Some background info. on THIS NIGHT from Kate T. Williamson, designer and owner:
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 have been working with this third-generation, family-owned mill for the past several 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. (I have the yarn custom-dyed by another family-owned company in North Carolina.)
Much of my inspiration comes from Japanese textiles, which I studied while living in Kyoto, Japan, for a year, 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)
The socks are available online at this-night.com. Men's socks are $18, women's socks are $15 (and $18 for knee socks). Selected styles are also available in New York City at the Sock Hop (248 Elizabeth Street), in Cambridge at Tess (20 Brattle Street) and the Andover Shop (22 Holyoke Street) in Philadelphia at Omoi Zakka Shop (1608 Pine Street), in Baltimore at The Store Ltd (5100 Falls Road), and in Reading, PA, at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (201 Washington Street).
Pictures of Kate with socks (if needed):