There’s a buzz – or energetic marketing department – around some Devon socks, that could be the ideal stocking, let alone filler, for this Christmas.
Yes, socks or the new soccs (as they used to say), and the onces from John Arbon Textiles are made from ‘fibre sourced largely from locally grazed Exmoor sheep and alpacas’.
An affordable slice of luxury, boasts the press release… with prices starting a £11.50 a pair.
“The yarn used is made on vintage machines at John Arbon Textiles’ mill in South Molton, Devon – one of only a handful of small-scale worsted spinning and processing mills that still exist in the UK today.
“The company was launched in 2000 by former punk / textiles graduate John Arbon, born out of John’s idea of creating his own British made wool products in the South West, utilising sustainable and local fibre resources wherever possible.
“John spent years scouring the country for the old Mill machinery that he uses, many of which he dismantled, moved, re-assembled and re-conditioned himself – some of which date back to the 1900s. A family business, John runs John Arbon Textiles with his wife, former record company creative Juliet Sensicle.
“Some of the most popular socks in the range include The Stanbury Walker – the sturdy Exmoor walking sock named after the local Exmoor sheep farmer John Stanbury. The sock is made of wool from the fleece of his sheep, the Exmoor Blueface – perfect for the production of top quality, hardwearing sock yarn
You can browse and buy the full collection of John Arbon Textiles socks at www.jarbon.com or visit their shop by the seaside in Lynton, Devon.