August 08, 2016
KNOWLEDGE

Perfect fit
Japanese socks

はき心地バツグン、日本の靴下

How many pairs of socks do you have in your wardrobe? How many of these are in daily use? Every day you take ones from many other rushing socks packed into a drawer. Those might be Japanese-made. Why? Japanese socks are comfortable. People keep choosing nice, comfortable pair of socks day after day. Although having lots of socks, don’t you put on just two or three pairs of them in turn repeatedly?

Here is a company that sticks to “Made in Japan”and continues its efforts to make socks with high quality which people love to wear every day. Let us introduce how wonderful Japanese pairs of socks are through manufacturing of “Tabio” -the integrated company of socks.

あなたは靴下を何足持っていますか? そのうち履いているのは何足? 引き出しいっぱいに詰められうごめく靴下たちから、毎日手に取る靴下。もしかしたらそれ、日本製かもしれません。なぜなら日本の靴下は履き心地が良く、私たちは知らず知らずのうちに快適な靴下を選び続けているから。限られた何足かを、順番に繰り返し履いている人も多いのでは?
そんな毎日履いてもらえる高品質な靴下を目指して、“Made in Japan”にこだわり靴下を作り続けている会社がある。靴下の総合企業「Tabio(タビオ)」のものづくりを通じて、日本の靴下の素晴らしさを紹介します。

How socks are made?

Tabio uses different weaving machines by types of socks. Thus, how Tabio makes socks begins searching a plant which owns the machine when it has decided what to make. Tabio now developing brands such as “Tabio” and “Kutsushitaya” produces about 6000 types during a season when color variations are counted. When it comes to say such a large-scale production, you might think socks are made in its own factory or manufacturing plants overseas. However, Tabio produces all the socks in subcontract factories in Japan. That is because reliable workmen are there. Tabio believes it is not a machine but a workman that produces pairs of socks.

When the machine has decided, then it knits socks. Here is the process of knitting the stitches of heel and toe that Tabio is particular about. The heel and toe parts of socks are knitted wider than normal ones, which makes Tabio’s socks close-fitting and non-slip. If the process is shortened, the amount of production will increase. However, Tabio considers comfortableness is more important than quantity. By knitting slowly and carefully, socks gradually become comfortable and perfect.

The next step is sewing cylindrical shaped toes one at a time by using a sewing machine. This part seems simple only by sewing but it’s very important as the finished stitches depend on how to engage the stitching parts. A man of long experience finely finishes with his exquisite skill of adjustment. Finally, socks are matched into pairs after ironing and the final check. Comfortable and well-fitted socks are completed through tagging and inspection.

靴下はどうやってできる?

タビオの靴下づくりは、まずどんな靴下を作りたいかで編み立てる機械を変え、その機械がある工場を探すことから始まる。《Tabio》や《靴下屋》など複数のブランドを展開するタビオが1シーズンで作る靴下は、カラーバリエーションも入れると約6000型以上。そんな大規模な生産なら、自社工場や海外の工場で生産するイメージがあるが、タビオはすべて日本国内の協力工場で作る。理由は、信頼する職人さんがいるから。靴下を作るのは「機械」ではなく「職人」とタビオは考えているのだ。
機械が決まれば、靴下を編み立てていく作業に入る。ここでタビオがこだわるのが、かかととつま先を編む工程。足にフィットしズレにくいタビオの靴下は、かかととつま先の部分が一般的な靴下よりも幅広に編まれる。この工程を短くすれば生産量もアップするが、タビオでは量より履き心地を重視。ゆっくりと丁寧に編み上げることで、履き心地の良い完璧な靴下になっていく。
次は筒状につながっていた靴下のつま先を、一足一足ミシンで縫い合わせる作業。一見縫うだけの簡単な作業でも、縫製部分の咬み込ませ方で縫い目のできあがりが大きく変わる重要な部分。長年の経験による絶妙な調節で、職人が綺麗に仕上げていく。
最後にピシッとアイロンをかけ、最終チェックされた靴下を2枚で一足のペアに。その後タグ付けや検針の工程を経て、履き心地抜群の靴下が完成する。

Antislip and close-fitting socks
-here are recommendations

Thus, as almost all processes are touched by human hands with courtesy, Tabio’s socks make you feel good as if they are custom-made. Every item is masterpiece but especially among them here are recommendations of “nsty”editorial staff. First is the Kutsushitaya’s long-seller item “cotton blended plain socks (amazingly, the price is 540 yen, tax included!).” It has soft touch by using high quality supima cotton, with elastic fitting feeling. You would be happy about a calculated length which makes the legs of a wearer look slim.

