Take a STANCE, and put your best FOOTPATROL forward and get ALIFE

Collaboration: 

noun

the action of working with someone to produce something

So, the dictionary definition of collaboration does not exactly give true justice to what we are about to talk about. At Sock Club London we prefer the Rei Kawakubo (she of Comme des Garcons fame) quote below, and it is definitely the one we live by when looking at our own collaborations.

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Collaborations have no meaning if 1+1 does not equal much more than 2"

Here 1+1+1 is most definitely a lot more than 3.

Leading London based footwear retailer Footpatrol has teamed up with NYC's directional streetwear brand ALIFE to produce a collaborative capsule collection of clothing. Featuring Tees, Hoodies and Jackets. As well as a few other trinkets that no discerning influencer and taste maker can be without; lighters, mugs and pin badges are all on offer. Two giants of the scene combining to make something very special.

However, what floats our boat at SCL HQ are of course the socks that have been made in association with STANCE Socks. Here STANCE have taken the classic ALIFE logo and the Footpatrol wording, thrown them in the air until they have collectively landed on the socks in an overlapping pattern, and affixed them with assistance from their tried and tested sublimation printing techniques.

The end result are pure out and out showstoppers, and a must have for everyones sock drawer. The only catch, you can't buy them. They are given away free with any purchase (in store only) of the collaboration products if you spend over 90 British Pounds. Not so much of a catch when you see the choice and quality on offer.

We also appreciate when companies and brands go above and beyond. No corners were cut on this one, and the collaboration also goes onto the packaging that the socks come in. See below for further images of this impressive effort.

You can see and read more about the total collaboration in the link below, and take yourself out on manouvers with an excursion onto the streets of Soho in London to grab a pair for yourself.

http://www.footpatrol.co.uk/blog/alife-footpatrol-capsule-collection


We'd also like to self proclaim this email title, and subject title, as the title of 2015. But then we are most definitely not modest, and unashamedly biased.

Watch out for our 2015 Ten Best Sock Collaborations piece as well, to see if these have made the list.


 

member 001 & member 002


FALKE RU ACHILLES Compression Running Socks Sock Mythology: Achilles, and how to recover if you shoot yourself in the foot.

In Greek mythology Achilles was a brave and formidable soldier. Unfortunately he shall be forever remembered in modern times for his one weakness. Legend states that Achilles was never defeated on the battlefield; instead his fatal blow was struck by Paris another Greek mythological figure, and not the fashionable capital of France. Although there is some synergy about one who once struck a blow, and several who often strike. Paris fired an arrow that hit Achilles in the only weak part of his body, just above his heel. This brave soldier and formidable soul was thus not remembered for his honourable deeds in combat, but for having poor choice in suitable attire.

 

We can’t help but think that a quality pair of heavyweight socks may also have gone some way to assist to deflect the blow. However, the story goes that the arrow was covered in the blood of the Hydra, which was supposedly toxic. We’ve yet to find a pair of socks that can both withstand an arrow strike and are also resistant to poison. And believe us we have tried. Which is also the reason you’ll find a large gap in the Sock Club London membership numbers in the mid to late 300’s. Fallen comrades, we salute you.


These days Achilles Heel is now a term used to apply to a person’s weakness. And an injury of the Achilles tendon is not uncommon, especially if someone has just started a new exercise regime. Which is why our good friends from German sock manufacturer Falke have released a pair of socks to assist. Their RU Achilles Compression socks are specifically designed to reduce Achilles tendon troubles. And according to Falke they are the first socks on the market to do this.


We decided to test these socks out for ourselves. The method we chose was running. We could find a bowman (he wasn’t French, but then no ones perfect) but toxic blood of a Hydra was in short supply in the Sock Club London store cupboards, so we took the easy way out.

