A couple of blog readers have asked me about some of my pants-pulling photos which I sometimes upload onto Instagram — photos which I have managed to, uh, keep off the blog so far. Today I wanted to explore the practical issues with regard to these craftsman-made, Japanese socks, and hopefully help you decide whether purchasing one might be a good idea. Japan is not new at making socks, and well-known brands such as CHUP and Anonymous Ism all had their start in the s, building off the back of an already established sock industry in Japan. The idea with these craftsman socks is similar to the reproduction denim revival in Japan which had occurred around the same time — clothes made slowly, the old fashioned way, with careful attention to craftsmanship and detailing. These manufacturers use variations of vintage stocking frame machines, which produce only a couple of dozen socks per machine per day.
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CHUP, Anonymous Ism…What’s the go with Japanese socks?
Anonymous Ism makes a shit ton of different models, but they can be loosely categorized by construction method into two groups — intarsia and jacquard. Jacquard knits, the ones people usually refer to when talking about the brand, tend to have the appearance of loose threads on the inside and feel more textured, whereas intarsia knits look and feel softer and more 2-dimensional. The material composition varies with the patterns and colors involved, but expect some combination of cotton, acrylic, polyester, wool, nylon or polyurethane. Enough technical talk.