You wouldn't know it from this video that nearby fires made the air quality in SF really poor and hard to breathe.
This is my favorite market in the Bay Area. The scenery itself makes it worth it, but in addition you find unique items for sale, awesome food, music, and for some reason, the best dressed people strolling by.
All images on our socks are commissioned works created by artists. We didn't have to do that; there are plenty of images we could have reused that are out there. Many sock companies chose that route. We didn't. Not because we were looking to create the best looking socks, but because we love working with artists. In fact, Culture Sock is just an unintended result of looking for a reason to work with talented people. Anyway... meet our newest talent, Maksim. More about him here.
August is "Admit You are Happy Month"! I kid you not. Are there many people who hide their happiness from others? I didn't realize that. I thought it was more likely that folks hide being sad. Or maybe the idea is that we are all secretly happy and all it takes is to admit it - you automatically become happy if you just admit it. Whoever tries this, please let me know how it works out for you.
We really enjoyed having Chloe working with us. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors! Below are her thoughtful reflections on the past few months.
Working for Culture Sock was a privilege, but unfortunately my internship is coming to an end. Through Culture Sock, I’ve been able to improve and develop new skills that will benefit me in the future for job opportunities, school work, and life in general. These skills include social media management, sales, and research, which are all very useful skills to obtain. Culture Sock has also taught me a lot about the retail industry and how things are sold, how they’re purchased, where they are made, and just the process behind everything that goes into retail. It was cool to get an inside scoop on how things operate in a business and opened my eyes and mind up to make me realize how people, including myself, take for granted all the work that goes into the little things of producing and selling merchandise. I was pleasantly surprised that this internship didn’t feel like a job, but instead felt like a club or a community full of creativity and unity. I think the fact that my job consisted of going to festivals such as the Frida Kahlo Festival, and gave me the freedom of exploring the vibrant atmosphere of the festival really helped me absorb the beautiful community and made me realize how lucky I am to have been able to work for a company that embraces and encourages creativity and diversity. However, it also consisted of having to do detailed research and social media managing, which were challenging tasks at times but overall manageable. Reasons like that is why I think I really enjoyed working for this company so much and why I am sad to be leaving it. In conclusion, I am so happy that I was able to experience the things I did and I am excited to take on the world with more knowledge now and a new set of skills.
- Chloe Hibser
After participating in the lovely Frida Kahlo festival last weekend, Culture Sock is grateful to say we were able to experience and be apart of the beautiful and vibrant community in the Mission and the culture that Frida Kahlo has created. Frida Kahlo has built her own empire of art and ideologies that have continued to grow and thrive even after her death. During the festival, everyone was very lively, laughing and dancing to the music. Dancers swaying their hips back and forth, twirling their partners from left to right. Musicians connecting their souls to their instruments, bringing joy and excitement to the audience. Everyone seemed to be in perfect unity, even though we all came from different walks of life and all had unique personalities. It was a lot to absorb at first, but then when you looked around and observed how happy everyone else looked, it all just seemed so natural, like this is how simple life is supposed to be. I believe that that very realization is why artists such as Frida Kahlo did what they did; brought people of all walks of life together and just simply celebrated the world we live in and life itself.
Culture sock really enjoyed seeing all of the artwork and the super cool and creative Frida Kahlo costumes. The food was also delicious and the agua fresca was super refreshing. It was also great to see how interested people were in our socks and we loved seeing their positive reactions when they came to our booth and were admiring the uniqueness and creativeness of our novelty Frida Kahlo socks! Overall, the Frida Kahlo Festival was a fun celebration in honor of Frida Kahlo and is an experience that Culture Sock was proud to be apart of and will forever cherish!!
- Chloe Hibser
As some of you may know, here at Culture Sock, we are huge fans of Frida Kahlo and are excited to celebrate her upcoming birthday on July 6th!! I think our Frida Kahlo novelty socks symbolize a bit of our admiration and respect towards the renowned artist. Frida Kahlo is known and praised for her symbolic artwork and her modern sense of style. Similar to Frida, Culture Sock incorporates a lot symbolism and a modern twist to their socks. For example, the set of Frida Kahlo socks have 3 images, one of Frida Kahlo, her husband, Diego Rivera, and her lover, Leon Trotsky. These images symbolize the relationships Frida had with men and how she broke the gender stereotypes of women that were strongly enforced during that time period (late 1920s). The stereotypes of that time included women only being allowed one husband or one significant other in their life, however their husbands could have as many wives as they pleased, without any disgust or judgement from others. In addition, I think Frida’s work and actions were so revolutionary because she disregarded the sexists / prejudice beliefs that were so heavily imposed on society during that time. This may be one of the reasons why her work today is so highly appreciated and respected. So we honor Frida Kahlo and all of her radical work that she’s done in changing society and improving the way we live and the way we look at the world. So happy early birthday Frida Kahlo and may you rest in peace!! 🙏💗
- Chloe Hibser
Greetings fellow Culture Sock fans! My name is Chloe Hibser and I am proud to be representing and working with the Culture Sock company. I started working for the company this summer and immediately developed a strong interest for the designs of the socks and the meaning of the imagery on the socks. Each sock has a thoughtful and creative story behind them that will persuade you into purchasing them, not only for the style factor but also for the significant aspect. These socks include political and social figures such as Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Frida Khalo and Sigmund Freud all with different backgrounds and meanings. This company’s foundation is located in San Francisco and really captures the quirky and unique San Francisco community. I myself am a San Francisco native and have experienced all of the diversity and culture that make up the composition of the city. In addition, the socks that this company produces, celebrates and supports the same culture and diversity that is admired here in the beautiful city of San Francisco, which really tells you a lot about the characteristics of this company. I hope more people will become as invested into this company as I am, and will recognize the culture and identity attached to this company!! I mean after all it is called Culture Sock, so I hope you’ll be a part of this and the vibrant culture!!