Why, on one of the hottest days of the year so far do I find myself wanting to write about socks? Snuggly, patterned, knee-high, knitted British socks?
Socks have been on my mind a lot recently.
Firstly because my under floor heating is off at this time of year, and there is nothing better than a pair of cashmere socks for keeping your feet warm whilst sitting at your computer typing.
And secondly, because I have been doing a lot of research into brands that make clothing and accessories in the UK, and there seems to be a lot of sock manufacturers out there. Really excellent sock manufacturers, making the sort of socks that are in demand all over the world.
According to an article I read in Drapers about the British sock manufacturer Pantherella last week, orders for their UK made hand-linked socks are up 25% on last year and the skilled workers that they need to make them are retiring faster than they can train new ones up. Their managing director, Andrew Cornish, was quoted as saying “Consumers don’t want 10 of one thing any more; they want one really good one,” or two in the case of a pair of socks!
As well as Patherella and the other traditional British sock makers Corgi, there are a few new additions to the British-made sock market.
The one brand that I was most surprised to find was Selina Scott’s Goat Socks; Yes, THE Selina Scott, the one off the telly.
Having rescued a herd of Angora goats from a farm in Scotland some years back, she took their mohair to a family run sock manufacturer in Leicester and Selina Scott’s Goat Socks became a fine contender in the luxury UK-made sock market. Easier to care for than cashmere (you can wash them at 40 degrees), but every bit as soft and snuggly, they are apparently selling better with softy Southerners, whilst Yorkshire folk have been less quick to get into them. Perfect for me in my London flat then.