"Every man has a go-to seasonal piece of clothing that he wants to wear every day. It’s his security blanket and part of his uniform, but for most guys, that jacket or sweater eventually has to be taken off and stored until next year. And then there’s the Woolfill Snapshirt Jacket from United By Blue and Duckworth."
"To utilize this warm and soft down, merino wool was combined to make the socks. The merino wool also comes from the United States, making the socks 100 percent American made."
"Bison do not wear socks, but they do produce something to make socks. United By Blue has produced socks combining merino wool and bison down."
"Make it at home with a copper Mule Mug from Old City-based United by Blue."
"I’ve taken to wearing a uniform this winter. I admit I’m not the best at layering, but I’ve developed some sort of formula for when layers are necessary for survival. I start with a band mandarin-collar shirt under a round-neck sweater, relaxed dark trousers, woolly socks, chunky black shoes, sunglasses and gloves."
"United By Blue is not the world’s first Benefit Corporation, a certification given to companies committed to social and environmental change. But they do have one of the cooler business models we’ve seen...And not only do these socks help the environment, they’re also super warm and cozy thanks to a weave of American-raised merino wool."
"We are all familiar with the synthetics and Merino Wool but Alpaca Wool and Bison Down are latest additions. The newest product to hit the shelves is made of Bison down. Yep! BISON! United By Blue has come out with the The Ultimate American Sock. These socks have been gaining popularity following after the completion of a successful Kickstarter Campaign."
"This stylish, well-constructed and versatile jacket is brought to you as part of a limited-run UBB x Duckworth collaboration. This woolfill snapshirt jacket is rugged enough for any outdoor adventures but stylish and tailored enough for your day to day urban lifestyle."
"Casual Friday: Layer Your Look. The end of the work week calls for a laidback outfit that’s still big on style. Bag: “Sutter’s Mill” tool bag by United By Blue."
"We live in apartments and work in offices, so no one really spends anywhere near the amount of time outside that they want to. For those who want to infuse the fresh smell of the great outdoors without actually having to go out there, these We Took to the Woods Candles ($45, United By Blue) are perfect."
"In the wake of an exceedingly successful crowd-funding campaign, the mission-driven urban outdoor clothing and accessory brand United By Blue is riding high into 2015 with an array of new styles and products. Debuting stylish, socially responsible, and innovative new apparel and accessories, United By Blue is proud to unveil the brand's Fall 2015 lineup at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow"
"The Ultimate American Sock is 100% crafted in the USA and combines two natural fibers grown in the American Rocky Mountains: Merino Wool and Bison Down. The product and packaging carry an authentic and natural feel with the kraft box and bison image right on the package."
""Because the Ultimate American Sock project was so different," he said, "and the price of the sock is so high, we felt the best way to go was to crowd-fund it on Kickstarter." To his pleasant surprise, Linton presold 5,000 pairs of the socks (discounted for investors) and raised $140,000 in 30 days. Come March, when the socks arrive here, Philly will be the bison-down capital of the civilized world."
"The Ultimate American Sock by United by Blue – we were introduced to these socks through their recent crowd-fund campaign, which was a huge success. Apply loads of moisturizer to your tired feet and then put a pair of these socks on to keep your feet warm and cozy through the winter months."
"Think of this as an alcohol enthusiast’s two-for-one deal. Not only do these copper mugs complete one of our favorite cocktail, they’re also durable, lightweight, and easy to clean—making them as (almost) as popular around the campfire and around the bar."
"These super soft socks will keep your feet warm in the most frigid of conditions even though they’re durable and made to last. I’ve put them to the test against the rainy Norcal winter, and they kept my feet warm and dry after 4 hours outdoors. Did I mention how good they look?"
