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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

SHOPPING: Socks and Knitted Ties

In Italy the term ‘mezza calza’, literally – ‘half sock’ – is derogatory and is used about people who are considered vulgar. ‘Half a sock’ is what most Northern European men wear and as a result they show hairy expanses of leg, or startlingly white flesh – yuck! 
Socks that reach the knee you can get in Britain but rarely, if ever, in cotton.
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So… when in Italy look out for Schostal - schostalroma.com - Gallo sockstheartofgallo.com – and also Gallo do the best knitted ties (see my post of 14 November 2014)


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