The second-generation owner of a Surry County hosiery mill is helping keep a North Carolina legacy industry alive. His company’s 21st-century socks feature bold designs and high-quality fabrics geared to dedicated lovers of the outdoors.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, hundreds of textile mills — which produced everything from socks to blue jeans — supported a booming industry that created entire communities, turned North Carolina into a manufacturing powerhouse, and helped to weave the very fabric of our state.
By the early 20th century, the “Big Three” industries that dominated North Carolina were textile, furniture, and tobacco. Within a few decades, North Carolina earned its place as the center of textile manufacturing in the country. As businesses expanded to match the growing demand, an abundance of labor and use of quality fabrics led the path to capital success.