The blurb from Falke is that these socks have three dimensional silicon pyramids positioned on the inside of the sock that massage the tissue on the side of the Achilles tendon. This in turn improves the blood circulation and speeds up the healing process, whilst also reducing irritation of the tendon. Sounds good, complicated, but good. Basically, it is like having a massage while you run.

When you first put them on there is some concern that you will feel the silicon and it would be noticeable and uncomfortable when you run. But our guinea pig, sorry, valued Sock Club London member; was happy to report that this was not the case. 

 

The socks were comfortable, in fact very comfortable. And as you would expect from Falke they also come in Left and Right options giving a truer fit. After just one run it’s hard for our intrepid Sock Club London reporter to say what the long-term improvements and support would be, but overall we were very impressed.

These socks are not cheap. Currently retailing for 27 of your British Pounds. But, if you are prone to issues with your Achilles, or returning to training from an Achilles injury we would definitely recommend these as a great addition to your sock drawer.

So, if you ever find yourself running in Paris, which these days with the Taxi strikes and the blocking of the Channel Tunnel could well be very likely, you could do a lot worse than run in these socks. Just watch out for heel strikes.

 

 

 

white socks

white socks... they're a hot topic and no mistake.

obviously we are strong believers in the #sixthruleofsockclub and we stick to our beliefs like:

a ) birds of a feather

b ) glue

c ) white on rice ( thank you urban dictionary )

 

we can just about stand for this photo

but aside from the odd pair of football socks, worn only with football shirt and shorts ( never forget your shorts when playing football ) we have to advise you to stay well clear of white socks.

 

seriously.

 

 


purple haze all in my brain...

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“Purple haze all in my brain,

Lately things don’t feel the same,

Acting funny but I don’t know why,

Excuse me whilst I kiss the sky.”

 

No, Sock Club London has not been putting anything in the coffee in the SCL offices. The lyrically astute and musically aware of you will recognize those lyrics from the Jimi Hendrix song ‘Purple Haze’. On record Jimi has stated that the inspiration for this song has been as diverse as other musicians lyrics, or books he was reading, to a young lady who was vying for his affections at the time  “Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me”. 

 

Jimi never went on record to say that the inspiration for the record was a strain of cannabis called Purple Haze, a potent type mostly of the sativa variety. Lets be honest, if he had gone on record with that revelation it would have definitely had a negative effect on the commerciality of the record at that time. However, if you don’t believe that there is any connection between recreational drug use and Jimi’s song, we would politely suggest that you must have been smoking something.

So, what has all this got to do with socks? We’re getting to that (no one can ever accuse us of being concise, having our heads in the clouds yes, being concise no). The fine people over at Sneaker Freaker, the magazine and online entity heralding from the country of Australia that does a stellar job covering the sneaker world and so much more besides, have teamed up with heritage running footwear brand Saucony (pronounced ‘Sock-a-knee’, tenuous link number one!) on a sneaker collaboration. 

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Previously back in 2012 Sneaker Freaker brought out the local relevantly titled ‘Bushwacker’, utilizing the Saucony GRID 9000. This time, and unlike Jimi they are not afraid to hide away from drug related references (the press release drops more weed references than Jimi dropped actual drugs, allegedly) they present the ‘Kushwacker’ on the Saucony GRID SD. The shoe features a blend of suede, mesh and also some 3M hits for those late night sessions, all on top of an overall purple haze colour theme.

 

So, what has this got to do with socks? Yes, yes we’re coming to that right now, we’re just experiencing some short-term memory loss for some unknown reason and struggling with our concentration. The good folks over at Burlington socks have decided to put in on this deal and delivered a limited sock. They have used their classic Clyde argyle pattern and mirrored the colours used on the shoe to deliver a complete match between shoe and cotton sock. To ram the theme home, in case anyone else was struggling with memory loss, Sneaker Freaker have also kindly pointed out on the tag that these are Dope Socks. Nicer and much more subtle than those all over leaf numbers from HUF (we’d politely suggest that these have had their day and need to go the same way as the 90’s Adihash T-Shirt) the socks are only available when purchasing the shoe from the Sneaker Freaker website.

