A Galway socks company, Irish Socksciety, which has walked into the sock drawers of people all over Ireland, Europe and as far afield as Australia, is celebrating turning one by launching a wearable art collection.
The business – based in Liosbán in the city – was born out of love for Ireland but it has become the passion of Polish co-founders, Alex and Joanna Zalech’s lives.
Irish Socksciety have now joined forces with Irish artist Shane O’Malley to launch their first artist edition socks. Emerging from Ireland’s vibrant graffiti subculture, O’Malley works in the mediums of paint, murals and art installations and he stole Alex’s and Joanna’s hearts with bold colours and simple geometric shapes to communicate challenging concepts.
His work focuses on the themes of identity, mental and emotional health, journey and self-hood, making it a very powerful pairing with the sock designers, who believe that, “even socks can be a good medium to carry a happy and inspiring message.”
“Although we are celebrating our first year in the socks’ business it feels like we’ve been doing it for many years. It’s all down to the people, the laughs, the orders, the awards, the colour pallet, the letters and postal orders received from the eldest of fans and hugs received from the youngest, the press, the trade shows and all of the thousands of socks that the us two Polish gals have produced in the past months,” laughed Joanna Zalech Co-Owner of Irish Socksciety.