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Any connoisseur of vintage fashion knows that socks aren’t like they used to be – basically elastic was invented and at some point people started expecting that a sock would stay where you put it, and often this is true, especially with shorter styles. Unfortunately, this expectation can also be a little problematic, as gravity hasn’t really gone anywhere and not all socks are going to stay put on all legs. That’s okay though, because the original solution to the age-old gravity problem is still stylish — so stylish in fact that you might find yourself making use of it for purely decorative reasons. We’re talking garters, here.
3/4″ Elastic Buckle Garters in classic black.
You may be familiar with the Sock Dreams line of garters, which we’ve carried and loved for years. With two styles of clips, as well as clipless styles in various colors, stripes and even a vegan option, we thought we had garters pretty well covered. You can imagine, then, that we were surprised, yet ever-so pleased to discover just how wrong we were!
We adore the fawn brown that the 3/4″ Buckle Garters come in!
When Laura Lee of Revivall Clothing approached us with her garters, we were really impressed with the photos, and even more so with the sample she sent us. There’s a lot to love about these little guys – they’re hand sewn in the USA, using upcycled leather, and in addition to three neutral colors of elastic, they come in some less traditional metallic elastics that we love! The real selling point is that adorable little functioning buckle, though. It adds an even greater degree of comfort and adjustability to the garter than the elastic slider of our house styles. They can also be adjusted down small enough to keep socks up on calves that are too small for our Sock Dreams clipped garter styles (the Simply Adjustables, on the other hand can get small enough to be worn as an arm band)!
There’s just something really satisfying about grey leather on grey elastic.
This is Laura Lee’s third consecutive year to be named Best Clothing Designer for Eugene, OR, and we can see why! Her styles have a rustic and rugged country aesthetic, paired with thoughtful design and polished execution. We think it’s the perfect juxtaposition of contemporary craft with a pioneer spirit! Just last month on instagram we watched this entrepreneur build an upcycled vending booth from old pallets, and have grown ever more impressed with her ingenuity and style. She’s going to be vending at San Fransisco Bazaar, Kate Wolf Music Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Pickathon, and North Country Fair in Arcata this year, so be sure to stop by her booth if you happen to find yourself at any of those events!
1″ Metallic Elastic Buckle Garters in red — adjustable enough to fit a great range of calves and thighs!
Impeccable quality and style aside, the fact that she chooses to use materials that would otherwise go to waste is very much in keeping with our own company’s agenda of minimizing our ecological footprint. Laura Lee started using upcycled materials when she was working for a designer in New York City, “We had 2 production houses in our building and I would witness how much fabric was thrown away, so I started pilfering the dumpsters and making things from the scrap fabric,” she explains. “Then, I went to New Orleans for 9 months after Katrina and helped organize a disaster relief kitchen and donation center. After a few months, I had to get creative again and started sewing in a blue tent with a pallet floor, using excess donated materials from the distribution center.”
The Metallic Elastic Buckle Garters in silver have a shine like no other! A perfect pairing of retro design, with futuristic materials!
While the leather used for the Revivall Clothing garters that we carry is upcycled, the hardware and elastic are new, and sourced from US based manufacturers. You might have noticed that all of our house brand items (DreaM Stockings, Dreamer Socks and Sock Dreams) are also sourced in the USA, so it should come as no surprise that we’re really into that part of Revivall’s ideology, too!
We think that Revivall Clothing’s garters perfectly encapsulate our love of combining the old with the new. After all, the challenges of gravity may be timeless, but luckily so are garters.
If you watched The View Thursday morning (today!), than this is old news for you. But if you happened to miss it, we have some BIG news. Are you sitting down dreamers? Because it is finally time to unveil our latest sock venture. Sock Dreams proudly presents (drum roll, please) Whoopi’s Socks! That’s right; Sock Dreams has teamed up with none other than the fun and fabulous sock-lover extraordinaire, Whoopi Goldberg. Together, we bring you three gorgeous styles, all designed, made & printed in the USA.
Whoopi loves gnomes as much as (and maybe a little more than) any of us; she has gnomes of many varieties in her garden at home. Our artist worked hard to capture Whoopi’s likeness as a nature-loving spirit, lounging among the foliage with her little foxy friends in the Whoopi Gnomes Midcalf.
The Boy Who Drew Cats is an old Japanese fairy tale that captured Whoopi’s imagination. In the early stages of designing socks, she told us the tale over the phone and it resonated with everyone here. In the story, a young boy is sent from his family farm to study to become a priest but is sent away for drawing cats everywhere—on scrolls, on the walls, on every blank space he could find. He eventually ends up at an abandoned temple where he again covers every available surface with his feline friends, and then, tired from travelling and drawing, goes to sleep in a cupboard. In the night he is awoken to the sounds of fearsome battle, and the next morning emerges from his cupboard to find a great goblin rat has been defeated… by his cat drawings come to life! His talent for drawing, which seemed like an idle waste of time to those around him, saved both himself and the nearby town from the goblin rat’s reign of terror. We think anyone who has been told their dream isn’t worth pursuing can identify with this story.