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So, if you still want in on this deal it may be best to head over to ebay and hopefully not pay too much over the odds. Sock Club London tried and failed to source a pair, in order to get up close and of course for personal use only. We prefer to use our own images than the standard press ones, and to be honest images that also show a bit more of the sock. They missed a trick not showing an image of a rolled up sock.

 

So if you know a guy who knows a guy, then hook a member up. We would also like to try the Jimi Hendrix Experience for ourselves.

 

 

member 001

 

www.sneakerfreaker.com

 

www.burlington.com

men's health ? men's bad health

flicking through a copy of men's health magazine the other day ( don't ask )

we found three horrendous pages in quick succession.

in fact so despicable are the following three images that we advise the faint hearted of you to scroll down carefully...

( then again, for reasons of safety in the home / workplace and also good hygiene we always advocate taking care with one's scrolling, even at the best of times )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

er...

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first up and advertisement for dune london. come on dune london you're having a shocker.

you're advertising in men's health showing a distinct lack of socks ( and class )

it's not clever.

 

 

 

 

this is a dealbreaker too, some lad with nothing better to do than lounge around all day wearing white clothes on a wicker chair in a state of socklessness.

he's having a nightmare.

 

 

 

and finally...

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nsfw ? you're damned straight it's nsfw.

 

a man should always wear the appropriate socks in the workplace. non-sock wearing is an accident waiting to happen.

 

and the gentleman in the above photo appears to be a matter of seconds away from having an accident of some kind.

 

 

 

 

I was first made aware of the Burlington Sock brand in the late 80’s, early 90’s. Growing up in the leafy suburbs of South West London (well, leafy to some extent, the small parts that weren’t concrete, grey and covered in rubbish anyway). The look of the day for guys was a move on from the previous British style tribe of the Casuals. Gone were the Lois Cords, Farah trousers, the Tacchini, Ellesse and Fila Tracksuits, Gabicci sweats, Kappa T-Shirts, Benetton Rugby Shirts and Cecil Gees Gee 2 line of clothing. Gone also were neon socks (my brother favoured one orange one and one lime one) and gone were the Nike white tube socks, the ones with the two horizontal lines at the top running either side of the swoosh.

 

Replacing these were the new brands on the block, and worn with even more of a swagger; some coined this look as Rudeboy but for me this name existed far before this period in time. In my small corner of the world that was South London; it didn’t matter what the name was, it was our uniform. This wasn’t streetwear, as that word hadn’t yet been invented. This was when us Brits embraced a new breed of foreign brands for our clothing. We wore Chevignon leather bomber jackets (amazing leather and quality) or Togs Unlimited Puffas (Also by Chevignon, I sold my Togs Puffa Gilet so that I could afford to buy a Stone Island duffle coat. Stone Island, that’s a whole separate story right there). We wore Chipie chinos, loose and oversized and kept in place by our El Charro leather belts. On our feet we were split between the USA and Germany, we wore Air Max 1’s, 90’s and 180’s from Nike, and the Torsion range of Adidas trainers, with the ZX8000 OG colour being the standout one in mind that completed the look. There were obviously other options, Vikings and Clarks for a smarter look, and other sportswear brands such as Troop, stocked in niche London independent stores like Four Star General alongside Adidas clothing and trainers that you would only find in that one store in London or the holy grail of a visit (or more likely a relatives visit) to the US.

 

It was also at this time that I was first made aware of the pin roll.  We’d progressed from a simple turn up, to tucking our trousers into our socks to finally end in a state of trouser height altering nirvana on a turn fold and roll that if done correctly would hold in place all day (dependent upon thickness of the fabric and the skill of the ‘pin-roller’ in question).  One elevated guy in our group introduced the technique and from that point on we all fully embraced it. It was a much smarter and cleaner looking option than tucking trousers into socks. Why the need to pin roll, well because we wanted to show off our choice of trainers and also our choice of socks. And that choice for many others, and myself was the Burlington Argyle patterned sock. 