"I was able to try a pair and, before I could pull them on my feet, the first element that caught my attention was the sock packaging: The pair comes in an artistically designed box that’s made in Wisconsin. The detail-oriented aesthetics of the sock also took me by surprise—a zigzag heritage-style line is knit across the top and a buffalo figure is knit in the bottom.The above-ankle height and fibers are extremely warm and reminded me of the traditional thick wool socks that I wore as a kid—the perfect comfy house slipper or to pair with snow boots on a cold winter day."
"Since you’re probably going to get socks for Christmas anyways, you might as well insist on some really, really nice ones. We suggest you go for these. United by Blue, a company that used Kickstarter to fund the brilliant project, blends bison down with merino wool to create the ultimate fabric, and uses it to make the ultimate socks."
"Yeah, it's a Kickstarter, but the company guarantees us its $35 gift package — which includes the socks and a tuft of the down along with an explanation of it — will arrive in time for Christmas. On your feet, the socks' interior pile feels like walking on tufts of silk."
"We managed to get our hands on a pre-production pair of these socks to demo and they are incredibly luxurious! I can’t say that I’d ever owned a bison wool piece, but this definitely won’t be my last. They’re almost too thick to fit in my winter boots! They’re also great for wearing around the house on cold nights."
"United by Blue’s ‘American Sock’ Kickstarter has more than met it’s goal, thanks to a cool, American product that is preselling like hotcakes. Socks made from American Bison down are created from the short, soft fiber of a buffalo’s coat."
"United by Blue is a new JUGs favorite, and honestly, the lumbersexual in your life will probably love anything from their store. But, these socks, in particular, make a great gift because they are far from ordinary. They are made from sustainably raised, humanely harvested bison wool."
"The Ultimate American Sock by United by Blue is 100% crafted in the USA and combines two natural fibers grown in the American Rocky Mountains: Merino Wool and Bison Down."
"Add to his collection with this maroon Waffle Scarf — the color is on point for the season, and the material is lighter, making it more casual and able to be worn in the Fall and in the early months of Spring just as much as it’ll be worn in February. At this price, buy one for yourself, too. You need one."
"Their Kickstarter campaign has already been so successful that they reached their goal within the first 36 hours. This means all their Early Backer socks were snapped up within hours. However, due to popular demand, UBB has added several new reward levels that will still allow you to give the gift of The Ultimate American Sock this holiday season. Don’t be surprised if eight reindeer and jolly St. Nick aren’t sporting this newfound discovery as well."
"You won’t find a more thoughtfully curated gift package than this one. It’s by local lifestyle brand United By Blue, and it includes the following UBB products: a cozy wool blanket; four pairs of trail socks; an enamelware set (two mugs, two plates, two bowls, one field pot); a totally waterproof, weatherproof notebook and—the pièce de résistance—a year-long National Park Pass, which covers all fees for over 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and grasslands. It all comes packed in a moss-colored UBB duffel. How to actually give it? Simply hand it over and take all the credit for putting the whole package together."
"United by Blue has managed to weave bison down, American manufacturing and an environmental impact into their stylish socks. For each pair sold, the company removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. It’s definitely a product that follows the “thought that counts” philosophy. Lesson learned? If you’re going to do socks, get the best ones out there."
"Blended with bison wool and American merino wool, the socks are sourced and manufactured in the US, all the way down to the packaging. Backers can expect socks to be delivered by March, just in time to take advantage of the last bits of winter."
"In a color aptly named zinfandel, this 100-percent-wool sweater will keep you warm long after the wine runs out."
"Below, I’ve wrangled up a motley and merry assortment of goodies for the home and garden with an emphasis on independent designers, domestic manufacturing, charitable giving and the use of long-lasting and environmentally sustainable materials. Also: an emphasis on all-around awesomeness...And because you’re inevitably going to give someone a pair of socks, I’ve included a very special pair of those, too."
"United by Blue finds products with spirit as they give back by removing trash from oceans and waterways. Now they’ve pulled together down from bison underbellies (who knew), blended it with American merino wool and knit a plush, handsome sock that owned testers feet – and souls."
