Made in the USA.
We’re proud to be able to say our merino wool doesn’t have to cross an ocean to end up on your feet.
Committed to American Sheep Farmers & to Supporting the American Textile Industry
When we started making socks back in 2008, we made the decision not only to make our socks here in the USA, but to source our wool from American sheep farmers. Very few merino wool sock makers can say the same.
We’re proud of that fact, but we also value transparency. We’re constantly striving to find U.S.-based sources for every component that goes into our socks. For example, we’re currently transitioning to American-made Repreve® recycled nylon, with a goal to have 80% of our total nylon usage converted to recycled nylon by the end of 2021.
It’s all part of our commitment to support local textile companies and farms right here in the U.S. and to reduce our environmental impact.
Merino wool from ethically raised American sheep
Our fine merino wool comes from sheep raised domestically by farmers across the US. Our partner, Chargeurs, ensures the wool they source on our behalf comes from farmers respecting the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare. Additionally, our merino wool comes from Rambouillet sheep, which have smooth hindquarters, so there is no need for painful mulesing.
Wool processed & spun into yarn in South Carolina
After harvest, our wool fiber is shipped to Chargeurs in South Carolina where it’s scoured to clean the wool. It’s then superwashed (shrink treated) using an innovative process with no negative environmental impact. In fact, the water used in the process is actually cleaner upon completion of superwashing than when it entered the plant. From there, the wool travels to Kent Wool in nearby Pickens, SC, where it is spun into one of our custom crafted yarns.
Yarns dyed in North Carolina
We’re lucky to have Meridian Specialty Yarn as our partner for dyeing our body yarns here in the USA. Based in North Carolina, Meridian is an industry leader in dyed yarns. They recently completed a new, state-of-the-art dyehouse, enabling them to use a process called low liquor ratio dyeing. This dramatically reduces the amount of water and power used in the dying process.
Designed in the deserts of New Mexico
Our socks are designed by VP of Design, Mercedes Marchand, based in New Mexico. Her background as a fashion designer in New York blends with her passion for wellness and her new peaceful desert surroundings. You can see all these inspirations come together in our beautiful, modern styling featuring both bold, uplifting colors and soothing neutral tones.
Knitted at sock mills in the southeastern U.S.
Our yarns travel to mills in North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee to be knitted into socks. This is where it all comes together. Technicians translate our designs into programs for state-of-the-art knitting machines with the latest in knitting capabilities. Our production process emphasizes multiple quality checks throughout to ensure the highest quality product.
Headquartered & shipped from Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga and the surrounding region has a long, celebrated history in the textile industry. It only makes sense that Sockwell calls Chattanooga home. From our office and warehouse on Crutchfield St., we ship our socks across the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to supporting the American textile industry continues in the tradition of Chattanooga’s history. We are proud to be a part of building a future on its storied history.
From day one, we have consciously chosen to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible rather than shipping components all over the world for the sake of saving a few pennies.
Simply put, the fewer miles our materials and our products travel to reach your feet, the less impact we have on our planet.
It’s not just good business—it’s the right thing to do.
Our Relentless Pursuit of Better Ways to Do Business
At Sockwell, we are never satisfied with the status quo. We’re always looking for a better way to do something, and that includes finding new, U.S.-based materials and methods of production. It’s better for our planet, better for our people, and better for you.