 

 

 

 

For probably around two full years I didn’t wear any other brand or style of sock. Not so shocking if you are from that era and location, as choice was not the greatest. In the most part the only other options were white terry toweling sport socks or a wide choice of plain black, plain grey or plain navy three pack socks from that bastion of British brands that is St. Michael; the house brand of Marks & Spencer.

 

I had Burlington Argyle socks across the whole colour spectrum. It was the first time that I considered the sock as an essential and considered part of the overall look and the need to match and blend the colour options of the whole outfit to complete the look.  The beauty with the Argyle pattern and its multi colour options was that you only had to get one colour match to blend with your footwear or outfit selection and you could use the other colours to pop the look. Whether cotton or wool, we weren’t so fussy on material choice, colour options being the only decisions to be made.

 

 

 

 

I, like my compatriots at the time, believed that Burlington Socks was a British brand. We didn’t ask, we just assumed. And we didn’t have the Internet to rely on to inform us otherwise. To my own shame and admission it was only until fairly recently that I found out that the origin of Burlington was further afield.

 

The origins of the Burlington Sock brand started back in the 1920’s, in Burlington, North Carolina in the USA. At this time the town was suffering due to closures of its textile plants. This was until a gentleman by the name of Spencer Love agreed to take up the offer from the Towns Fathers to revitalize the plants. On November 6th, 1923 a new company ‘Burlington Mills was chartered.

 

 

 

In 1935 the headquarters were moved to Greesnboro, North Carolina, so that they could be closer to the railway and have easier transport links to its operations in New York. The main business was the production of textile fabric. Cotton and Rayon. 

 

 

 

 

According to unsubstantiated reports, hosiery was added to the offer in 1938. 

 

 

 

 

Further unsubstantiated reports (there’s only so much you can find on the internet) inform us that Argyle socks were introduced in the 1970’s. However, this advert above is allegedly from 1958. 

 

The origin of the Argyle pattern is British. Stemming from the Tartan of Scotland. The diamond pattern is actually a Tartan by cut on the bias. Its first origins are from the Tartan of the Campbell Clan, led by the Duke of Argyll. It is made knitted flat using the intarsia technique. The diagonal stitches are either knitted in or embroidered on afterwards. The pattern was popular in Britain in the 1920’s, worn on the golf courses of Scotland. It was introduced to America by the then president of Brooks Brothers, John Clark Wood, who discovered this fabric while on a golf course on holiday in Scotland in the 1940’s.

 

 

 

As we can see from the 1979 advert above, sexism, alcohol and tobacco were all great props used in the selling of gentlemens socks in the 70’s. 

 

 

 

In 1985 the Burlington Clip, the name for the metal stud only seen on one sock, was introduced. Believed to be introduced to differentiate the Burlington brand from other inferior Argyle Sock producers. Argument still rages whether the Burlington Clip should be worn on the wearers inside or outside. Sock Club London doesn’t rule on this (same applies with the Stance sock embroidery, inspired or imitation?) and is left up to the wearers’ point of view. To carry on the controversy we took the lifestyle shots with both options. Knowing that we’d upset probably everyone in equal measure on this controversial point; no apologies, no regrets.

 

 

 

In 2003 Burlington Industries (a name changed occurred in 1955) was unfortunately in a less favourable position and went into bankruptcy; the assets were acquired by International Textile Group (who also, for you denim aficionados out there, acquired the Cone Mills Corporation in 2004).

 

In 2008 the German company Falke, they of the very impressive and premium hosiery brand of the same name, acquired the trademark rights to the Burlington Brand. They have successfully managed to uphold the original traditions of the Brand, and continue to deliver products of a premium quality that are innovative in design.

