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 until very recently, there was one remaining knitting mill left. I worked with the wonderful people at this mill for about two years to develop 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.
My hometown mill was recently closed by its new owner, a private equity firm, and it is an understatement to say that this was devastating news for both the mill's employees and customers. I am so very grateful I had the opportunity to meet and work with all these talented, kind people to develop my socks, and I hope with all my heart that they are finding new, good positions where they are valued and appreciated. In my search for another US mill, I learned about a small, well-run mill in Conover, North Carolina, and I am so very grateful to the kind, talented folks there for their great work, attention to detail, and willingness to knit my socks and allow THIS NIGHT to continue.
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)
In tribute to my hometown and the people who worked so hard to create THIS NIGHT socks, THIS NIGHT donates 50 cents per pair sold through this website to the Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading, PA, a wonderful organization that provides great opportunities and safe, fun spaces for the kids and teens of Reading to go after school and during the summer. And in support of the community where THIS NIGHT socks are now knit, THIS NIGHT is delighted to donate an additional 50 cents per pair sold online to the great Catawba County Partnership for Children, which does a lot of amazing things in the Conover, NC, area, including running its Imagination Library, which provides free books to more than 5,000 kids in Catawba County.
Thank you very much for looking at these socks and for supporting American manufacturing!
Kate T. Williamson, Designer and Owner, THIS NIGHT