THIS NIGHT is excited to have a stand this coming weekend at American Field (which is a weekend market devoted to American-made goods) at Boston's Innovation and Design Building (One Design Place). It's free and open both days from 11am to 6pm. If you're in the area, I hope you will come by and say hello! You can learn more about American Field and the other stands that will be there (which look really neat!) here.
The proximity of Father's Day has prompted me to finally write a little something up about one of my favorite shops, The Hop (aka The Sock Hop – the name has recently been adjusted to reflect that there is much more than socks there – their specialty is custom shirts!), located at 248 Elizabeth Street in NYC. Mr. Nasserbakht's father and grandfather were both custom shirtmakers (you can watch a short video talking about this here), and he has taught his sons this special skill as well. The Hop specializes in custom shirts for men and women and also has its own line of beautiful men's and women's ready-to-wear shirts (and there is a particularly pretty blue-and-white striped shirtdress I have been admiring). And they have quite a sock selection!
When the store opened back in 2010, several of my friends told me about it (knowing of my sock passion) – it is definitely the go-to place in NY for fine hosiery (NY Times reporter Jon Caramanica referred to it as the "Bergdorf Goodman of foot sheathing" :). So it was quite an honor, then, two years ago, when I showed Vince my first collection of socks, that he was interested in stocking some of them in this lovely store! They are all so nice to do business with, and the Hop is such a special family store. (And they also have an extensive record collection!) When you're in the SoHo/Little Italy area next, I highly recommend stopping by.
Happy Father's Day in advance, everyone!
Inspired by people's response to BITTERSWEET, I decided to create more botanical socks based on some paintings I had made of cherry blossoms (sakura, in Japanese) and forsythia, two of my favorite flowers. At last, here are SAKURA and FORSYTHIA! Women and men have requested floral socks in the larger size, so I'm happy to announce that I have made SAKURA in the larger size, which fits women's shoe sizes 6.5 to 14 (it will just go up higher, almost like a knee sock but not quite) and men's shoe sizes 6 to 13.
I was just home in PA, and my parents showed me the latest issue of Berks County Living, which features interviews with some local stylish guys, including Eric Savage, owner of Freedom Toyota and Freedom Hyundai, local philanthropist (he's the Chair of the Board of the Reading Olivet Boys & Girls Club, among many other charitable activities), and really nice person. I feel very honored that Eric, known for his love of lively socks, mentioned THIS NIGHT socks as being a "staple of [his] footwear"! Thank you so much, Eric!
I am so happy and honored to announce a collaboration between THIS NIGHT and the Whitney Museum of American Art on some socks!
There are three styles: SUNSET (inspired by the sun setting over the Hudson as viewed from the Whitney's terrace), FAÇADE (inspired by the museum's Renzo Piano façade), and EYES (inspired by eyes in the Whitney's permanent collection), and they are available in S/M and M/L sizes. They are available at the Whitney Museum (99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014) and at its online store.
At last, some new spring socks have arrived! In addition to the new STRIPE in navy and blue, which stealthily arrived on the scene (for men and women as well as in the women's boot/knee sock length) without any fanfare about a month ago, GRID has returned in new spring colors, including hibiscus, seafoam, blue, and pale pink (as well as in the tried-and-true navy/olive combo for men), and KYOTO is back in grey/seafoam and grey/pale pink (as well as in navy/olive for men).
Stay tuned for some new styles coming soon!
Yikes! I see I haven't written anything for the blog in a while (I do a little better with Instagram), but I will try to make up for the silence with this post on Earth Day (which really is every day, but it's nice to have a day designated to appreciate our planet and think about how we can take good care of it). My mother was an early recycler (before there was municipal recycling – she and my dad collected everything in a corner of the garage and drove an hour to recycle it once a year!), but it wasn't until after college, when I read Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart and William McDonough, that I really started thinking about the ways things are made and the choices I make as a consumer.
It's really a very interesting book, but if you don't have time to read it, two major thoughts I took away from it are: 1.) It would be helpful if things were constructed in such a way that they could be disassembled into their discrete parts (for example, if all the different metals in a car could be separated easily, they could be reused instead of "downcycled" as less valuable scrap metal). Related to this, the ideal scenario is a closed loop in which the the materials used in the product can be reused again or biodegrade ("cradle to cradle" as opposed to "cradle to grave," which is the trajectory of most products). 2.) When designing things, instead of trying to make things "less bad" (for example, scrubbers on smokestacks), the goal should be to find a new way of designing something to create something good (which admittedly seems easier said than done).
More recently, I've been very inspired by Zero Waste Home, a blog by Bea Johnson, a French woman who now lives in Marin County with her kids and husband and produces remarkably little waste. And by remarkably little, I mean that their trash from 2016 fit into a Mason jar! Reading her old posts (she now seems pretty busy speaking and traveling and doesn't post very often anymore) really changed the way I thought. (She also wrote a book that I haven't read but that I imagine includes a lot of highlights from her blog.) Her main advice: "Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (and only in that order)." ("Rot" refers to composting.)
So in terms of THIS NIGHT, I am always trying to consider the environment when I make decisions. One of the first ones was whether or not to use plastic hooks. I was concerned that retailers would insist on them, but happily, this has not been the case. (There seems to be a nice movement toward displaying socks in little cabinets and in baskets or flat on tables.) For mailing socks, I found Eco-Shippers at Ecology Packaging that are made of recycled fibers and are 100% recyclable. (And I've been assured by the folks there that the peel-off strip is also recyclable – often these are coated with silicone and are not.) I print out my mailing labels on gummed paper from Steadfast Paper (and have to wet each one with a sponge before attaching it to the Eco-Shippers – it's a little labor-intensive, but I haven't found a better alternative), and I use biodegradable cellophane packing tape from Eco Enclose when I have a very big order and need to ship it in a box.
