for more demand.Old Clothing Trick).At a Tenner a pop they were not cheap. smile.gif
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