 

I’m less Rudeboy and more older man these days, the swagger is more internal than external, but some 25 years later, Burlingtons Argyle socks remain a part of my regular sock rotation and as such part of my sock game. From origins on the golf courses of Scotland, via the USA, back to Britain and South London in the 1980’s, now made in Germany and recognised globally, they are a true wardrobe staple and a timeless classic.

 

falke ergonomic sport system socks review

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after the success of the ru energizing running socks we decided to review another product from falke.

this time we tried the ru4 short socks.

we were of course very impressed by the words "limited edition" being on the packaging.

it's also a nice detail to have the sock size woven into the socks themselves and the one size leeway is a nice touch. no need to wear socks that are too baggy or stretch a pair that are too tight.

it's all about the comfort when you're running right ? 

well, not all about the comfort but comfort is a good starting point.

 

 

 

we like it when socks have a distinct left and right. that shows a bit of thought.

in fact the toe shape on these are falke patented... and they fit like a glove ( leave it )

we also like a union jack now and then.

 

white socks though... well, that's a hot topic and no mistake.

a topic we will touch on in future posts but for now let's ignore the colourway and concentrate on the technical merits of the socks in hand ( insert punchline here )

 

 

 

nice shape, good fit.

on a personal note i prefer my running socks to be shorter or longer. these are a bit of an odd length. but that's just my personal opinion. 

i love the use of grey for the sole, toes and heels. purely from an aesthetic point of view i think 

it's good not to have those areas in white.

 

 

 

once again i have to give these two thumbs up for comfort and performance. 

i know the easy or obvious option is to go with nike or another sports brand for running socks

but these really are top notch. all i would say is that perhaps they don't look as good as nike socks would with nike shoes.

having the word 'falke' on the heel of the sock just over where it says 'nike' on the heel tabs of the shoes... it's maybe not a great look. but is the look as important as the feel and performance ?

 

 

 

we are not being paid by falke, so i don't have to give them a good review. but what i want to do is give an honest review.

 

all in all i recommend these socks. yes i'd advise you to buy a pair and give them a try. for running and general gym wear they are very, very good. 

what i would say is... i'm not a fan of white socks.

today i'm going out sock shopping ( honestly ) and my mission is to buy some coloured running socks.

socks to match my running shoes or trainers as closely as possible.

 

i'll publish the results next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenmuir Socks. Pandas. Overrated or misunderstood? We’re about to find out.

These Glenmuir socks are pretty classic on the face of it.

 

 

Scottish heritage (in name).

 

 

Printed branding and mélange yarn in 3 sombre colours

 

 

Elasticated ribbed hem.

 

 

85% of these socks are made with a Bamboo Viscose yarn?

 

Bamboo yarn is naturally wicking, meaning it draws moisture away from the body, keeping your plates fresh and lively. It also grows faster and more economically than cotton, so these almonds are also good for the environment.

 

And those Panda’s are sitting around eating the stuff.

 

Panda’s are overrated.

 

 

 

 

falke sports socks ( a review of sorts )

here at sock club london we like to keep fit as much as the next man.

we often walk from coffee shop to sock shop ( no... not the actual sock shop. i mean a nice shop which sells socks like say... liberty or selfridges ) and onwards to another coffee shop.

that's a pretty decent keep fit routine, right ?

 

well that's member 002 thought until a few months ago when through no fault of his own, he was enrolled ( is that the word ? ) to run a 10k race in regent's park.

actually 'enrolled' is not the word... 'tricked' is the word.

 

naturally enough member 002 put in a lot of time thinking about what he would run in

( but not a lot of time practising running )

he designed himself a nice t-shirt, bought some camo ( of course ) shorts and a decent pair of running shoes but the thing which weighed on his mind right until two days before the race was

"what socks should i wear to run in ?"

 

the answer was "falke"

falke ergonomic sport system running socks with the promise of injury prevention and accelerated recovery process.

 

 

 

but were the socks any good i hear you ask...