Here There Be Monsters takes inspiration from Whoopi’s love of old maps, specifically the Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus. Drawn in the early 16th century, it was the first more-or-less accurate map of the Nordic countries, and jump started a long history of Swedish cartography. Today it inspires young and old alike with its depictions of fearsome beasts and fanciful creatures. Because this map would have been purchased in black and white the map’s owner was free to color it as they desired, so we are offering two beautiful color schemes to choose from.
Pretty cool, right? The socks are available exclusively through us and come with the minimal 100% recycled packaging you’ve come to expect from Sock Dreams products. We hope that you are as delighted by these new designs as we are!
Zkano is the creation of second generation sock maker Gina Locklear. In 1991, Gina’s parents opened up their sock knitting mill in Fort Payne, AL at a time when a huge percentage of the country’s socks originated from there. These days, Emi-G Knitting (named after Gina and her sister) is one of only a few knitting mills left in the city.
When Gina grew up she merged her passion for environmentally sustainable living with the family trade to create socks that are beautiful and organic. Each aspect of sock creation is done on-site including design, knitting, seaming, and packaging. Zkano socks are “produced in small batches with certified organic cotton, low-impact dyes and minimal packaging to leave a light footprint while ensuring the highest quality fit and comfort,” exactly to Gina’s specifications. How Dreamy!
The Mara Over the Calf features fun stripes and color blocking, adding a unique look to any outfit!
Sunnie Slouch Stripe Midcalf has a comfy roll-top cuff that slides down the ankle for the perfect care-free scrunchy look!
For a more classic look, we also carry their Annabel Striped Knee High which have the perfect skinny stripes and wide cuff to make anyone’s toes happy.
If you’d like to learn more about the Zkano story, and take a peek inside the family business, check out the video below!
Dreamers Dara and Kori fell deeply in love with Waves of Grain Bakery nearly a decade ago, back when it was tucked away in Cannon Beach, one of the best vacation spots here in scenic Oregon. So you can imagine how excited they were when they discovered that WOG (as it has come to be known by their loyal fans) was opening up a brand new bakery here in Portland! Not only were they bringing they’re scrumptious cookies, biscuits and pastries to our home town, but they were finally offering a full brunch menu, all day, every day!
Once the small, family business finally opened their doors on East Burnside last Spring (just west of 28th Avenue’s “Foodie Row”), we Dreamers were quickly converted into WOG fanatics ourselves, with the help of many special employee treats provided by our generous Officers. Their cookies, OMG, their cookies!!!
This week we decided to support our favorite bakery by holding one of our weekly PR meetings there, and since we happen to have a photographer on the team, we felt compelled to photograph some of the amazing treats they offer. As it turns out, socks and baked goods (and coffee, and brunch!) go together better than you might think!
And speaking of coffee, did we mention that Waves of Grain happens to make the best latte in town, in our humble opinions? Heck, some of our opinions aren’t even all that humble — our biggest coffee snob travels out of her way every morning for that latte, brewed with Portland’s own Coava Coffee.
Over the past year, our two businesses have become besties, so it was heartbreaking to hear that this rustic mom-and-pop shop was having a hard time breaking through in the heavily saturated Portland foodie scene. There is just no reason why this little gem isn’t on the lips (and in the tummies) of every Portlander, their food is just so good!
Since May has been deemed Waves of Grain Bakery Awareness Month, we’re doing what we can to save our favourite brunch spot, because we’d just die without them! So, if you’re here in the Portland area, go to Waves of Grain Bakery this month for some uber tasty goodies and help spread the Wave! Let the counter service know that Sock Dreams sent you, and you’ll even get an exclusive SD coupon that you can use at our Sellwood Shop to beef up your sock drawers!
Maybe you’ve already read our latest Dreamer Dispatch, but in case you haven’t signed up yet, we just received word that Lefty, a sock who went missing and was presumed taken by gremlins or else sucked into the sock vortex, has actually be gallivanting about the globe this entire time. Rather selfish of him to leave us in the lurch like that, don’t you think? Ah well, we can’t stay too angry at a sock for living his dreams…
Lefty didn’t have to go too far to get to his first destination – the Anisazi dwellings are just over in Colorado – not far from his home here in Oregon!
We did, however, have a stern word with him about keeping in touch during his travels. There might have been a certain amount of accusatory finger waggling, and phrases such as, “Don’t you ever do that to us again, we’ve been worried sick, do you have any idea what you’ve put poor Righty through?! ” may or may not have been spoken. Lefty agrees that his behavior during this time has been deplorable, and so has made a concerted effort to keep us informed of his whereabouts. We know you were all worried too, so we wanted to share the postcards that have been arriving from attractions around the world!
Going south, Lefty found his way to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. He looks appropriately impressed.
In fact we liked some of Lefty’s postcards so much that we decided to make them into printable PDFs for you, in case you want to get some vicarious kicks while keeping in touch with your own friends and family!
Oooh! Aaah! Lefty joins the crowds admiring the Taj Mahal in India.
Most importantly, though, we’re having our longest Lost Sock Memorial Day Sale in Sock Dreams history! We’re doing a whole weekend! From 12:01 AM (PST) on Friday the 8th until 11:59 PM on Sunday the 10th, everything will be 25% off, with no minimum order! Just use the code WheresLefty at check out (or mention it in our shop) to receive your discount!
One simply can’t visit Australia without a Quokka selfie these days! We have to wonder how Lefty is holding the camera, though…