Few items of dress are as necessary yet neglected than socks. Far too often they are an after thought that all too easily can become undervalued and mismatched before the odd hole, wear and tear forces them to hide in embarrassment inside their leather incarceration. The festive season is one of the few occasions in which socks are given a stage to perform. Wrapped up in all manner of finery and fanfare, watching cousins hang proudly above fireplaces and prominently positioned on the edges beds, socks are presented to hard-to-buy-for friends and they-have-everything-already family members. Just when they think they’re about to receive the recognition that they truly deserve, they are met with indifference, scrunched up and used as a protective cotton shield around more valuable items. Dependable yet derided, I feel for socks at this time of year. Thankfully, there are a few people out there who cherish them and Will Hudson, founder and director of It’s Nice That, sits amongst them with Paul Smith’s iconic, spectrum showcasing stripes peaking between the creative camouflage of his everyday uniform. With an eye ever scanning for niceties it pauses over the festive go-to gift. Here, he tells us why…
Will Hudson and the striped splash of something unexpected
“For anyone that knows me, you’re probably surprised to find me invited to contribute any thoughts about fashion. For anyone that doesn’t know me I should explain – I wear the same jeans and grey T-shirt or white shirt most of the year (even when not at work). This isn’t because I’m not interested in fashion but because I sit slightly outside the average percentile that most clothes are manufactured for. I’m 6’4 and ‘heavy’ (this isn’t the place to reveal certain information) and find it difficult to find clothes I feel comfortable in, let alone I’d leave the house in.
As a result I have always opted to play it safe. The little luxury I do have though comes in the ‘one size fits most’ category and the smallest of things can make a difference. As a result, Paul Smith socks, with all their colour, bring a smile even when paired with the plainest ensemble.”Will Hudson
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