When was Pantherella established?
Pantherella was founded in 1937 by Louis Goldschmidt who had previously been a manufacturer of socks in his native Germany.
Tired of producing bulky, bland, uncomfortable socks for men he believed that lightweight, seamless, fancy socks would be in high demand as part of a general trend towards lighter weight clothing. After careful persuasion Goldschmidt convinced local machine makers P.A. Bentley to produce a specialist double cylinder fine gauge sock machine to create his vision.
Once on the market the demand for Pantherella socks was significant. By the time the competitors cottoned on to Goldschmidt’s innovative design plans he had already set the industry standard, leaving the competition in the shadows.
Pantherella became renowned for creating the world’s finest socks, and are widely recognised across the world as such today.
Who is Pantherella run by now?
In 2001 Pantherella was bought by HJ Hall. The Hall family have been manufacturing socks in Leicestershire since 1882.
The first Hall’s factory was built by John Hall, in the rural farming community of Stoke Golding, Leicestershire. It employed just 16 people and had a monthly turnover of £32 4s 4d. John was renowned for his honesty and integrity and became known as Honest John (which is where the HJ comes from) HJ Sock Group has developed and evolved over the years, and grew to become the largest independent British sock company. In 2016, Pantherella International Group Limited was created as the parent company overseeing the Pantherella, HJ Hall and Scott-Nichol brands. This move is part of an exciting time for the company.
What countries do Pantherella export to?
Pantherella socks are availlable world-wide.
Back in 1937, Louis Goldschmidt’s extensive overseas connections enabled the company to enjoy a large export trade, right from the start.
Today Pantherella continues to export globally with markets as diverse as Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and Chile. The Pantherella English style, flair for design and quality of manufacture are still world renowned.
Why are Pantherella still here, after nearly 80 years, when other hosiery companies are not?
Unyielding quality standards as well as constant consideration of new yarn and seasonal fashion trends have ensured that Pantherella socks are as desirable today as they were nearly 80 years ago.
Customers such as Harrods and Fortnum & Mason appear in our very first company ledgers and are still with us today.
Who wears Pantherella Socks?
Pantherella socks are the ‘go-to’ accessory for many high fashion magazine shoots, catwalk shows and celebrity stylists.
We are regularly featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ, Esquire & Men’s Health. Recently our socks were worn in the Oscar winning film, ‘Still Alice’ as well as by Mark Ronson in the video for his number one hit, ‘Uptown Funk’.
In the Vanity Fair 2015 International best dressed list, actor Bill Nighy is quoted as saying that his favourite accessories are his ‘navy Pantherella socks’!
Other Pantherella wearers include: Dermot O'Leary, Victoria Beckham, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Richard Madden, Azealia Banks, Kit Harington, Brandon Flowers, Donald Sutherland, Kenneth Branagh, Jamie Dornan, Stella Tennant, Terence Stamp, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Bloom, Timothy Spall, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ian Anthony Dale and the BBC’s Dan Walker.