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This weekend, September 21st and 22nd, Sock Dreams will be vending at Portland’s own Rose City Comic Con. Now in it’s second year, Rose City, or as it affectionately know as RCCC, will feature several amazing celebrity guests- Jewel Staite from Firefly, Avery Brooks from Deep Space Nine, Lee Arenberg and Martin Klebba from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies AND Mr. John “Bender” and “Jake the Dog” DiMaggio.
But of all the celebrity guests, comic artists and exhibitors, we are most excited about one guest in particular; the creator of the Sock Dreams logo, Echo X Chernik !
Niqkita was first made aware of Echo’s work through the Sock Dreams web designer Olivia, who knew Niqkita’s affinity for Alphonse Mucha and that she was looking for someone to design a logo for the fledgling company. Niqkita contacted Echo and they began emailing back and forth discussing what Niqkita had in mind for the logo and how it would fit into her business. Before she knew it, the logo lady was created.
The intention with the logo was always that her socks could be changed, but in the past couple years we’ve been radical about our changes, creating seasonal and event specific stickers and the word is, Echo loves it!
Come by our booth at RCCC, #720 to grab one of our Rose City Comic Con logo lady stickers, and then head to Echo’s booth #903 to get it signed.
We’ll also be giving away a pair of our con exclusive RCCC socks, made by Gumball Poodle, so if you’re at the Con this weekend check our Facebook page for more details.
See ya there!
If you’re joining us at KumoriCon today, come and find us! The first 6 people to give us the password today gets a mystery denomination Sock Dreams Gift Card!
Today’s password is Sōun (層雲) or ‘Stratus’.
While we will accept either the Japanese or English word, you will get some major cool points for attempting the Japanese pronunciation. The amount on the gift card could be $5, or it could be $10, or it could even be $20– it’ll be a surprise! In addition to some exclusive ANIME word knee highs from Gumball Poodle, we have some gorgeous KumoriCon stickers for free!
This weekend we’ll be joining you proud otaku at our local anime convention, KumoriCon.
Kumori (雲) is Japanese for ‘Cloud’, and we get a lot of cloudy weather here in Portland! Already the days have started to turn grayer, but that doesn’t have to be a cause for despair. We’re fond of our cloudy Oregon weather, and we’ve got some lovely styles to get you in the mood. If you’re not up for full Cosplay this weekend, don some cloudy designs instead!
We’ll be bring our new stickers, designed with this year’s Con colors in mind.
We’ll be doing another gift card giveaway at our booth! Each day of the event (Saturday/Sunday/ Monday), the first six people to say the magic words at our booth will get a FREE Sock Dreams gift card! The amount on the card could be $5, or $10, or even $20– it’ll be a surprise! There will be new magic words each day, so be sure to check back here.
As most of you Socks Dreams fans may or may not know, we are a big supporter of local charities and events. But we always find it doubly rewarding to be able to be an active participant in raising money and awareness for a great cause.This Saturday, August 24th, from 12-3pm, we will be hosting a fundraising event for a wonderful shelter called Family Dogs New Life, at our brick and mortar store.
A few of the dogs who work at Socks Dreams are rescue or shelter dogs, so we decided that we wanted to support a local animal shelter that cared about matching their animals with the right people. We did some research and found Family Dogs New Life just down the way from our own neighborhood.
Hefner, a four-year old Pit Bull Terrier
Photo provided by Family Dogs New Life Shelter
We had the opportunity to visit the shelter to take a look at the facilities, meet the operators, and see some cute dogs! We were impressed with the warmth and dedication of the volunteers who keep up the daily operations. They run a tight ship, with the safety and comfort of their dogs as the first priority. Like any non-profit animal rescue, it takes a lot of time, money, and love to run, and we are so very pleased to lend a paw!
If you would like to help out Family Dogs New Life too, you can sponsor them, from anywhere in the country at their web site
If you live in the Portland area, come by our shop and see these two beautiful dogs, Hefner and Stella, that are available for adoption!
Bella, a three-year old Pit Bull Terrier mix
Photo provided by Family Dogs New Life Shelter
Regardless of whether is with your time or your money, we encourage all of our fans to support a local cause that is dear to your heart. Be it animals, kids, or just someone who needs a leg up; helping others is the most rewarding.
Wow. Last June we were finishing up plans to say goodbye to our old headquarters. And a month later we were at our new HQ. Even though it’s just been a year, it feels like we’ve been in this pretty purple building always!
We’ve been spending the last year making this place our own (in between serious sock business, of course). Even though a lot of it has been arranging, rearranging and then re-rearranging to find the best way to fit things (if you’ve ever made a big move, you know the complicated dance we mean!), lots of fancier touches have been put in place to make us feel at home.
Our conference room is now super slick, with old sock blocking forms kickin’ it on the wall. There’s even a big, beautiful whiteboard where all those great sock graphs get cooked up.
The lovely folks of Customer Service re-painted their department, and the one bazillion teal and off-white paint chips we all looked at were totally worth it! Though, I am starting to suspect they were purposefully trying to match this Swashbuckler’s Ball poster. . .
One of the newest and most fun additions to our space is a decorated break area. One of our pretty transit ads decorates the wall behind the new couch.
Maybe you’ve noticed our new couch in pictures already! Or, if you follow Niq on Instagram, you’ve noticed it a couple of times.
Just like at our old place, bits and pieces of where we are sneak into our product pictures. I’m personally in love with the purple of the outside of the building and love putting other purples against it, like in this shot for the Leg Avenue Striped Tights.
We have a big bay door by our break area, and it often becomes an impromptu stage for pictures.
But I think the thing we’re most in love with shooting on, by and around right now is our new, velvety, leopard-print couch and gorgeous hand-painted floor in the break area! Niq made great use of the floor in the shots for the new Tie Dye Ripple OTKs.
And I was like, “who says plaid and animal print don’t go together?!” when I got the pictures of the Plaid Printed Tights.
Clearly, we’re loving our new place! And we couldn’t have made this move or been so happy about it without the support of wonderful customers like you! You folks just make our day and keep on making it. ♥