Woman in socks running through a meadow

Still made in Vermont.

We’ve had an unconditional guarantee since we knit our first sock. To our customers, that guarantee speaks to the comfort, durability, and fit they expect from our product. To us it’s a bit more. It’s a standard we’ve set on quality and one we’ve embraced as a promise to our global community. 

We scrutinize every sock that’s returned, to make our product even more durable. Pushing ourselves to build a legacy product isn’t just great for customers and the environment, it allows us to stay local and true to our values. But most importantly, it gives us the ability to invest in our employees and our community. We think of it as a cycle of reinvestment. As our founder Ric says, “We’re built by generations for generations.”

In other words, making the toughest socks on Earth is an outcome of who we are. We couldn’t achieve that if we weren’t local, if we weren’t indebted to the employees and the community that helped get us here. Our surroundings, or said another way – our environment – is a key piece to that. One could say it’s a Green State of mind, if you get the pun.

Vermont is our home. It’s our labor force and our sould, and why we’ve invested in our town and donated socks to over 200 organizations every year for the last 40 years. We think of it as a cycle of reinvestment. As our founder Ric says, “We’re built by generations for generations.” We continue to build on the foundation – literally and figuratively as we work with local developers to renew old facilities.

We’re still local because there’s no better way for us to have a positive impact on our employees, their families, and the vibrancy of our community. We can’t prosper unless they do, too. At heart, that’s the definition of linked prosperity, and it’s what we practice and aspire to every day. Likewise, we understand our promise to them goes beyond local sidewalks and rivers. We support the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and strive to make our products from renewable and recycled materials. That’s why we obsess about reducing the water and energy we use and the waste we generate. That’s why we work with our suppliers to improve the chemistries involved in creating our yarns.

 We are a family, and we help each other and care about the future. Unconditionally. 

For us that starts with being local and staying local so we’re here to support our employees when their homes get destroyed by hurricanes, when they need to take leave to support a family member with cancer, when a hopeful parent needs extra time to adopt a child. It’s about supporting our town by committing to long-term leases, renovating old buildings, and implementing practices that improve our social and environmental footprints.

We’re not a public company, and we like it that way. Our biggest debts aren’t to our banks, they’re to the employees and the community that helped get us here. That’s why we chose to stay here many years ago rather than outsource our labor abroad. We struggled at a time when supply chain transparency wasn’t valued as it is today, when cheap labor and weak environmental regulations delivered profits that are too costly by current standards. But we found a way through it, staying true to our values. We learned – through thick and thin – that being and staying local allows us to have the greatest possible impact on the well-being of our employees, their families, and the vibrancy of our community.

But our product is worn and loved well beyond our immediate community. That’s why we support the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and strive to make our products from renewable and recycled materials. That’s why we obsess about reducing the water and energy we use and the waste we generate. That’s why we work with our suppliers to improve the chemistries involved in creating our yarns. That’s why we’ve donated socks to over 200 organizations every year for the last 40 years.

We can’t prosper unless our employees, our community, and the environment does, too.  At heart, that’s the definition of linked prosperity, and it’s what we practice and aspire to every day. Unconditionally.
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