My name is Charles Polito, and I’ve had an interest in socks ever since I started my own sock business about 30 years ago. Sadly, we found that manufacturing in England just wasn’t competitive for our customers and the business ceased about 12 years ago, as have a number of sock manufacturing businesses.
A few summers ago, my wife and I went to Florence and saw some wonderful ranges of stylish socks, and felt there was nothing quite like them in the UK. So we decided to develop a range of our own, and registered the brand ‘Matchplay Golf Socks’, a snappy name that can be knitted clearly into the socks.
And since my business closed, things have changed. The low pound makes imports expensive, enabling us to compete with imported ranges. I have been lucky enough to team up with an old friend in the trade who has a lovely small factory where he is able to ensure a consistent quality and offer flexibility, two great advantages against both imported and large UK production.
All our socks are knitted using the best yarns. Our initial range of men’s socks uses soft two fold combed cotton, backed by Lycra coated nylon, for great comfort and fit. For the autumn, we also plan to possibly introduce a small range of woollen socks.
Even when I had my own business, the leg length was always an issue as the longer leg requested inevitably caused cost to rise. But now, as we are a much smaller operation, we can afford to knit socks with proper leg lengths to prevent that unsightly leg being exposed when sitting cross legged. We also knit some of the patterns in a knee length, for the ultimate in stylish socks.
From bored feet stuck in dull shoes in offices everywhere, to tired feet being punished on a damp golf course ? these downtrodden soles are crying out for high-quality, comfortable designer socks that combine exceptional construction with a real sense of fun. Where's the rule that says socks have to be grey, or brown, or greyish-brown? Let's celebrate stripes, spots, checks or just solid bright colours that bring a smile to fed-up feet everywhere. The inspiration for Matchplay Golf Socks designer socks came from a visit to fashion-conscious Florence in Italy, and the realisation that we in the UK were flagging behind when it comes to our feet.
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