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    Socks with a Conscience!

    Socks with a Conscience!

    Friday socks are made to put a smile on your face when go to wear them, hence the hilarious and relatable mismatched designs that we are continually coming up with! However, we want the quality of our socks to go beyond the fabric and not only be comfortable but make a positive impact on everyone they come in contact with.  

    As we all begin to become more educated on the environment and the huge imprint that us humans are making on it, people are beginning to question how and where their things are coming from. It’s no secret these days that the fast fashion industry has patterns of toxic over-consumption, using practices that are harmful to small communities and this beautiful planet that we live on. Mindless materialism is unintentional, but a choice that is made on a daily basis that unfortunately has a major impact internationally.

    With this increased awareness, consumers are becoming more conscious of their decisions, which are forcing popular brands to rethink their approach and adopt more sustainable habits. Since fashion is known to be a mirror to what is going on in the world around us, it's only natural that labels, such as Asos Eco Edit, New Balance, H&M, Patagonia and so many more, are incorporating this green way of thinking into their companies and designs.

    Here at the Friday HQ, we do our best to abide by these sustainable practices and participate in the ethical fashion movement. For us, it’s important to know that from the time the yarn is harvested to the final moment when our socks are purchased, that we are supporting everyone every step of the way and that our socks are doing good, rather than harming the world in some way shape or form.

    Not sure what ethical fashion even is? The International Ethical Fashion Forum defines it as “an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacturing of clothing, which maximizes the benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment.” AKA its fashion that respects both people and the environment within the entire product cycle.

    Here are just a few ways that, here at Friday, we are committed to providing a product which is both socially and environmentally conscious!

    1. Friday Socks are made with OEKOTEX® Certified materials: this means that every fiber that our socks are made of are tested on an international standard to ensure that there are no harmful chemicals, substances or colours at every stage of production. Learn more about our certified yarn here!    
    1. Manufactured at a family-run factory: Friday proudly supports a 3rd generation sock producer in Northern Italy and in January had the amazing opportunity to visit and get to know the people behind the seams of our socks. There, they knit each sock with love and care, while using processes that are respectful of the environment and provide their workers with safe, clean and healthy working conditions. Everyone was so friendly and by the end of our visit, we felt like we were a part of their family. Stay tuned for more details of our visit in a future post!
    1. Giving back to the local YYC community: this is something that is of huge importance to us, so we regularly donate socks that we are not going to be selling or using to organizations, such as the Mustard Seed and the Calgary Drop In Centre. We also make it a priority to work with different non-for-profits to create collaborations that will benefit their cause.    

    Now you know!  

    - Team Friday

    #Notyouraveragesockcompany

    Baking up a Crave-O-Licious Collaboration!

    Baking up a Crave-O-Licious Collaboration!

    We are always on the lookout for potential collaborations, but this one definitely tops the cake – literally! When Crave approached us to discuss the idea of doing a collaboration, we were 100% on board. Not only do we love their cupcakes, but they have been amazing long term supporters of our small business by inviting us to host a pop-up shop at their Kensington location during the fathers day weekend last year. The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep within their bakery and they are as passionate about delicious cupcakes, as we are for mismatched socks. 

    As a result, the partnership made a lot of sense, on both ends. We figured it would produce a product that would match the inherent desire to bring happiness and value to our customers, which is something both businesses strive for. Plus, how cool is it to say you own a pair of mismatched cupcake socks?

    The initial meeting was hugely about brainstorming the perfect design and coming up with a concept that complimented both brands. We decided to use Crave’s two signature cupcakes, Crave-O-Licious with chocolate sprinkles on one sock and Princess Chocolate on the other. In order to complete the design, we inverted the colours of the heels and the toes on each sock with the colours of the icing. We then decided to have ‘Crave Cupcakes’ knitted on the bottom of the Crave-O-Licious sock and ‘Friday Sock Co’ on the Princess Chocolate sock.

    For those of you who don’t know:

    Crave-O-Licious: is a chocolate cake with a blue vanilla buttercream icing, sprinkled with shaved chocolate.

    Princess Chocolate: is a chocolate cake with strawberry infused buttercream icing, sprinkled with clear sparkles.

    If you have never tried either of these flavours or one of Crave’s cupcakes at all, then we highly suggest you do; they’re slightly addictive.

    We had so much fun doing this collaboration, as it was terribly delicious (there may have been a cupcake or two consumed in the process) and working with the Crave team could not have been more flawless and fun!

    Sock sizing is 5-10 women’s, 4-8 Men’s. The socks will be available at all the Crave Cupcake locations, as well as on our online shop!

    Written by Kristy Archibald | https://floralandbows.com

    The Wood Shop

    The Wood Shop

    I was very lucky growing up to always have access to a wood shop. My Dad owned a small construction company, so as a kid, I was always sawing and sanding wood bits to make all kinds of things. Thankfully after he retired he kept a small shop for little projects. This allowed Friday Sock Co. to build our very own retail displays. The most recent design was a wooden spinner that we called The Rooster. 

    To build it I used a Cedar 4x4 cut to size, some carriage bolts, flanged inserts, wood glue, and a couple other stock retail display parts. For tools I use a chop saw, table saw, drill press, jig, and a belt sander. Before assembly I sprayed everything with a satin urethane.  The whole process for a display took a little over an hour without factoring in the time it took to get materials etc.

    As the company grew in 2016, I realized I would no longer able to devote the time needed to build anymore Roosters. It’s one of those things that i’d love to keep doing, but just can’t manage the time it takes. It’s going to be a challenge to find another display option that is quite as unique, but i’m up for the challenge! Onwards and upwards. With that said, I will miss the smell of sawdust. 

    Adam - Friday Sock Co. 

    Combed Cotton

    Combed Cotton

    Friday Sock Co socks are made with Egyptian Combed Cotton, which may leave you asking yourself... what is this word "Combed" all about? Well the short answer is this - Combed Cotton is a super soft version of regular cotton. Pretty simple right? But how does it get it's super softness? For the answer to that question, please see below.


    In the typical milling process cotton is picked, cleaned, and the fibers are separated. The technical name for the separation process is called carding, but we don't need to get into all of that. Once the fibers are lined up in roughly the same direction, it is then spun into thread.

    With Combed Cotton the process is the same, except this time around it's combed. Think of it like a fine brush that takes out impurities and shorter strands leaving behind the good stuff; long, straight fibers. Through the combing process about 10-20% of the volume is removed leaving behind the best of the crop.

    Because of this process combed cotton becomes much softer. This is due to the lack of short prickly fibers sticking out and also the removal of dirt and impurities. But wait there's more! It's also stronger! This is because combing makes the long fibers lie closely together, and the bits of short breakable fibers are removed. 

    So there you have it. Now you know!

    Friday Sock Co
    #happyfriday

    OEKO-TEX® Certified Yarn

    OEKO-TEX® Certified Yarn

    Friday Sock Co. is proud to use a supplier that is OEKO-TEX® certified. In addition to this, they also go to great lengths to re-use and recycle all plastic components used during production. 
    The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, ready-made articles (all types of clothing, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).
    OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances always focus on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met. 

     

    Testing for harmful substances includes: 
    • illegal substances
    • legally regulated substances
    • known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals
    • as well as parameters for health care

    Now you know! Team Friday. #notyouraveragesockcompany