I have loved socks since I was a child – I love that they can be both beautiful and useful – and I have long dreamed of designing them. My hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, was once a thriving hosiery center, and there is one remaining knitting mill there today. I worked with the people at the mill for about two years to develop men’s and women’s versions of what I consider to be the perfect sock: one made with high-quality, US-grown ringspun cotton combined with just a touch of stretch, a slightly wider band that is not too tight yet still stays up, and elegant, graphic designs in a colorful yet refined palette.
Much of my inspiration comes from Japanese textiles, which I studied while living in Kyoto, Japan, for a year (I am also an artist and writer), and the name THIS NIGHT comes from a tenth-century Japanese poem I particularly love:
If only I could show them to someone who knows,
this moon, these flowers, this night that should not be wasted.
– Minamoto Nobuakira, Gosenshu
(trans. by Edward G. Seidensticker in The Tale of Genji)
I am very happy to announce that THIS NIGHT will donate 50 cents per pair of socks sold through this website to the Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading, PA! This wonderful organization provides great opportunities and safe, fun spaces for the kids and teens of Reading to go after school and during the summer, and THIS NIGHT is so happy to support it!
Thank you very much for looking at these socks and for supporting American manufacturing!
Kate T. Williamson, Designer and Owner, THIS NIGHT