Hey, gidday mates! D’ya like socks? I like socks. They’re up there with hand-knitted sweaters and the perfect blue jeans as some of my favorite items of clothing. My fellow New Zealander Ophelia Mikkelson has been quietly hand-making (not to mention photographing) some of the best socks in the world for the past couple of years, and they’ve only just become available online via her brand-spanking-new, perfectly pared-back e-commerce site. To celebrate, I asked her to answer a few questions, and she very kindly obliged. The following is a short conversation about socks.Click to Continue!
I did all my Christmas shopping in NYC and couldn’t wait to give everybody everything the moment I landed in NZ, so I gave my family their presents the morning I arrived, and now there’s nothing for anybody on Christmas Day. Nightmare. But over the last few days I did the rounds at all my favourite shops in Auckland, which gave me a chance to pick up some ideas for last minute gifts. So if you’re in New Zealand and you’re still struggling to think of what to get for your people, hopefully this’ll help. p.s. Yes, those are socks.Click to Continue!
1. File this one under: The sexiest thing I’ve seen in ages. Nothing gets me like two hot young superstars flirting in front of a screaming crowd, so when Rihanna appeared onstage at the Drake concert at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy last night and they danced up on each other, I was like, somebody get me a fan. That chemistry was real I tells ye. Real. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out.Click to Continue!
Moreporks is an Auckland-based label that I’ve been watching for the past couple of months. They started out doing five-panel hats in interesting fabrics, and have now progressed to a small collection spanning shorts, shirts, short-sleeve shirts, polos and socks. If I was more of a hat guy I’d be collecting their five-panels religiously, but I’m not, so my first purchase was a pair of their embroidered melange socks. These guys are onto a cool thing: They’re catering to that skater/streetwear/Supreme-obsessed guy, but with a New Zealand-centric twist – where other brands might push leopard and camo, Moreporks offers anchors,Click to Continue!
Along with the beige pants I wear everyday, I only ever wear beige socks. It started out as a thing I liked to do with this one pair of beige shorts, but then it started taking over. Now all I ever seem to buy are beige socks. They go with everything – beige pants, blue jeans, maroon sweaters… I’ve had cheap socks and expensive socks, but my favourites are the ribbed ones from Hallensteins. My school socks were beige. Must all be part of my obsession with dressing like a schoolboy. I LIKE YOU!Click to Continue!