"When you slip your feet into a pair of Ultimate American Socks, you feel as if you are walking on clouds. The fit is incredibly soft and snug; however, the socks somehow also manage to be extremely tough and durable. The socks are also hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial, besides having moisture-wicking properties to keep you dry and comfortable."
"So what exactly is bison down? "[Sheep] wool on steroids," says UBB Founder Brian Linton. Bison has the same moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating, anti-microbial properties as sheep wool, but it's two times warmer and has a softness akin to cashmere, he says. "
"This time of year sends me digging deep into my sock drawer to find what’s warmest and hole-less and left over from last year. And lately, after learning about a new Kickstarter project put on by Philadelphia-based United by Blue, I’ve been yearning for some bison down socks, which are made from highly insulating, water-wicking, durable buffalo (Bison bison is its scientific name) hair."
"There are plenty of companies that make an effort to give back all year long. From footwear to eyeglasses, more and more brands are – thankfully – making an effort to put its profits to good use."
"So, how does United By Blue justify charging nearly $40 for socks? The answer lies in the scarcity of the key ingredient—a single bison produces just 4 to 6 ounces of down in a year, and one pound of bison down can cost $300. The plush undercoat of an American bison is said to be comparable to cashmere in softness, more durable than merino, and to offer unmatched thermo-regulation and moisture wicking properties."
"Now for the padding. They are like marshmallows on your feet. They are so thick you will want to wear them all day even off the trail."
"Made in the USA from bison down, these are quite possibly the coziest camp socks you'll ever find. A limited early run is already sold out, but you can still pre-order them (socks will ship in March) and get a placeholder gift pack delivered by December 25. $25/pair thru December 18; $38/pair retail."
"The Ultimate American Sock is 100% crafted in the USA and combines two natural fibers grown in the American Rocky Mountains: Merino Wool and Bison Down. Merino wool is well documented to be among natures best and warmest fiber, but Bison Down is even softer, more durable, and contains thousands of years of evolutionary adaptation to harsh winter environments — perfect to keep your feet warm in the winter."
"New Contenders for Warmest Socks on Earth. You might be familiar with our ongoing quest to find the warmest socks on earth. Well, here are the new heavyweight champs: the Ultimate American Sock from United by Blue made from bison down."
socks crafted from bison down
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"The United By Blue team, led by President and Founder Brian Linton, started with an animal at the center of American folklore and with thousands of years of evolutionary adaptation to harsh winter environments: the American Bison. Although rarely used in textile production, Bison actually produce a super fine undercoat of “down” that is thermal-regulating, moisture-wicking, extremely durable, and rivals the softness of cashmere."
"United By Blue, a mission-driven outdoor apparel brand, is proud to unveil the Ultimate American Sock, a truly American manufacturing journey that starts with domestically sourced Bison Down and Rambouillet Merino and moves through to a beautifully finished American-Made performance hiking sock."
"I've had the test sample out in temperatures from 15 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in uninsulated hiking boots. They feel like they'd still be nice and warm down to at least 5 degrees, and have been perfectly comfortable up to 40. They're at least as warm as pure merino socks of similar weight, and do a better job of regulating temperature when things warm up."
"From socks made of bison down (yup, real thing. Who knew?) to crazy patterns that would knock a bison down, click through the slideshow for our favorite picks of the season."
"What, bison wool? Yeah, you had me at bison wool. We’re testing them now, but first impression is warm, soft and luxurious. Plus, they are made and sourced in the USA by United By Blue."
"Made by local clothier United By Blue, the socks are ultra-soft, warmer than wool, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, and … not quite in production. To get your hands on a pair, you’ll need to visit their Kickstarter page."
"Philadelphia company United by Blue is putting together what they call the “Ultimate American Sock”, a blend of American bison down and American merino wool, made in a 100-year-old American factory, and for every sock sold, they’ll pull a pound of garbage out of an American ocean or waterway. That’s pretty damn American."