Vincent Metzger & Jacques Tiberghien
Mes Chaussettes Rouges is the only licensed retailer of Gammarelli products. How did you started this partnership and why did you chose Gammarelli?
We became exclusive retailer step by step. Gammarelli was well known in France because two of our elegant Prime Ministers were fond of the red cardinal socks. We wanted to sell these socks on internet so we went to Rome to present them our project. At the begining, we only had exclusivity for internet and step by step we became an exclusivity online and offline shop.
How did you meet Jacques Tiberghien?
We were in school together and we always had a strong will to create something meaningful together. We had an other project previously and then we launched this other website together.
What makes Gammarelli socks so appreciate by worldwide Gentlemen?
The product is excellent, but in addition, this strong and unique history has made them extremely popular. The fact that procucts have an history adds the soul that many people like.
You are the exclusive worldwide retailer for Gammarelli and Mazarin socks. If we want to pay you a visit in Paris the shop address is…?
9 rue César Franck, 75015 Paris !
Besides Gamarelli there are also available Bresicani, Dore Dore and Gallo socks. If you have to chose one models of each brand what model would be and why?
I would recommend the horizontal stripes from Gallo, which are famous because the duke of Windsor made them iconic for Gallo. If worn inside out the Vanisé from Bresciani have a very nice pattern with the opposit color. For Doré Doré, we have a vey nice Camel Hair that is both original, soft and warm !
How must we care take of our socks so that we can keep them in shape for many years?
Wash them at 30° for cotton and cold for wool. Do not tumble !
Who is responsible for the lovely Mes Chaussettes Rouges sketches and why have you cho0sen this kind of approach?
They were drawn by Virgile Dureuil, a veru gifted french artist. We liked this kind of pictures it is a change from the pictures we are used to.
How would you define yourself in terms of style?
Classical with a strong taste for original touch.
What is your favorite shoemaker and what is your favorite pair of shoes?
I wear shoes from Justin Fitzpatrick. I really like the shapes, the leather and in addition, I like Justin very much !
What is your favorite tailor in Paris?
Stark and Sons, because of his history and because Alain Stark is someone I appreciate a lot.
A quick advice: How can someone tell the difference between a quality sock and an inferior one?
It depends what you look for : It can be the warmth, the ligthness. But always the comfort !
What type of customer do you target?
We target several kind of costumers :
– People who like to get dressed up and are looking for colors, patterns, materials.
– People who look for excellent socks but mostly take dark colors.
– People looking for an original gift with an original story.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?
What turns you off ?
A lack of enthusiasm of the people I work with.
What is your favorite curse word?
Fichtre ! A french word !
What sound or noise do you love?
The noise of a brush on a pair of shoes.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The ring of a telephone.
What profession would you not like to do?
Hairdresser for women.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Did you bring the cashmere pairs I ordered ?