It’s not so long ago that buying a nice 1960s style scarf meant hunting around charity shops for the least smelly Tootal you could get your hands on.
Nowadays, it’s much easier to get your hands on a quality, authentic but unworn mod-inspired scarf. The digital age and all that. And up there with the very best of what’s available are the fine scarves crafted by Nicholson and Walcot.
There’s a full range available at nicholsonandwalcot.co.uk, but we’ve picked out this Prince of Wales check scarf, which is our favourite.
It’s made from a lovely check wool fabric, with a polyester reverse. The styling owes much to the likes of the aforementioned Tootal, but for quality and looks I’d put this above that brand’s recent reissues.
The team behind Nicholson and Walcot are from craft-making families and this heritage is put to good use with the products they now offer.
After many years making scarves for family and friends on the mod and 1960s scene, they’ve used that knowledge and expertise to produce an authentic look. Word has spread very quickly and the scarves on now in big demand – and it’s easy to see why.
Around 50% of the materials used are recycled, with scraps of fabric bought at charity shops, jumble sales teamed up with antique fabrics collected over the years to produce a unique and self-designed range.
Everything made under the name of Nicholson and Walcot is handmade, with orders for their bespoke scarves coming in from the likes of Paul Weller, actors Martin Freeman and Johnny Harris, Kevin Rowland from Dexys, writer Paolo Hewitt and DJ and broadcaster Gary Crowley.