Our story began seven generations ago in 1837. This was the year our family's original fabric mill in rural North Carolina opened, producing some of the first dyed and plaid fabrics in the southeastern United States. The below photograph, taken just a short decade after the advent of photography, captured the celebration of the mill’s grand opening.
Grand opening of the family's first fabric mill, 1837
In the 1930’s, the family's expertise expanded internationally as relatives began supplying American hosiery manufacturers with luxurious Japanese silk. Prior to the commercialization of nylon, silk was essential in the manufacturing of women’s stockings. In the mid-20th Century, the business continued to evolve as the fifth and sixth generations entered the yarn brokerage business. Yarn brokers connect manufacturers with yarn suppliers around the world, an important role that enabled our family to establish relationships in virtually every facet of the textile industry.
Stamped business correspondence from Japan, circa 1930
Up until the late 1990’s, textiles continued to flourish but as the turn of the century approached, the industry began eroding at a breathtaking pace. Throughout the early 2000’s, manufacturing operations moved overseas and historic mills were left empty and shuttered. Multi-generational family businesses went into bankruptcy, countless workers lost their jobs and the hosiery market became overrun with poor quality socks.
In 2010, we decided to make a stand for quality hosiery and traditional American manufacturing by launching our own line of dress socks. Boardroom Socks was brought to life by combining our network of apparel designers, yarn suppliers and local knitters. Every pair of Boardroom Socks is knit and finished in North Carolina, just a short drive from the site where our fabric mill was built over 175 years ago. These deep North Carolina roots are why the state outline is included in our logo and stamped on each pair of socks.
Behind-the-scenes at one of our knitting mills in rural North Carolina
What does all of this mean for you, the contemporary gentleman? It means that for 175 years we have been passionate about producing quality textiles. The expertise passed through our family gives us a unique ability to combine luxurious fibers with hardworking American craftsmen, enabling us to provide you with a superior dress sock.
The journey to produce a pair of Boardroom Socks begins by meticulously sourcing the highest quality yarns. Our pima cotton socks originate in the cotton fields of the southern United States, while our merino wool socks derive from sheep around the globe. Throughout the manufacturing process, we take additional steps to ensure quality and longevity. To provide additional durability to our socks, we reinforce the heel and toe with an extra layer of yarn to prevent premature wear. We add in just the right amount of high strength spandex, ensuring the socks stay up on your leg throughout the day while maintaining a comfortable fit.
One of our traditional 168 needle knitting machines
The final step in our manufacturing process is to stamp the Boardroom Socks logo on the arch of one sock from each pair. This stamp represents our commitment to provide you with premium socks as well as premium service.
When you reach into the sock drawer for your favorite pair of Boardroom Socks, know that you are about to put on not only an outstanding pair of dress socks, but also a piece of American history.