Believe it or not, but one in eight pair of socks once came from the small Alabama town of Fort Payne before the majority of clothing manufacturing packed up and went far away. Natives of the area, the Locklear family, had no intentions of going anywhere and they wanted to bring those jobs back to “The Sock Capital of the World” tapping into the rich textile history of the south. Terry Locklear purchased a sock mill in the 90′s operating as Emi-G Knitting Inc. and almost 20 years later his daughter Gina came on board modernizing and refreshing the product under the name Zkano.
Zkano socks feature bright colors and modern patterns that are balanced with everyday wearability and style. They are made with a blend of domestic nylon and elastic plus certified organic non-domestic cotton. They are dyed with custom low-impact dyes and packaged with minimal material that is printed locally. Their factory operates at only 2% materials waste which is then recycled along with other used socks sent in under a sock recycling program. Feel-good materials, feel-good fashion, and they fell good on your feet. All my socks will now be coming from Fort Payne.
Available from Zkano and at select Whole Foods.