We’re thrilled to welcome back Calgary designer Adam Thompson of Friday Sock Co. to the Royal Bison! You won’t ever have to worry about finding a matching sock again, as this ethically made sock brand has a purposely mismatched design concept. The super fun patterns and designs of Friday Sock Co. will knock the socks off your feet before you put on a pair of theirs! Catch them at the Bison November 30 to December 2, follow them on Instagram (@FridaySockCo), and read on to discover what inspires their strange socks!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Friday Sock Co: The fact that I can create something that pulls a positive emotion out of someone else. Also, I love the relationship of things. Designing purposely mismatched socks allows me to explore the interconnectedness of things. What goes together, but is different… I recently did a design with two whales, but they aren’t just two whales, they are two whales that live in the same area. Or my cat and a box design. This is the part of my job that I absolutely love.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
FSC: We’ve released over 50 new designs and also a new spoofed Canadian maple-syrup can that can be re-purposed after opening. We can all our socks in-house to ensure freshness.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
FSC: Tough one. I guess I’m doing my own thing and hopefully it shows in my work.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Calgary creative community?
FSC: I love being part of the creative community in Calgary and hope to inspire anyone who wants to take an idea and turn it into something. I was recognized this year as one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40 in Calgary, and a big component of that award is involvement and impact in the city. We give back to the community as much as we can.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
FSC: Adrianmartinus! Salgado Fenwick! Heather Buchanan!
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
FSC: My wife is from the UK so we’ve gone to England for the last 5 or 6 years for the holidays. Every Boxing Day the whole town puts on their Welly boots and heads across farmers’ fields to a little pub called the Coach and Horses. There’s a hose outside to rinse off your boots before you go in, and inside the pub it smells like mulled wine, dirt, and a wood-burning fireplace. It takes a half an hour to get your first drink, and only five minutes before you get your next one.