So this is probably way more than anyone besides my mom would like to read, but I'm really interested in this topic as you can see, and I hope you found some of this interesting, too! Happy Earth Day!
When I lived in Japan for a year, I tried adopting the traditional goal of tying up loose ends from the year before the New Year began. I still try to do this, and I am always grateful that I get a little extension with the Lunar New Year (this past Saturday)!
I am very grateful for everyone's support this past year, and especially happy to report that THIS NIGHT has donated more than $300 so far to the Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading, PA (where these socks are knit and my hometown), and will continue to donate 50 cents per pair sold on this website. Thank you, everyone!
A couple of weeks ago, something very nice happened! A regular WFMZ (Reading's local news channel) viewer, Cristen, emailed me to say that she had come across my socks online and saw that they were made in Reading and that she had written WFMZ to suggest that the anchormen might consider wearing these locally made socks. A reporter from WFMZ, Jim Vasil, wrote back to her the same day, and she put us in touch.
A week later, I boarded the Bieber bus to go to Reading, PA (my hometown and where the socks are knit), to have a little interview in the store at the GoggleWorks (a really wonderful community arts center in Reading that used to be a goggle factory – it's also the only place THIS NIGHT socks are sold in Reading).
Thank you so much, Jim and Tim (the nice cameraman) of WFMZ and Cristen!
Well, this is not exactly breaking news, but I just discovered it this morning! Colleen Monroe (who has her own line of clothing made in the US, Untucked Workwear), a contributor to Conscious Magazine, included THIS NIGHT socks in her list of 10 Sustainable Work Wardrobe Essentials for Creative Professionals. It is an honor to be on the list – thank you, Colleen! (In her post, she links to GRID in white and black, one of my favorites! :)
Now until Monday, 12/12, at midnight, SAVE 10% OFF your entire order with code JOY at checkout! (THIS NIGHT will still be donating 50 cents per pair to the wonderful Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading, PA, where these socks are made!)
Well, most of the new styles and colors have finally arrived! I hope you like them!
The other exciting news is that, going forward, THIS NIGHT will be donating 50 cents per pair sold on www.this-night.com to the Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading, PA (where the socks are knit and my hometown). This organization is doing amazing things, providing the children and teens of Reading with safe, happy places to study and have fun after school and during the summer, and THIS NIGHT is so happy to support it!
THIS NIGHT in honored to be included in Nightingale Express's Clara (named for Clara Barton) and Walt (as in Walt Whitman – he was also a nurse!) gift boxes for nurses. Travel nurse Aishleen O'Brien just launched this website for nurse gift boxes this week, but she has been thinking about the best gifts for nurses for a long time. In choosing the products for her boxes, Aishleen included items she's found particularly useful in her work, and she has made a special effort to include US-made goods, like THIS NIGHT socks! I hope all the recipients are very pleased!
I am not usually particularly passionate about laundry detergent, but I read about Dizolve about a year ago and decided to try it out. (FYI: I am not on the Dizolve payroll in any way!) It is truly an innovation in the world of detergent! Dizolve consists of small, harmonica-sized, pliable strips that are not only biodegradable, but also packaged in a small, recyclable cardboard container. And it works (including with high-efficiency washers)!
This is a particularly exciting product for apartment dwellers, especially those who go to a laundromat (so much less to schlep!), but it is really great for anyone who cares about the environment. And as a bonus, company, which is Canadian, donates a portion of its proceeds to the Sierra Club and other nonprofits! There is really nothing not to like here except for the fact that so far I have only been able to order it online. If you order 2 packs, there is free shipping, so it comes out to 20 cents per load (comparable to Tide). I have been using it for several months now (and even got my mom some), and Dizolve has worked quite well for all my laundry, including socks!
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting up with Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts (both a blog and a store). Patricia had read my book A Year in Japan when she went to Japan for the first time years ago, and she emailed me before her trip to NY to meet up and talk about Japan and socks! After a long career in branding and marketing, Patricia started her own store selling beautiful vintage yukata (cotton kimono) fabric that she imports from Japan. She is also an amazing quilt artist! After hearing her very interesting talk at the City Quilter, we had dinner and chatted a bit. You can hear Patricia's account (and learn about so many interesting quilters and fabric artists!) on her Okan Arts blog. (And if you comment on your favorite socks at the end of the post before the end of the month, you could win a pair of THIS NIGHT socks of your choosing!) You might also find yourself, like me, wanting to buy yards and yards of beautiful yukata fabric!
THIS NIGHT is honored to be featured in "My Week in Objects (Mostly)" on Erin Boyle's lovely blog, Reading My Tea Leaves. She writes about thoughtful, sustainable living in small spaces, and I always find her blog inspiring, interesting, and useful. I am so pleased that she likes THIS NIGHT socks – thank you, Erin, for your kind words!
THIS NIGHT is honored to be creating custom socks for all the guests at Berks Encore's upcoming breakfast fundraiser honoring local philanthropist Eric Savage of Freedom Auto Group on Monday, June 1, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Reading, PA! Berks Encore provides a range of services to those over 50 in the Berks County area, including its Meals on Wheels program. For those of you on Facebook, if you post a picture of your feet in some fun socks and tag #berksencore as well as #sockittohunger, the really great and public-minded General Manager of the DoubleTree, Craig Poole, will donate $6.08 (the cost of a Meals on Wheels meal) per post until June 1!