Mt. Airy, NC – Farm to Feet, makers of 100% American socks, was recently received an American Made Outdoor Gear Award at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, UT. Farm to Feet was recognized as a category winner for companies with 100 or more employees.
The American Made Outdoor Gear Awards is hosted by Kokatat Inc., (www.kokatat.com) the leading US manufacturer of technical apparel and gear for paddle sports, and were open to all American manufacturers with a compelling story.
“Our brand is solely focused on making the best socks using only US sourced materials and to be recognized for this commitment is very gratifying, especially as a brand as young as we are,” said Kelly Nester, president of Farm to Feet.
Founded in 2013, Farm to Feet produces a full range of socks for outdoor pursuits and everyday use made with US Merino wool and other US sourced materials.
As a winner of an American Made Outdoor Gear Award Farm to Feet received a Sassy, a handcarved statue of a Sasquatch. The award program was designed in hope that by sharing companies’ stories they can keep American manufacturing from becoming a myth, like a Sasquatch.
Other American manufacturers received recognition for their domestic manufacturing including Hyperlite Mountain Gear who was awarded the overall award and one-year ownership of the “Sassy” travelling trophy -- a two-foot tall, hand carved, redwood Sasquatch from Humboldt County, CA. Category winners of the 2016 American Made Outdoor Gear awards include:
- Overall Hyperlite Mountain Gear (www.hyperlitemountaingear.com) of Biddeford, ME, a pack and gear manufacturer
- 100+ Employees: Farm to Feet (www.farmtofeet.com) of Mt. Airy, NC, a sock manufacturer.
- 50-100 Employees: Timbuk2 (www. timbuk2.com) of San Francisco, CA, a bag manufacturer.
- 10 to 50 Employees: DPS Skis (www.dpsskis.com) of Salt Lake City, UT, a ski manufacturer.
- Under 10 Employees Duckworth (www.duckworthco.com) of Bozeman, MT, a wool apparel manufacturer.
In the four years of the program the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards has received 290 entries from domestic manufacturers. Past overall winners have included Liberty Bottleworks, Benchmade Knives, and Sterling Rope.
ABOUT FARM TO FEET
Farm to Feet™ is committed to the single, simple goal of creating the world’s best wool socks by exclusively using an all-American recipe: US materials, US manufacturing, and US workers. With its supply chain completely within the U.S., Farm to Feet is able to ensure the highest quality materials and end products, while having as little impact on the environment as possible. Once the wool is grown and sheared in the Rocky Mountains, the remaining processes take place within 300 miles of its sustainability-focused knitting facility in Mt. Airy, NC. All Farm to Feet socks feature seamless toe closures, a comfort compression fit from the top through the arch, and superior cushioning for ultimate performance and comfort. Learn more at www.farmtofeet.com and join us on Facebook.
ABOUT AMERICAN MADE OUTDOOR GEAR AWARD
Founded by Kokatat and shared with the Outdoor Industry, the American Made Outdoor Gear Award is a celebration of American manufacturing. First awarded in 2013, the American Made Outdoor Gear Award recognizes companies with compelling domestic manufacturing stories. Finalists are announced annually on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and the winners are recognized at an awards ceremony during the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The company with the best “made in America” story receives one-year ownership of the ‘Sassy’ travelling trophy -- a hand carved, 3-foot-tall, redwood Sasquatch from Humboldt County, CA -- and all category winners receive miniature versions of the award. Along with highlighting company stories, the program tracks domestic manufacturing trends and insights in the outdoor industry. Learn more at www.americanmadeoutdoorgearawards.com and follow us on Twitter at @AMOGAward.