Michelle Huie, founder, and Lindsey Thompson, VIM & VIGR's head of product design and innovation, discuss the inspiration behind the new Fall/Winter Collection. From cozy and warm to global textiles, learn what influenced this season’s look.
MH: Help us understand a little bit about your design inspiration for this year’s Fall/Winter Collection.
LT: This year I was very influenced by the great outdoors. I wanted to evoke that warm, cozy feeling of heading back to school, updating your fall wardrobe for work or school, and breaking out the sweaters and layers for crisp autumn days. I was also really drawn to some globally influenced textiles, which are woven throughout the collection as well.
MH: One thing that VIM & VIGR is known for is our color combinations. We often pair unexpected colors. How were you able to infuse that into this new line?
LT: Part of the color inspiration came through paralleling the design direction of cozy and warm. I was very drawn to reds this year, then looked to Pantone for their color of the year, which was ultraviolet. But a lot of the designs helped dictate the colors on their own, based on traditional color pairings. For example, the Montana Plaid in Red & Black and the Sedona Sunburst in Flint & Flame.
MH: We have some of the styles – such as the Heathered Collection - in men’s AND women’s sizes. Can you tell me about that?
LT: Having a heathered socks for a compression sock is unique. I felt that both women and men would be drawn to this, with the neutral colors and wider band. Gray is a very common color, but the heathered texture keeps it from being boring or dull. It would work perfectly as a little pop out of a tall boot. We have two other styles – the Rugby Stripe and the Montana Plaid – that come in both men’s and women’s sizing. The Rugby Stripe is a very retro look, and I’ve always been drawn to men’s wear with feminine touches in my designs. I grew up in the gym and my dad was a coach, which are the kind of experiences that tend to influence my designs.
MH: What are some of your favorite styles in this upcoming line?
LT: I love, love, love the Montana Plaid. I love it in both color ways – the traditional red & black and the violet. Plaids are classic – a fall style and very on trend. I also love the Sedona Sunburst. The cream & rose quartz is gorgeous – it makes me feel like I want to curl up by the fire with a book. Plus, I adore winter white.
MH: One of the styles is called “Work to Play.” Tell us about your inspiration behind that name and concept.
LT: Here at VIM & VIGR, it’s about everyday wellness. We want you to wear your sock to work, but we also want it to transition easily to the gym or going out for a drink. I felt like this is a great trouser sock – you could pair it with black crops, but you could also run in it. Very versatile.
MH: What are some of the things you have to consider when designing a compression sock?
LT: There are many things that go into designing a compression sock. Not only are you thinking about the visual look, you are thinking about the medical component. At the end of the day we are a medical device, and we want to make sure that the compression is good, that it’s graduated and the technical parts are on point. Overcomplicated designs can cause issues with the stretching or lack of stretching. We then consider which designs work best to ensure a quality product overall.
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We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.
If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.
Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.
Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.
Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.
All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.
Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel.
Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.
With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.
Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.