19 Nov Gold Toe to Launch Slippers
The Gold Toe, which is celebrating its 80th year in 2014, plans to debut its first branded line of slippers for men and women this month.
The venerable sock brand will celebrate its milestone this month with a number of promotions and contests surrounding its 80 years selling socks. It is also partnering with clothing charities on a donation program and introducing line extensions.
“Few American brands have stood the test of time as Gold Toe. We’ve rolled with the whims of cultural and lifestyle changes, and adapted to the ever-evolving dictates of fashion – from three-piece suits and bell-bottoms to leisure suits and casual Fridays,” said Trish McHale, vice president of marketing for Gold Toe. “It’s been a remarkable history, but we’ve made it clear that we don’t live in the past. Our styles, colors and innovation will continue to make us ‘The best socks on two feet™’ for the next 80 years.”
The brand has already moved from making just socks to other dressing essentials for men, women and kids.
“Gold Toe will forever be known as a great American sock, but that doesn’t preclude us from leveraging this proven reputation for style, comfort and durability to expand our portfolio to other apparel items befitting the brand,” said Ms. McHale. “We’re inspired to continue moving this great brand forward.”
And the “G” collection of apparel and accessories is indicative of the Gold Toe brand’s concerted effort to remain contemporary and fashion forward to a younger consumer. The “G” collection offers fashion socks, underwear, T-shirts, active fleece, slippers, and other comfortable and trend-right goods.
Three German immigrants founded the Great American Knitting Mills in Pennsylvania in 1919. When a cousin of one founder’s wife later joined the company, he used his engineering background to develop the “linenized toe.” Irish linen proved to be significantly stronger than cotton, and more resistant to fraying and holes. In 1934, a department store executive mentioned to company executives that consumers were unable to distinguish the sock with the linenized toe from others. In response, Great American Knitting Mills began wrapping a gold thread of acetate around the linen to differentiate its sock from the competition. The Gold Toe sock was born.
As the Gold Toe brand grew in prestige and popularity, the socks became so desirable that the company decided that only one retailer per city would be permitted to sell the coveted line. Since its inception, Gold Toe has always been a leading sock brand at department stores by offering an extremely diversified number of styles, up to 600 currently. A number of its famed styles that were introduced generations ago continue to be asked for by name, including the Fluffies, Metropolitan, Canterbury and Bermuda.
To promote its anniversary, Gold Toe is celebrating “80 Days of Gold Toe” via its social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter), where it will award weekly product giveaways and a grand prize of a $1,500 wardrobe makeover at its conclusion. The “80 Days of Gold Toe” will highlight the brand over the years via vintage styles and old ads, as well as spotlight the exciting new styles and fashion tips for today’s Gold Toe brand wearer.