OUR STORY

I want to wear something that is life-sized but still makes sense. With this in mind, we would like to introduce some of the manufacturing methods of MARCOMONDE, which focuses on comfort and produces products that people really want in Japan.

FACTORY

To some people, socks are nothing more than an everyday item, but they can also be considered a silent artistic expression that speaks at the end. Fashion is an expression of attitude through the language of fashion, which is transmitted silently with every movement of the body, so it is not something that can be completed overnight in order to create something that will continue to be chosen by people who burn their inner passion for the ideal way of dressing. .


MARCOMONDE, which manufactures all its products in Japan, is supported by its commitment to high-quality materials and the technical strength of the craftsmen at its long-established factories. The softness that makes you pick it up without realizing it, the elasticity that envelops it in its smoothness, the way it fits when you put it on...behind these lies the craftsmen's experience and aesthetic sense. MARCOMONDE would not exist without their pride in putting their soul and soul into the stitches of less than 1mm .

Koryo Town in Nara Prefecture was a town where cotton cultivation was popular. Spinning technology developed as a result of agriculture, and the hosiery industry began around 1901 with manufacturing machines brought from overseas. The history of the hosiery industry, which flourished throughout Nara thanks to its location near the commercially prosperous Osaka, has continued up to the present day along with advances in technology.

The steps to make a single pair of socks vary depending on the factory. Product composition actually depends to a large extent on the performance of the machine. The general process for making socks is to first knit the fabric into a tube, turn it over, sew on the toes, turn it inside out again, and then put it in a press. In the end, the items are shipped after the display printing, banding, and bagging are done by the craftsmen working on the set for commercialization.

Many of our Tabi socks are made in factories that specialize in pile socks, men's socks, and tights. This factory employs in-house craftsmen who work by hand, and once the socks are finished, they are engraved with the display print that is attached at the end, and the toes and ankles are fastened with thread. Due to the delicate work involved, the limit is 50 to 60 pairs a day. Beautiful products are created through a process called ``higekiri,'' which uses a brilliant scissor technique to process the end of the mouthpiece.

While machines are generally used to make the two-fingered MARCOMONDE Tavi socks, they are made by hand. The delicate shape of the fingers created by craftsmen creates a balance that is impossible with machines. Short, machine-made fingertips go against aesthetics, so the chevrons are sewn evenly by the craftsmen as if by a machine. The extraordinary hand skills show off the difference beautifully and clearly the moment you take off your shoes.

The seamless seams found on men's socks are made using a technique called linking, which prevents pressure on the fingers due to the seams. Achieving smooth toes through seamlessness requires the daunting task of hooking each stitch of less than 1 mm onto a rotating disc with countless needles, without missing a single stitch. It takes more than a year of experience for a craftsman to be able to operate a specialized machine that intermittently produces 200 pairs per day . It's extremely rare for anything other than mass-produced men's socks to use this machine, which can make you dizzy just by looking at it. However, this release from rut is one of the brand's passions.

There are rows of sock knitting machines made of countless thin needles. The key to factory management is to operate these machines efficiently, but good socks cannot be made without making slight adjustments each time threads of different materials, thicknesses, and thicknesses are threaded through. It is a painstaking process, but if you make a mistake in adjusting the balance of the needles or the tension of the thread, there will be large errors in the texture of the finished knitting. So repeat this many times a day. Even the smallest dust can be deadly here. Animal-based materials such as silk and wool have proteins such as sericin attached to them, which can cause the machine to malfunction if left untreated, so maintenance is essential. Mornings at the factory begin with cleaning the machines.

After passing through the knitting machine, the socks are passed through a press to make them into finished products. If this is not done properly, the look of the socks will be ruined. Depending on the material, thickness, and color, the appropriate amount of output, temperature, and even the order of flow will be affected. As the conveyor belt continues to flow, the metal plates are replaced and socks are placed over them. The assembly line progresses with a pleasant rhythm.

This press factory, which has been in business for over 60 years, is home to machines. If something breaks, I keep trying to fix it, and when I run out of things, I might close the factory. Rise and fall may be an irresistible trend of the times. However, as problems arise such as aging machinery and the absence of successors, there is a mutual relationship between preserving careful and high-quality manufacturing and ensuring that buyers deeply understand the value of good products. That's how it works. There are limits to what a person can acquire in a lifetime. The quality of the things we surround ourselves with may be reflected in the way we live.

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