No man who ignores the details can ever truly be well dressed. One such detail worthy of consideration is the quality of our socks.
Courtesy of Mes Chaussettes Rouges in Paris, I was supplied with two pairs of over the calf socks. One from Gammarelli in Rome and the other from Mazarin, a French brand that has the skilled hand of Alain Stark (Stark and Sons tailors) behind it.
The red wool socks from Gammarelli, who have been the tailor to the Pope’s, cardinal’s and bishops’ for decades, were made from 100% Merino wool and are available in sizes that range from UK 2-US 1 to UK 15-US 16.
The wool is quite fine and may be more suitable for warmer months in northern Europe and the USA rather than for year round wear or simply for those who prefer wool socks that are of a lighter gauge.
The fit was exceptional, managing to be comfortable without any restriction or tightness in any part of the foot. Overall an excellent quality sock from a firm with a long distinguished history.
The colours available are limited to red,black, and purple in either wool or cotton with the exception of black which also has a silk option.
Mazarin which makes the distinctive green socks worn by members of the Academie Francaise, was a pleasant surprise.
The demin blue socks I tried were made from 80% extra fine wool and 20% nylon and fit a little more snugly that the Gammarelli but where they excelled was was in the feel.
There is a silky quality to these socks that simply has to be experienced. This coupled with a more substantial material which I prefer, make Mazarin the hidden gem of men’s socks.
Available in a wide range of styles and materials including one of the rarest natural fibres, Vicuna (520,00 €), expect great things from this brand.
From the Mes Chaussettes Rouges stamp on the package to the handwritten note and red herringbone bag holding your socks, Jacques Tiberghien has incorporated noteworthy elements that add unique character to his niche of menswear.