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Made in the USA
Really, you could argue that anything human hands finish or help machines produce is “handmade.” However, when things are knit or sewn by hand, or an artisan’s hands take a machine-made blank and turns it into a little work of art, we consider that hand made or altered and we have a category just for that!
Our Hand Made and Altered section is filled with delights that make for lovely gifts (for others or yourself) that have a personal touch. From hand screen-printed or dyed to hand-assembled or knit, these styles are produced in small batches, often just for us!
Silk-screening is hard work! We know from printing our logo t-shirts! But, a t-shirt is pretty simple to print on. The skill and quality of both Nylon Journal and Polonova in printing their pretties continues to impress us.
Nylon Journal’s USA made tights are hand-printed in New York city!
Polonova’s gloves and trouser socks are hand-printed much closer to home for us, right here in Portland, actually! And, just like Nylon Journal, both the knee-high trouser sock blanks and the glove blanks (fingerless or otherwise) are made in the USA, too.
A trippier option is Love Lite Precision Tie Dye, hand-dyed confections of glorious and brilliant tie dye on (mostly) our house brand styles.
Una, based just North of us in Seattle, are hand-sewn and silk-screened. We also get to pick the colour combos, based on seasonal availability, so a little bit of us is in there too, but just a little, most of it is the wonderful folks of Una!
Texture Clothing’s arm warmers are not only hand-made, they’re produced with scraps from Texture’s clothes-making process, where “nothing is wasted and everything is wanted”.
Of course, because these styles are all hand made or altered in small batches, they run out quickly, so grab what you love while you can! If you miss out, just sign up for email notification and you’ll know the same day we do that a fresh batch is in stock and ready to buy!
The International Day of The Sock is a day for rocking your favourite socks (even more than usual)! The socks we want to rock this time around are the ones made right here in the USA. Our collection of American made styles is full of fantastic delights from two dozen suppliers.
And of course, pretty patterns.
But far more than our fabulous house brands are made in the USA. Why, did you know that from B.Ella we offer over forty USA-made styles? Only about a third of their styles we carry are made in Italy and the rest of these gorgeous, luxury offerings are home-grown.
And ALL of the Gumball Poodle styles are made in the USA. Stretchy and sassy, we even offer two styles that name-check the Pacific Northwest and one that honours our local Roller Derby team!
There are so many more made in the USA offerings! Just join me after the jump for a quick list (and links and Advanced Searches for) of USA-made styles.
We’ve carried Snappy Garters’ styles for a long time, beginning way back in 2004! We still carry these first styles, I love that they’re all along a spectrum, the Snappy Spike Garters all sharp and stabby, the Snappy Heart Garters hard but sweet and the Pom-Pom Garters so soft and fluffy.
Unlike the other sock garters we carry, that fasten with buttons or hooks, the Snappy Garters attach with two snaps to keep them secure around your leg, with a little extra stretch if you need it. Except for the below the knee designed Snappy Monkey Sock Garters, all styles fit legs 19-22 inches, which makes them great for below and above the knee.
Another old favourite (possibly premiering around Portland Pride 2007) are the Snappy D-Ring Garters! Originally plain black elastic with nickel rings, we’ve just introduced a fancier version with brass hardware, that even comes on a gorgeous maroon!
More Snappy Garter gorgeousness after the jump!
I know one of my favourites are the Snappy Big Button Garters. Oversize decorative buttons adorn them and they’re terribly whimsical, perfect for adding a little playfulness to any outfit and perfect for dolly dress up. They come in nine varieties, but here’s a taste of all the colour!
But what about days that you want the fun of Snappy Garters, but with simpler decoration? We’ve even got a couple of styles with printed elastic. First are the brilliant Snappy Rainbow Garters that wrap your legs in a joyful spectrum. We brought these in for Portland Pride 2012 and we love them! There are also the Snappy Monkey Sock Garters that have sweet little monkey silhouettes and are the little sister of all the other Snappy Garters, fitting 12 inches to 16 inches around. They’re designed for just below the knee, though smaller legs can wear them just above.
The newest styles (that we’ve just added today!) are equally understated. Simple metal charms on black elastic make the Snappy Dragonfly Garters and the Snappy Fleur de Lis Garters delicately beautiful addition to your accessories.
We love Snappy Garters and the past eight years of fun ways to rock keeping your socks up have flown by! Have you tried Snappy Garters? Were you rocking a pair back when we first started carrying them?
Are you, or someone you know, getting married soon?
We want some great shots of these Bride & Groom socks in action for our website and since none of us are getting married in the coming months we’re hoping some of you can help us out. The prize(s) will be $50 gift cards, good towards anything on our site or in our shop.
The deadline is June 30 (but we’ll happily receive & possibly reward late entries too if they are really memorable… other rules? keep it clean and fun, quality counts. Individual images welcome, group shots, Bride & Groom, Bride & Bride, Groom & Groom… hopefully with some gorgeous dresses, slick suits, floral arrangements, wedding cake… the more it says “WEDDING!!!” in an image the better. How many images we pick and award really depends on how many great shots we receive. You can post them on our facebook page or send them to us via our contact page, or direct at info@ sock dreams .com
Happy shooting and good luck!!!
Sock Dreams has been a proud sponsor of the “Filmed by Bike” Film Festival for the last 4 years. This year the organizers allowed the sponsors their very own 45 Second spot that will air between shorts during the festival.
For more information on the Filmed By Bike Film Festival go here.
…There are a bunch of Sock it to Me socks featured, with the Striped Bolt knee highs in the starring role. The Gumball Poodle Geek socks costar. Here’s a blog post on the filming of this spot from the Rose City Roller girl… Shaolin Spocker who is prominently featured wearing the above mentioned Bolt socks.