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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!
From gorgeous patterns to fabulous textures, socks can be wearable works of art. Our Artistic category gathers the finest examples of fine art-inspired styles into a curated category that would make any gallerist proud. So let’s take a field trip to the Museum of Sock Art!
We’ll start with two styles that are so familiar they need no introduction, that enigmatic smiling Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. A Renaissance beauty and one of the most easily recognised Post-Impressionist works.
Next we have our lovely Art Nouveau wing. The iconic design elements of Art Nouveau are most recognisable from their beautiful posters and advertisements, like the iconic black cat of cabaret posters, or the full and twining blooms that were such a key part of framing design.
Working during the same time frame was the fantastic symbolist Gustav Klimt. Somehow taking simple shapes like spirals, he created pieces that are recognisable even when reinterpreted as pure pattern.
Before we move on to more modern works, let’s pop into the international wing and see some lovely works of art from Japan. These tabi socks’ take on and a Kabuki player and Hokusai’s woodblock print of mount Fuji is are fun interpretations of two of Japan’s richly traditional arts, printmaking and theatre.
Now for a bit of modern art! Mondrian’s colour blocking has been interpreted so many ways, from pop-art dresses in the 60′s to unique and playful furniture. The Plasticism Midcalves are probably our favourite though (we are a little biased towards socks).
We don’t have time to go through the entire museum, but feel free to wander around and take in some comfy culture!
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.
Step into my sock-powered time machine as we travel back back, BACK to August 2011 when I pointed out our new Solid option for choosing uniform-code appropriate socks for back to school. How old fashioned was that?! Nowadays, our new-fangled technology can zoom you right to solid socks in any height you want (like the popular knee highs, OTKs and midcalves!).
By clicking “Solid” in the Pattern/Texture area of Advanced Search, all you’ve got to do, really, is pick your uniform or school colours and sock coverage style! Just be sure you choose “ANY” while you’re picking your school colours, though. It’s very rare that we’d classify a solid sock as both Blue and Yellow (I guess that would be straight up Green?)
Though, if you do need multiple school colours representing at once, that’s easy enough to do. Just keep the colours restricted by “ALL” and choose “Striped” instead of “Solid” from the Pattern/Texture area of Advanced Search for a shortcut to school pride!
We even have a great present for teacher, so you can start the year on the right foot.
So, whether you’re school shopping for yourself or someone else have fun and drop us a line if you have any questions!
August is our last summer month and with peridot, onyx, poppies and lions, the season gives us a regal goodbye.
One of the few gemstones happen in only one colour, the olive green of peridot ranges from a yellower shade to deep brown olive. Olive is a popular shade of green when it comes to socks and our house brands use olive shades for our medium green.
Onyx is the other gemstone for August and though your first thought may be of solid black, it more commonly occurs in coloured bands, like the reds and browns of sardonyx (which is such a great band name).
The constellation for most of August is Leo, the lion. Strangely, there aren’t many lion socks out there, but the Stained Glass Printed Leggings do the regal beasts justice, framing them around beautiful traditional motifs.
In looking for something to more figuratively represent lions I realised the Faux Fur Cuff Knee Highs are essentially little lion costumes for your legs, with fuzzy ruffs and everything!
Wow, next month fall begins! Soak up those last bits of summer while you can, Northern Hemisphere folks!