Friday Sock Co: Mismatched Fun

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!

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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?
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?
Tough one. I guess I’m doing my own thing and hopefully it shows in my work.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Calgary creative community?
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!
Adrianmartinus! Salgado Fenwick! Heather Buchanan!

RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
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.

Visit Friday Sock Co’s website to see more of what products they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison:

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Thank God, It's Friday Sock Co.!

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co., established the brand in the spring of 2014 as a creative outlet while he toiled away in an 8-5 sales job. Adam has said "I was the "sock guy" in the office and wanted to push the envelope on my own personal sock game. I thought of a fun idea to mismatch socks while retaining a theme and/or colour combination, and when I couldn't find a similar product in the marketplace, I decided to design my own." We love that creative drive! Adam will be bringing his rad socks to our December weekend and we're excited to see the new stock! You can keep up with Adams Friday Sock Co. online on instagram / twitter and read on down below to see how he responded to our Q&A:  


Q: What does it mean to be an Albertan maker/designer/artist?
FSC: It means I get to belong to a group of awesome individuals who continue to inspire me every day. We are a province of talented creatives. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
FSC: I keep updated on what’s happening in the general textile and knitwear industry, and am influenced by symbiotic relationships in every day life. I’m always observing things that are different, but that also go together, and thinking about how/if it can work on a sock design. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
FSC: That’s a tough one! I have a lot of items from Bison artists and they’re all great. Can’t really say I have a favourite… They’re all favourites!

In January 2017 Adam was able to visit his manufacturing partner; a small family owned sock producer in Italy. He had this to say about them: "We are incredibly proud to have our socks made in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. The factory itself has been with the same family for three generations." You can check out Friday Sock Co.'s full collection of their work at

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.