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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Distinguished Member

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    Alan, is that you at the top? The bottom two are me at 18. You must have been the long-lost younger brother I never knew I had!
     


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    Man-of-Mystery Distinguished Member

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    My dad used to wear a dark grey suit for work (Civil Service), a 'best suit' for going out, and 'sports jacket and flannels' for leisure. That was how it was for his generation.
     


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    I have some Hawkins 'DM' Astronauts. Not a very exciting colour, and basic shape, fairly common.
    Bought them 2 years ago NEW without box. But I love em.

    The quality of the leather is far superior to modern day equivalants. And very comfortable.

    Am I correct in thinking the Hawkins factory was in Northampton and closed in the early 1990's ?

    [​IMG]
     


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    I bet they'd be really toasty on your feet though.
     


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    Was? No, it still is in Northampton, it hasn't moved. It's vacant though. It did close in the 90s. I saw Hawkins shoes on sale in the Doc Marten's shop in Stockholm as recently as 5 years ago That said, those I saw could be NOS, or it is possible they were made somewhere else & used the Hawkins name under licence.
     
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    Add another... but it's the correct way.

    Parents should always be first - natural order.

    FTR: I was 18 before getting my first bespoke 'whistle'... it was gash! :censored:
     


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    Talking about suits at an early age.
    How many kids nowadays own a suit by the time they're 10? Not many. I had my first suit for my Confirmation when I was about 10, navy it was.
    My first adult suit was a double breasted POW with turnups.
    Even teenagers and young men, most men nowadays don't seem to own suits at all, and don't seem to buy a suit until they suddenly need one for an event of some sort.
     


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    Thank God... I thought it was me who had lost it.

    They just look 'wrong'. Like someone trying too hard - and overdoing it.

    My 'tonik' - read 'all' - suits were off-the-peg... I was an apprentice, earning £5-18s-2d + OT. But I was a standard size so my clobber (o-t-p), used to look okay.

    Add to that that my mother was pretty nifty with the old Singer sewing machine, meant I was sorted.

    I've used this place a couple of times in recent years: http://www.schultzlife.com/men/

    but I reckon my next big buy will be wooden. (ROFL) (Not planning on it being too soon, though.) :satisfied:
     
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  9. Man-of-Mystery

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    (STILL not sending me reminders! :brick: )
     


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    GROAN! :D
     


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    he is.. just scroll some pages back.. ;)
     


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    tattoos? here we go.. ;)
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    yeah got two pairs of hawkins astronauts shoes too...

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    hawkins sold their name to japan and they only doin shitty boots nowadays...
    http://hawkins.shopping-search.jp/search?key=ワークブーツ
     


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    While we're on the subject of Marten shoes (Dr Marten and Hawkins, and I suppose Tredair, Solovair etc), what's everyone's earliest memories of seeing these for sale?
     


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