When you discover something that captivates you, you want to share it with the whole world. That’s what Jacques Tiberghien and Vincent Metzger did after they discovered the house of Gammarelli, tailors to the pope, cardinals and bishops of Rome. They loved the red socks the cardinals wore so much that they bought a hundred pairs from Gammarelli and sold them to friends. They went back for more socks and eventually convinced Gammarelli to allow them to sell their socks online exclusively, thus Mes Chaussettes Rouges (“My Red Socks”) was born.
Mazarin, the second exclusive sock brand carried by Mes Chaussettes Rouges, was originally conceived by Alain Stark of Parisian bespoke tailoring house Stark & Sons. The original goal of Mazarin was to provide over-the-calf socks in the exact shade of green required to match the tailcoats worn by members of L’Academie Française (“The French Academy”) which were, of course, made by Stark & Sons. L’Academie Française is the leading institution in France for the French language.
I received three pairs of Mazarin over-the-calf cotton socks after Jacques Tiberghien got in touch with me. I chose three colours: navy, European blue and Emerald green. The colours of the European blue and green socks look amazingly vibrant. All socks are made from 100% fine mercerised cotton; most likely Egyptian. The socks are knitted in Milan, Italy on machines with 240 needles making them feel lightweight, airy and almost see-through.
Mazarin socks come in UK sizes 2-15 (US 1-16) and they fit very well with the ribbing just right below my knees (I stand 5’9″). The heel and toe areas are reinforced. As expected the toes are hand-linked. I’ve worn them on a few occasions and they feel like wearing next to nothing. The ribbing holds the socks up well and I have never found myself pulling them up. The colours look amazing and would definitely turn some heads. At 20 euros (Php ~1,146) for a pair of cotton socks they’re a great value compared to other brands.