Socko

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Sustainable socks, made in the UK

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Female-founded Socko combines traditional manufacturing techniques with waste material to produce luxurious unisex socks and beautifully designed tools for clothing care. All Socko socks are made by a family run business in Leicestershire using off-cuts of yarn that may otherwise have ended up in landfill or recycled materials. Socko is on a mission to extend the active life of clothing by re-teaching the lost art of darning. This is why each pair of Socko socks comes with a swatch of yarn and a darning needle.

Meet the founders

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    Emma Mathews

    Founder of Socko

    Emma is the founder of sustainable British sock brand Socko. She completed a Graphic Design BA at Camberwell College of Art in 2009 and bought a one-way ticket to Paris on the day of graduation, determined to become bilingual. Whilst waitressing, she hand-knit commercially for a French babywear start-up and “volunteered” at the aptly named Sweat Shop. Emma returned to London two and a half years later to pursue a Masters in Advertising, an industry she worked in internationally for five years before coming up with the concept of her own venture; Socko.

    Her dream of Socko began when searching for meaning in her work. She saw that her job satisfaction came when she was able to connect what she had done with her working day with its positive impact upon others. Through combining her talent for craft with her branding and marketing experience and ethics, she identified her business idea; sustainable socks.

    Socko launched its first collection of socks at the end of 2018 with darning workshops soon following in January 2019. To date, every pair of UK-made Socko socks has come with a needle and thread and Emma has taught over 100 people the lost art of darning, both in person, live streaming through the pandemic and via Socko’s comprehensive online workshops. Emma’s first book, How to Quit Fast Fashion, was published in October 2020 and she lives in north London with her partner and their sausage dog Alan.