I’m originally from the small town of Fort Payne, AL, which is formerly known as The Sock Capital of the World. Until the late 90s, a very large percentage of socks were manufactured in our quaint town. Unfortunately, outsourcing has greatly taken away from Fort Payne’s textile tradition.
Twenty five years ago my dad Terry had a dream to start his own sock manufacturing company, and Emi-G Knitting (named after my sister and me) was born. As a child, I watched my parents work to create a successful business that started from nothing. In short, after years of a lot of hard work and dedication, this tiny company became a success. In the meantime, I discovered my own passions for organic and green living and wanted to incorporate this into the family business. I just hadn’t discovered the “how.” In 2008, I had an epiphany. I realized that I could combine my desires of continuing my family's sock making tradition, while supporting a sustainable lifestyle, and this could be done by creating an organic cotton sock.
My wheels began turning, and after extensive research and product development, my little sock company, zkano, became a reality. I’d finally found a way to be a part of the family trade that is incredibly near to my heart and doing so by taking it in a new direction that reflects my passions of organic living and sustainability.
I couldn’t be more proud of what zkano has become. Each of our socks is proudly made from start to finish at our mill in Fort Payne, Alabama. I believe our socks are perfect for performance, everyday wear, or just for fun. Our socks are simple, but they are good. I’m deeply passionate about supporting USA manufacturing, delivering a product that’s both high quality and comfortable and educating as many people as possible about the benefits of using organic cotton as opposed to conventional. I hope you love our socks as much as I do!