Hi readers! Ever wonder 'how' and 'why' The Sock Review came to be? What started the discussion, and what set me on a path to promote and highlight excellency in sock design? I wanted to take this post to share with you my "origins" story! I hope you all enjoy, and I'd love to hear how you got interested in socks in the comment section, below.
It probably all subconsciously started in elementary school, when I had a fluffy grey cat named "BobbySocks" leap out of my arms and race through the slim halls, right into my English teacher's room - *ahem* on a show & tell day. Yes, I retrieved him, scratch-free. He had what looked like the sweetest little "fur socks" on his legs. Fast forward to high school, when I very proudly wore mismatched socks to accessorize my unique sense of style. Some days, I dressed in all "metallics" to pretend I was a robot, and some days, I just didn't care what people thought of my shocking lime green "boys" Nike tee and short set (I got it in the boys' department, but didn't care - they didn't have that color in girls'), with of course, matching lime green socks. Somehow, my interest of exploration of fashion concepts & a slight knack towards science led me to pursue a degree in Industrial Design.
After graduation, I gained a lot of experience in the product design field, and eventually ended up with a very interesting focus in legwear & accessory development & design (which to this day, it all sort of makes sense.) At one point, I was interviewing with a prospective company for a position, which I didn't get, by the way - but one question they asked that stuck with me was, "Why do you want to work in sock design?" And my response was..."I pretty much wake up and fall asleep thinking of sock ideas" As silly as that may sound, it's true! I'm a sock geek! It's quite thrilling to have the constraint of a simple silhouette like the sock, and think of the many different ways you can alter it, or maximize within. I know, probably sounds a little Out There, but it's what made me begin writing about socks.
I needed an outlet where I could share my passion for the legwear industry; and thus, The Sock Review was born. With an unattended email account ( I never expected anyone to actually email me, and so, I think I missed out on a few early opportunities) but after a few experimental and personal posts with socks I purchased myself, I began receiving sock submission requests. The rest is of course, history. Now, I am happily overwhelmed by sock samples, and hope to continue to further the mission of The Sock Review as a blog and sharing platform. My future goals always involve improving content quality and perhaps a glimpse into some trend forecasting. I'd love to do more interviews with sock-related professions or things of that nature. What would you all like to see from The Sock Review in the future?
Thank you to all my readers and social media supporters!
-Jess @ The Sock Review