One of a kind in the wool realm for its superior softness and insulation properties, cashmere doesn't itch one bit. That along with the tight weave of the wool renders its lightweight, silky texture ideal for socks. This pair of socks is sewn in Scotland by a company that's been around for over 200 years and has become an international pioneer in the weaving of cashmere. Since 1797, Johnstons of Elgin has been making cashmere wool products on the banks of the River Lossie, overseeing every step of the processing and manufacturing of their product on one site. Because cashmere is a very fine fiber, 15% nylon has been added to the toe and heel sections of this sock to make them more durable. The nylon is undetectable in the feel of the socks but without it the socks would wear out very quickly. The ribbed aspect is also helpful for holding them up, since the soft cashmere fibers on their own only comfort rather than grip. The socks are midweight, warm, light and soft for cold feet and tired toes. They are sized so that one size will fit most. The height of the sock is known as "crew" height, and measures to hit about mid-calf.
Wear these socks on the most bitter cold night, to keep your toes toasty even when the wind wants them frozen. To care for the socks after wearing, just hand wash and dry flat. So long as you do that—and definitely avoid the dryer—these socks will retain their beauty, shape and softness over many washings.
During moulting season (which can last from March until May) Kashmir goats shed their winter coats and the wool is collected to make cashmere. When the underfleece arrives at the weavers in Elgin it is matted, greasy and full of coarse hairs. The fleece has to be dehaired which is done by a machine. Johnstons of Elgin was actually the first to employ mechanical dehairing methods in the 20th century, and though today mechanical dehairing is widespread, Johnstons of Elgin still maintains the capacity to dehair their cashmere by hand, so they have the right to claim their wool processes from fiber to garment on one site. Since 1797, the company has been run by just two families, the Johnstons and the Harrisons.
Ribbed cashmere socks for men (or women with larger feet) made of 85% cashmere and 15% nylon. Handcrafted along the River Lossie in Scotland since 1797. Available in one size (fits men's 10-12 shoe size). Also available in black. (more info)
One Size (Fits Men's Shoe Sizes 10-12)
Measures 11 inches from heel up to mid-calf
Special Care Instructions:
No Tumble Drying
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