Yes. At the end of the complementary design process, in which you’ll have unlimited control over the creative direction, you’ll receive a digital mockup. This is exactly what we’ll send to the factory and is provided within one to two business days after payment of your invoice or before if you request it. If it’s not exactly what you were imagining, send it back for further perfecting — and if it’s exactly what you want, send it to our factories immediately by approving it.
Yes, but it’s not always a recommended option. Photos and other designs with many colors and color gradients can only be achieved with dye sublimated sock styles, and the poly-blend material used for dye sublimated will stretch out when worn, distrorting your photo and exposing the white fabric behing the printed surface.
In any case, the photograph or artwork must be a high-resolution JPEG, TIFF, AI or PSD file above 300 DPI in order to prevent fuzzy or unclear prints. If you are unable to provide a high resolution photograph digital image meeting this specification, we cannot recommend printing a photograph onto your socks.
For full-color digital printing of designs that are not photographs but have many colors and/or color gradients – like logos or artwork – we still suggest that you provide a high resolution digital image meeting the above requirements. Our design team can provide complimentary assistance in in digitizing/vectorizing these images. Occasionally this process will add to your turnaround time.
Yes. But to ensure optimal legibility, letters for knitted socks should be at least 1/2″ to 3/4″ tall for jacquard weave, and letters should be at least 1/4″ tall for sublimated socks designs (but may become less legible when worn/stretched).
There are three kinds of thickness that can add increasing levels of warmth to your knit socks:
• 40-45 g as standard thickness
• 50-65 g as extra thickness
• 70-85 g as super thickness
Sublimated socks have a default thickness that cannot be changed.
Knit socks’ default thickness varies by style. Dress socks will be the finest fabric, and the athletic series will have the the thickest, plushest fabric.
Yes, you can. But since both knit and dye-sublimation methods require separate manufacturing setup processes for every size, we will prepare separate orders for you. These orders, called AB orders, can be delivered together in the same timeframe as a standalone order.
We list our sizes in small, medium, large and extra-large. These sizes are suitable for both men and women, and can be easily viewed in the size chart under the pricing table in order to determine the best size for you.
We are fully capable of creating knit socks with custom measurements, but dye-sublimated socks are available in listed sizes.
The height of knitted socks is measured from the top of the ankle to the ribtop (very highest point on the leg) and are listed below. We are able to knit custom heights and sizes, too, but there may be an upcharge as determined on a case-by-case basis.
• No Show Socks: ≈0″ height (sock is cut at or below ankle)
• Ankle Socks: ≈1.5″ height
• Crew Socks: ≈6 inch height
• Knee-High Socks: ≈11 inch height
Dye-sublimated socks are only available in listed sizes and cannot be customized.
For knit socks we are able to professionally Pantone match thread colors. With dye-sublimated socks, we can closely match your color preferences but the colors are not always exactly the same as the ones given; this is simply the nature of dye sublimation.
For knitted socks, a standard limit of up to five different colors are ideal. More than five colors can be used but a small surcharge may apply; additionally the weave will become less exact.
Dye sublimated socks can accept unlimited colors and color gradients, but for the best results we recommend designs with bold contrasting colors with thick figures.
We can print designs on all sides of your socks, but there may be some “sublimation void” lines — lines or creases of fabric that remain white even after sublimation printing.
All socks are steamed flat before undergoing the dye sublimation printing process — socks with a shaped heel often have a white line along the top center of your sock and along the bottom center that is unavoidable. Tube socks are pressed top to bottom, so there may be a similar line along the left and right sides of sublimated tube socks.
Yes — this is an unavoidable occurance in the world of dye sublimated socks as we cannot predict how the image will form around your individual feet (yet). When stretched, the density of your printed design surface will also stretch so the unprinted white inner fabric will show. This will cause your colors to be less bold than when they’re in your sock drawer.
We do offer “blackout” sublimated sock styles, which have a black inner fabric, which when stretched, contrasts less with dark colored dye sublimated designs.
The term “blackout” refers to two advantageous options for sublimated sock printing. First, blackout socks feature an area of black fabric at the toe and/or heel of the sock. This will help you avoid “sublimation voids,” or unattractive lines or creases of fabric that remain white even after sublimation printing. Secondly, it refers to the second layer of the sock which can be black. This means that blackout styles are especially appropriate for dark sublimated designs, because when worn the fabric stretches and reveals the second black layer, which is much less visible than a white second layer.
Like most things involving custom clothing, this one’s best explained visually.
Here’s an image where we’ve placed all the vital information and graphics on a sample image within a zone called “safety,” but extended the image past our desired “trim” point into the “bleed.” Read the following and you too will be able to speak industry jargon:
This is the the perimeter around your image that will be cut off but gives us working space. Please include a .125″ bleed around your images — this would turn a 6″x4” item into 6.25”x4.25”.
This is where we cut the “bleed” off to achieve the desired size. To ensure legibility and a better aesthetic vital graphics and text should not run up against the trim.
This is where all vital graphics must go to guarantee their not being cut. “Safety” is .125” within your desired trim point; you’ll see we’ve placed all our vital text within this zone.
No, you can only print on the exterior. The inside will always resemble the exterior’s reverse and faintly due to the nature of the printing method. Besides, it’s the exterior you’re showing off.
For most knit socks orders, we manufacture a sample for you as a final check before full production. We will email you a photograph of this sample for free, and give you the opportunity to request edits or approve the sample for full-scale manufacture. We assure you that the full run will exactly resemble this photographic sample.
If you’d like a physical sample for the full tactile experience, there will be additional shipping fees as, and your turnaround time will increase by 4 to 5 days. We do not provide sample orders at discounted pricing; your full invoice must be paid before we produce a sample.
We do not provide samples for dye sublimated socks orders.
We put a lot of thought into our prices. Some of the more important variables are quantity, stylistic add-ons, size and “surface area” of the modifications — i.e., how much printing, sowing or other graphically-related work does the project require? The person most equipped to give you a price for your product is your sale representative or our useful DIY — both can give you a detailed analysis of your quote and what things featured into our per-item price. Happy hunting!
No, we don’t. If you’re looking for a no-minimum socks producer, we’re one of the few folks who do that. Still, we recommend that if you’re going the through trouble to order one pair, you might as well have a dozen or more made — your sales representative would be happy to show how the per-price unit goes down tremendously after even ten items. That’s because we spread the cost of your unique custom socks’ set-up across however many that you order.
That said, if you want something that’s truly one of a kind, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be happy to make a limited edition run of just one.