Every time I visit the Mes Chaussettes Rouges shop I am more and more impressed. If you have followed me since the beginning you will know that I have always been a big fan of not only the company but also the founders Vincent Metzger and Jacques Tiberghien. We all started around the same time and are around the same age. As the industry can be a tough place, we became friends and always did business together, helping each other out. Since then, I have always done my trunk shows in Paris with them. So, as I was here and it has been 6 years since my last visit, I thought to update all of you on what you can now find at one of my all-time favorite shops.
They have expanded a lot since my last visit. Not only in product but also in size, now owning what feels like half the block. This storefront you see here is just the shop. But there is a basement, and a showroom next door. The inventory became so large (which used to be in the basement) that they had to move it to an actual storage facility outside of Paris. That’s growth! And what you cannot see in the photo is nearly an identical facade piece with their logo/coloring down the road which really gives the impression of ‘owning half the block.’
It is impressive to see their growth, not only only but physically. And this is just the store in Paris. Since my last visit, they also opened one in Lyon, France. Even more impressive is that they have managed to do this all themselves: the original two owners. That is what I admire most.
I really love Mes Chaussettes Rouges products. They select from some of the best sockmakers in the world and do a great job at curating a very cohesive and practical collection. They literally have a bit of everything. From plain socks to bold socks, thin socks to thick ones, and nearly any color you could dream up. My favorites are the striped ones and the Houndstooth. You will often catch me showing these on Instagram. But if I am going to be honest, the ones that I wear the absolute most are the plain navy and black ones. You don’t even want to know how many pairs I have of each.
Most people do not like the idea of spending a lot of money on socks. And I get it. $30 for a pair of socks is a tough pill to swallow. But the reality is, that if you wear fine shoes with fine lining, it actually matters. Especially if you live in a humid place and/or perspire. A cheap sock doesn’t breathe and sticks to your lining. And there is nothing more uncomfortable than that. Also, cheap socks won’t stay on your leg. They fall down. A falling sock is among my biggest pet peeves. But good quality materials not only help your feet breathe in heat but also are made to stay up. At least, two very important things for me.
So, if you are ever in Paris, or Lyon for that matter, make sure to check out the Mes Chaussettes Rouges shop. The owners are great guys with a great business and a great product offering!
Learn more: https://meschaussettesrouges.com/