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MEET THE DESIGNER: THIS NIGHT

This Night
Kate Williamson SHOP ALL
Unlike most kids, Kate Williamson couldn’t imagine a better gift than a new set of socks—maybe it had something to do with the fact that her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, had a long history of producing hosiery? Whatever the reason, the groundwork had been laid for what she calls “the sock epiphany of 1999.” While her dad was driving her home from college for winter break one year, she remembers it like this: “I was sort of in between being asleep and awake, and I had this sudden vision ... READ MORE

Unlike most kids, Kate Williamson couldn’t imagine a better gift than a new set of socks—maybe it had something to do with the fact that her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, had a long history of producing hosiery? Whatever the reason, the groundwork had been laid for what she calls “the sock epiphany of 1999.” While her dad was driving her home from college for winter break one year, she remembers it like this: “I was sort of in between being asleep and awake, and I had this sudden vision of snowflake socks. And then I thought, oh my goodness, socks! That’s what I should do. I should be a sock designer!”

For the next handful of years, she started a slow and steady course towards making that dream a reality, practicing her design skills as a freelance illustrator and moving to Kyoto, the land of the most adorable feet accessories, for a year. “Japan is like sock paradise because you take off your shoes when you enter a home, so they should match, not have holes, and be interesting. That one year has provided me with a lifetime of sock inspiration,” she says. It also provided the name for her collection, This Night, which is a reference to an ancient Japanese poem by Minamoto Nobuakira. After landing back stateside, Kate brought things full circle in 2006, working with the one remaining knitting mill in Reading to make her own downy soft line, adorned with abstract, blocky prints, charmingly haphazard dots, and classic stripes—patterns that are even cooler than that first vision of snowflakes that danced in her head. —courtney conway

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