SOCKS

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?
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.

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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.

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

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Urban Drawer: Fun, Modern Patterns for Your Feet

Run by the talented sister duo of Natalie and Vanessa Frederick, Urban Drawer is an Edmonton-based sock and accessories company with a passion for fine details. They design unique, fun, and modern patterns for men, women, and kids to fit your everyday lifestyle! Catch them at the Bison both weekends, follow them on Instagram (@shopurbandrawer) and Twitter (@shopurbandrawer) to see more of their work and read on to discover what inspires these sisters!

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Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Urban Drawer:
When it comes to designing sock patterns, expressions without words draw me in.

RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
UD:
This season we have updated how we've branded our socks. Plus, we are excited to share new designs made with softer materials.

RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
UD:
Our mix of colour and geometric feel. Our designs are modern and abstracts of everyday things.

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RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
UD:
We feel privileged to be part of Edmonton's unique and thriving creative community.

RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
UD:
Really love the products and the whole vibe of the stationary brand, Baron Fig.

RB: Do you have a favorite holiday tradition you can share with us?
UD:
Going outdoor skating on New Year’s Day!

Visit Urban Drawer’s website to discover more of the styles they’ll be bringing to the Royal Bison: www.shopurbandrawer.com

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Freshen Up Your Sock Collection with Urban Drawer Designs

There's a uniquely satisfying feeling you get from throwing on a snappy pair of socks that you just KNOW people are going to notice and love. Natalie and Vanessa, sisters and co-creators of Urban Drawer Designs - an Edmonton based sock and accessories company - make exactly those socks! They first joined us at Bison in December of 2016, and we are proud to have them vend with us again this spring! You can catch up with Urban Drawer's progress on instagram/twitter (@shopurbandrawer) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring the sisters to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
UBD: It’s a creative outlet that brings joy.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
UBD: We have four new crew sock designs. We are also bringing some new cactus designed ankle socks and 3 other ankle sock designs for summer.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
UBD: We have some new design ideas inspired by the symmetry of nature and geometric shapes. For example, the exterior of a pineapple, inspired one of our upcoming designs. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
UBD: One of our creative crushes is Christopher Niemann. We are admiring his Sunday sketches and his ability to incorporate everyday objects into them. Brilliant!

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to see the rest of Urban Drawers wonderful collection.

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Roll Up Those Pant Cuffs Confidently With Urban Drawer

Urban Drawer is a sock company based in Edmonton, AB. We design fun and modern socks to keep your feet looking awesome.  Our designs are inspired by the qualities of city life and we wanted to make stylish socks that could be worn every day.  We hand select the colour threads and our adult socks are made out of combed cotton for extra softness and durability. Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick started working together on this project in 2015 and are joining us for the first time in November - and we are SO happy to see their new work! You can keep up to date with urban Drawer by following them on instagram / twitter and do yourself a favour a read on down below to see how they responded to our Q&A:

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist?
UD: We can influence the world around us. We get to place our mark on our city in some tiny or large way. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
UD: Currently rock ‘in out to Sampha, London Grammar, and reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. 

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
UD: A rad orange tuque from our friends at Flannel Foxes.

Head on over to www.shopurbandrawer.com to check out their full collection of socks and shop around for the pairs you wanna pick up yourself and others this holiday season! Woot! We love cool socks!

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Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick

Natalie Frederick and Vanessa Frederick

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:  

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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 www.fridaysock.co.

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Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.

Adam Thompson, owner and operator of Friday Sock Co.