Tootal scarves re-made

by Modculture 9 January, 2006

Tootal_new Well, it had to happen – I’m just surprised it took so long. The company that owns the Tootal brand has re-made Tootal scarves and they’re now hitting some of the smarter retailers (think Harvey Nichols) for a whopping £35 each!

I’ve yet to see one ‘in the flesh’, but I understand they’re silk (like the shiny ones, not the ‘rayon’ scarves) and have patterns based on original ones (a contact in a vintage shop had a team buy lots of old scarves to base the new patterns on). Pictured is a sample of one of the new patterns.

Have you seen the new range? Do you know the company that is behind the scarves? Have you bought one? Please let us know.

In the meantime, I’ll still be trying to source good quality vintage scarves, because, as we all know, original is best.

  • Neil Lee

    Is it me, or is it getting easier to be a mod? Whats the fun in buying a Tootal from Harvey Nicols? The real thrill came from finding a mint condition one for £3 in a retro shop.

  • No, it’s not you Neil, I agree. I spend about half my life trying to find records, clothes, books etc – most of which stay hard to find. I found a boxed “Rave of Carnaby Street” fitted shirt last week in a secondhand shop – get a bigger buzz from that than shelling out £120 on a Weller designed BS!

  • Rob Harwood

    I agree chaps. I’ve only half a dozen scarfs but i’ll be buggered if im to go in to harvey nichols and spend 35 notes when, as neil quite rightly pointed out, the real thrill comes from finding that mint condition tootal for £3 in a retro/charity shop!

  • Stuart Burley

    You’re absolutely right, it IS easier to dress as a mod these days (although it really cheeses me off to see the chavs walking around wearing parkas and targets).
    Back in the eighties – when I was the “right” age to be a mod, I had to trawl through the second hand shops and markets of camden and chelsea for original gear as no one was producing it (I still have nightmares about a dry cleaners pressing my prized three button jacket into a double breasted style the afternoon of an evening Prisoners gig..!!)
    Now one can pick up sixties/mod style gear absolutely everywhere, and I’m too old to wear it!!

  • Laura

    In response to your questions above the company who own the Tootal name and who have designed the new range is Morrison McConnell, based in Derbyshire. The range is taken from the archives that they hold. The range in the stores at the moment are silk but look out for a rayon version coming out soon! The ones in Harvet Nicks maybe very expensive but you can get them slightly cheaper on

  • Tim

    They are available from They have 3 different styles available but online buying is unavailable at the moment. The phone number for the Tootal agent is 01788 575800. They will point you in the right direction if your’e looking for an outlet

  • Fat Jim

    I’ve got vintage Tootal scarves and have just bought a new one. Theres no difference in quality. The new ones are only in a limited range but the colours do seem fresher and newer that the old ones. I think some of the comments about not wanting to buy new is just inverted snobbery. I never thought being a mod was about being in some exclusive club. Who gives a toss where people buy their Tootal from as long as they’re wearing it.

  • Annette

    looking for family history on tootal broadhurst & lee. my grandfather was fredrick john tootal from aprox mid 1800’s. any info appreciated.

  • Andy

    Hi Guys I have a store in chelmsford Essex and stock tootal. As with you guys i spent the early 80,s hunting out gems from shops which sadly do not exist anymore. I can confidently say the new scalfs are as good as the originals and have not been around someone elses sweaty neck. I sell these for £25, which if you think about it is probably the same as £3 was in the early 80,s. I also stock Baracuta Harringtons and a bit of merc. These should soon be on Cheers Andy

  • DerSenator

    They had a great selection at Selfridges last spring. I think I paid £35 each. Not cheap but much more reasonable than an equivalent item from Gucci, YSL etc.

  • ohn Todd

    I had given to me as a gift a Tootal scarf in the 1940.s after service in WW2. I emigrated to Canada in 1949 and have worn that same scarf through the cold winter months continuously up to the present day, The insignia Tootal still shines brightly on the scarf, and there is no doubt the scarf will outlast me, A truly wonderful product.

  • Tj Shepherd

    My mum has just given me one in perfect condition that is at least 45 years old. It is great and looks great too!

  • Erika

    I’m looking for a Tootal scarf, red with white polka dots, please let me know if you have one.

  • Sam Redgrave

    I was one of Tootal fabrics Designers back in the late 80’s early 90’s. I have been teaching for the past 15 yrs after moving down south. I am now designing again. I remember we printed on lawn and Poplin in India at Mafatlal…we pushed there creative side to the extreme and they produces excellent design which sold very well. We designed for John Lewis, Debenhams, M+S and it was an amazing time. We travelled to Paris and Lyon on buying trips which were a wonderful experience for a young designer at the time. Happy Days……….