Also we recommend Tabio’s “Silkette 4×2 rib short socks (864 yen, tax included)” made of mercerized yarn characterized by gloss like silk. Having an elegant impression, it goes well with styles that feel more dressy such as wearing pumps. A moderate feeling of fitting makes you feel very nice when passing the legs through.

The last is “back strap cover sockettes (648 yen, tax included)” of Kutsushitaya. Although there are several types of socks for pumps sold from other companies, this cover sock hardly comes off with a back strap to hook around a heel. Have you ever experienced the unpleasantness of a footcover steadily coming off in the shoe while wearing? This makes your life comfortable.

These three items provide rich color variation so that can fit any coordination, which is very attractive. It might be fun to buy and collect new pairs of socks when new color is released every season.

ズレずに快適。オススメ靴下

ほとんどの工程に人の手がかけられ丁寧に作られた靴下は、まるでオーダーメイドのような履き心地。逸品揃いのタビオのラインナップのなかでも是非オススメしたいのが、《靴下屋》のロングセラー「コットンブレンド無地ソックス(なんと税込540円!)」。高級スーピマ綿を使用したソフトな肌触りで、弾力があるようなフィット感。足が細く見えるよう計算された丈も嬉しい1足だ。
またシルクのような光沢が特徴のシルケット糸で編まれた《Tabio》の「シルケット4×2リブショートソックス(税込864円)」もオススメ。上品な印象なので、パンプスなどのキレイめスタイルにも相性抜群。足を通したときの、程よいフィット感がとても気持ち良い。
最後は《靴下屋》の「バックストラップカバーソックス(税込648円)」。パンプス用の靴下は他でも多数販売されているが、このカバーソックスはかかとに引っ掛けるバックストラップ風のタイプなので、本当に脱げにくい! 女子なら誰でも経験したことがある、あのどんどん脱げてくる不快感がなく快適に過ごせる。
そして3商品とも、どんなコーディネートにも対応する豊富なカラーバリエーションも大きな魅力。毎シーズン新色が出るので、買い足してコレクションしていくのも楽しいかもしれない。

Wonderful things about “Made in Japan”

More and more foreign tourists recently select pairs of socks as souvenirs at Tabio’s shops. Japanese made and reasonable price. The quality of Tabio is highly appreciated in many countries, and it is the result of both the company thinking about “wearer first” and caring about the workmen, and the efforts of such workmen who never give up producing good quality. Both have a high level of consciousness of making socks, which could be the strengths of “Made in Japan.”

When you buy a pair of socks next time, go to Tabio which carries a large selection of socks rich in design and colors to find your favorite one. Then just feel the comfortableness from foot. It’s a cinch that Japanese socks fully pursue the comfortable wearing as a gift or a souvenir make everyone happy.

Socks & Tights Specialist Tabio’s Online Store

www.tabio.com

“Made in Japan”はここがすごい!

タビオでは近年、靴下をお土産として購入する外国人旅行者が増えているという。良心的な価格なのに日本製。海外でも高い評価を得ているタビオのクオリティは、履く人のことを第一に考え職人を大切に思う企業側と、良質なものを作るために妥協しない熟練した職人の技術の賜物なのだ。その両者の高い意識が、“Made in Japan”の強みなのかもしれない。次に靴下を買うときは、デザインもカラーバリエーションも豊富なタビオでお気に入りの1足を見つけて、その履き心地を足元から実感してみては? 履き心地にとことんこだわる日本の靴下なら、贈り物やお土産にも喜ばれること間違いなしです。




靴下専門店Tabio(タビオ)オンラインストア

www.tabio.com

writer / KANA.D
photographer / HIROTO ITAGAKI

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