 

well... member 002 has continued with this running lark.

the 10k pictured above was just the first of many runs. that was four months ago and do you know what ?

in all the many runs since, he has tried a number of different running socks from different brands,

but by far the best he has run in... by a mile in fact, are the falke ergonomic things pictured above.

 

seriously. seriously, you should give them a try. your legs and your feet will thank you.

 

so to recap... nice one falke !

 

now if only they made them in orange...

 

 

what ?

 

 

The 10 Best Sock Collaborations of 2014…

Christmas present lists, bucket lists, Brahms and Liszt  (cockney rhyming slang, in case you were wondering)

 All well and good, but we couldn’t end this year without compiling our top ten sock collaborations.

 

We must warn you, this is a completely and unashamedly biased list, based on what we believe are the best of the rest; with far more than just a nod to what we at Sock Club London have introduced in 2014. So, we hope you find this interesting, and remember no apologies, no regrets. Especially the self plugging part!

 

10 – HUF x Wu Tang Clan

Forget ya neck, protect your ankles with these numbers. Produced as part of a pack to celebrate the 20th anniversary of  Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. Featuring the Wu-Tang logo interspersed with the HUF plantlife leaf. Forget the chambers, these are so good you needed to stock up on 36 pairs.

 

 

 

 

9 – Happy Socks x Snoop Dogg

Continuing on the theme of socks and rappers, and no stranger to plantlife himself, Snoop Dogg collaborated with Happy Socks to celebrate the art of inspiration. Our favourites were these inspiring numbers, paying homage to Snoops favourite tipple. Any sock that has Gin & Juice on the toe will always make our list.

 

 

 

 

 

8 – Richer Poorer x Coachella

Coming back for a second year, American sock brand Richard Poorer collaborated with the Coachella festival for a desert inspired sock pack. Only available to purchase at the festival meant that these socks were a real badge of honour to own. Not dissimilar to a Hard Rock Café London t-shirt. Just a hell of a lot nicer.

 

 

 

 

7 – ICNY x Staple

Combining ICNY’s performance and 3M goodness with Jeff Staples eye for a great design; these two brands collaborated for the first time in 2014. Bringing a sock that incorporated ICNY’s signature 3M all over printing with a narrow lined cross. Making for a very clean, premium and stylish look. Which also delivered on performance. If you wear these socks, people will flock with you, for sure.

 

 

 

 

6 – Democratique Socks x Soulland

The stars aligned when Democratique Socks and Soulland got together to dream up these great looking socks. With an all over planet design woven in, these truly are not of this earth. The one colour of the pattern lifts it just enough to make this sock work really well. Great to aid your understanding of the universe too, is that Uranus?

 

 

 

 

5 – Nike x Patta

   

 

 

 

Streetwear power house from the lowlands of the North of Hollan, Patta, celebrated all things football with a collaboration pack with Nike. The release was anchored around the release of the Nike Tiempo 94 training shoe.  To coincide with some competition, where England were rubbish and Wales couldn’t even be bothered to turn up.  The Tiempo was real nice, the soccer shirt as well; but obviously for us the knock out piece were the socks. Unfortunately even the mighty Sock Club London could not get their hands on a pair.  Rarer than a sober tourist in Dam Square.

 

 

 

4 – Burlington Socks x Oi Polloi

When we started Sock Club London, all those many decades ago way back in 2014, we wanted to make sure that we were bringing product of a real premium level. We also wanted to ensure that the packaging the socks came in were an equal level. So when we saw this recent collaboration between the men’s fashion retail institution that is Oi Polloi and Burlington (more to come on then early next year), we truly had to raise our hats to this effort. The socks are great, but the packaging is genius. Well played gents.

