Wrocław women blow socks off the Irish with their cheery sock designs
Two Polish women are making a splash in Ireland with their colourful socks.
Joanna Zalech and Aleksandra Kiełdanowicz (who go by Joanna and Alex and are both from Wrocław), founded Irish Socksciety three years ago.
Based in Galway on Ireland’s west coast, the two friends said: “We are the kind of people who usually wear baggy, black or grey clothes but socks, socks are very special to us.
“We choose them very carefully, sometimes odd socks, sometimes patterned or themed and always lots of colour.”
Their online shop is a whirl of colour, with socks decorated with everything from the Irish landscape (with cows and sheep) to popular sports like rugby and hurling, one of Ireland’s native Gaelic games.
As the company’s website says: “Irish Socksciety loves all that is quirky and humorous of contemporary Ireland.”
Since launching their business, the duo has sold almost 100,000 socks, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar among their fans.
Varadkar, who has headed the Irish government since 2017, has been snapped wearing Irish Socksciety socks more than once.
A photo from 2017 shows him at an EU summit in Sweden wearing the bright green hurling socks, which are decorated with hurling sticks and balls.
The cheerful socks contrast with his formal leather shoes and suit. In the photo, Varadkar is showing them off to Theresa May, who was prime minister of Britain at the time.
Another photo shows him wearing yellow Daffodil Day socks, for which Irish Socksciety teamed up with the Irish Cancer Society, with part of the funds going towards research and support for people affected by cancer in Ireland.
The socks feature daffodils and the words “walk all over cancer” on the sole.
As the Irish Socksciety website puts it: “Sharing is caring are they say and even though we are a small business we do our best to support those in need. One foot at a time.”
Irish Socksciety are sold on the company’s website, including as subscription packages, and at local shops around Ireland.