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Marcoliani Socks

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sartorialexecutive, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. sartorialexecutive

    sartorialexecutive Well-Known Member

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    I know that Marcoliani socks are popular on this forum and I would like to determine which particular range of their socks are the most popular, also mid-calf or over- the-calf. We are now starting to stock them. In the long term we plan to stock the complete stock range, but initially we want to stock those that are the most popular. We already have the plain Fil d'Ecosse range available (at £10 per pair) but wonder what material are the favourites of forum members. For reference the full range of material used is: Cashmere Light Cashmere Extrafine Merino Fil D'Ecosse Pima Cotton Also what patterns do you prefer? Plain, Herringbone, Houndstooth, Stripes, Spots etc? Any thoughts appreciated.
     
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    andreyb2 Senior member

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    For me, the most interesting would be ones with unusual patterns... One can easily find good plain socks in England.

    Houndstooth is a good start.

    Andrey
     
  3. schlager

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    I agree -- not many makers with interesting patterns/colors. This is what attracted me to Marcoliani. For fabric, I lean to the more durable.
     
  4. sartorialexecutive

    sartorialexecutive Well-Known Member

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    I agree -- not many makers with interesting patterns/colors. This is what attracted me to Marcoliani. For fabric, I lean to the more durable.

    Thanks for the comments - interesting patterns seems to be the way to go.

    The Marcoliani Stock Service has a smallish range of patterns (although probably better than most English sock makers stock service - In general the English seem to stick to safe solid colours) .

    I think the Marcoliani Argyle's are particularly nice.
     
  5. Michael Ay329

    Michael Ay329 Senior member

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    I prefer their over the calf range

    But they are hit and miss. For some reason, the stronger the pattern (argyles....horizontal stripes), the more likely they will not stay up for more than an hour, after just a few washings

    While the more subtle patterns, dots and simple stripes, the over the calf models stand up for most of the day and do better after multiple launderings.

    Their argyles are inconsistent as to staying up...some do (after 20 washings), others, do not (after just a couple of washings)
     
  6. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The problem with Marcoliani is that they are one size fits no-one very well and some people not at all.
     
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    Getzione Senior member

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    The problem with Marcoliani is that they are one size fits no-one very well and some people not at all.

    +1. Love the designs, but they just dont fit as good as they should.
     
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  9. Michael Ay329

    Michael Ay329 Senior member

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    The problem with Marcoliani is that they are one size fits no-one very well and some people not at all.
    I am tall at 6'4 and fit a U.S. size 12 shoe. I agree with Will's comment that their one size fits all approach did not fit me very well, and was part of the reason why some of my socks did not stay up.
     
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    I disagree with the previous five or so comments (including Will's which I have trouble believing but . . . .) I think the Marcoliani OTC socks fit very well. I have been wearing them for over a year and the stay up perfectly. I love them and think they are worth the money.
     
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    Mata_Leao Well-Known Member

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    My Marcoliani socks fit me very well and they have held up substantially better than my VK Nagrani socks. That durability is important if you want your socks to stay up after a few washes.
     
  12. sartorialexecutive

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    Would be interesting to know what the shoe size was for those that found fit an issue. I am a UK 7 and find they fit really well.
     
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    GucciKid Senior member

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    I am a US 10-10.5 and Marcoliani's fit me very well. Probably my favourite socks.
     
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    I wear a US 8.5 shoe and have been very happy with my Marcoliani OTCs. At least in the merino wool socks, though, I have opted for the version (don't remeber the model # offhand) that is an 80% wool-20% nylon mix with a bit of spandex, and have had no problems at all with the socks falling down during the day.
     
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    I am in the market for red plain merino wool dress socks, would you guys think Marcoliani makes the most durable pair? or should I go with a different brand?
     
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    I really thought that said Marcoliani sucks.. how's that for a first post from a former lurker.
     
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    I don't get how a company that specialises in socks does not offer multiple sizes. I have relatively small feet and have made the experience that many brands follow this one-size-fits-all approach or, if they offer multiple sizes, only do so for the most bland colours/patterns.
     
  19. sartorialexecutive

    sartorialexecutive Well-Known Member

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    I don't get how a company that specialises in socks does not offer multiple sizes. I have relatively small feet and have made the experience that many brands follow this one-size-fits-all approach or, if they offer multiple sizes, only do so for the most bland colours/patterns.
    I have sent an e-mail to Paolo Gatti, the director of Marcoliani, with that question. I will let you know what the reply is.
     
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    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I bought a few pairs of dress socks from the Kabbaz site and they're great. My foot size is in the sweet spot, so that probably helps, but I like the quality quite a bit too.
     

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