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Sock Club London x Corgi Hosiery

 

 

OK, so we did warn you, onto the completely unbiased part. It’s no secret that we in the Club are partial to a bit of camo or two. So when we had the opportunity to work with Corgi Hosiery (more to come from this great brand too) we immediately went to their Camouflage pattern sock. We took their design, flipped the original cotton for a wool blend; and applied our own colour options.  The classic British woodland DPM, the warmer climate Desert DPM version, and introducing to the world our own SCL DPM Camo, with our club colours. We couldn’t have been happier with the results.

 

 

 

 

 

2 – Sock Club London x CHUP Socks

Made In Japan was our second collaborative release in 2014. We worked with The Superior Labor on a sock pouch and engineer bag. And when it came to choosing a sock brand there was no one else we wanted to work with than CHUP. They’re take on classic fair isle knits, produced on machines that can only make up to 25 socks per day,  has taken the sock world by storm over the last few years. These exclusive SCL numbers took CHUPS Fiddle design and flipped the script with our club colours. Resulting in a collection that we are very proud of.

 

 

 

 

 

1 – Sock Club London x Pantherella Socks

When we first sat down and talked about what we’d like to do as Sock Club London, we talked craft, passion, craftsmanship and a pride for local manufacturing. We desired that our first every collaborative sock would be made in England. With that in mind where else could we go than Pantherella. Making some of the finest socks known to man, or woman, from their Leicester base since 1937. We had so much fun with this project. Pushing the boundaries as to how far we could go. With colour choice, with embroidery, Make it bigger, make sure it’s on the ankle so it can be seen. We’re still not sure what the professionals of Pantherella made of us when we first talked through our designs. But thankfully they saw something in it and made these beautiful socks for us. This made in England collection also brought some other friends along. An amazing umbrella by Fox Umbrellas (simple some of the best people ever to work with) and the incredible handmade skills of the Globe Trotter staff who were so kind as to make a very limited run of the world first and only sock case. Thank you to all of you for kick starting Sock Club London with these great made in England products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a factory visit

in june this year, member 002 visited the chup factory in tokyo, japan.

 

where he was a big hit with the ladies.

 

the socks that these ladies knitted for us are now available in the shop section of our website...

 

while socks last...

 

 

 

 

member 001 and 002

the founder members of sock club london are known only by their numbers... 001 and 002

if you would like to put a face to the numbers... well, this is the best we can do.

message ends.

 

 

 

 

chup for sock club london

it's true... we are making some socks with the japanese legends of the ankle world, chup.

member 002 was out in tokyo in june finalising the designs for three ( count 'em ) colourways

of a very special collaboration.

 

just in case anybody out there thinks making socks is an easy business.


london's finest and tokyo's artisans coming together over some strong coffee to bring you

THE socks of 2014.

 

our signature colours, good comic timing and a cheap pen.

these will be available in a very limited edition, so keep an eye on our instagram feed for the release date announcement and treat yourself this season to the most limited edition chups on the market.

 

*member 001 advised me to insert a chup-based pun here.

when i think of one i will delete the previous line... and hopefully this one too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

umbrella

about a year ago, sock club member 002 was in tokyo.


when it rains in tokyo you notice that everybody has the same umbrella.

you leave them outside a shop or restaurant when you go in, then collect it again on the way out.

but they all look the same ( japanese umbrellas that is )


so member 002 decided to customise his umbrella with a sticker

hmmm he thought... a sock club umbrella... now there's an idea.



a year later and sock club london do indeed have their own device for protection from the rain... a collapsible circular canopy of material mounted on a central rod... ( umbrella is much too small a word )


instead of a sticker, it has the sock club london logo engraved onto the steel tip cup.

they were made in england for us by those fine people at fox umbrellas

the handle is covered in luxurious black leather, and hand stitched .

the stem is made from a hard wood and finished with a metal tip

and of course, each of the limited edition of 10 umbrellas is lined in orange.

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the limited edition sock club london umbrella is available now on our website for the bargain price of £149.

or if you're not a member already,, why not sign up for membership today and get 10% off the price of the umbrella straight away ?

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