Thursday, 1 January 2015

Hosiery For Men Best Of 2014 Awards: Part 2

For the second year running, we have created a 'Best of 2014' award to provide recognition to brands, retailers and others who have by their hard work, dedication and creativity made a great impression at the blog. 

We published Part 1 of of our Best of 2014 awards yesterday.

We now publish Part 2, with the Hosiery For Men awards for the final four categories:

Best new product - men's tights
Best new product - women's and unisex tights
Best men's hosiery product (non-tights)
Special award for championing men's hosiery

Category: Best new product - men's tights

Joint winners: SmooFit tights and Tabio men's tights

In 2014 we carried a number of reports on the rise and mainstreaming of men's tights in Japan.

The leading hosiery manufacturer Naigai extended their range of men's SmooFit and WarmUp tights. We were the first blog outside of Japan to provide news of the SmooFit range and also published an exclusive interview with Naigai.

We also brought news of the new 80 denier men's tights from leading brand Tabio.

Both products are very-well designed specifically for the male physique and anatomy, with a built in fly opening.

In 2015 you can look forward to more reviews of both products.

Best new product - women's and unisex tights

Winner: LM Glow Tall Comfort Tights

In 2014 the UK hosiery brand LM Glow launched a unique style of Tall Comfort Tights, which attracted a huge amount of interest in the hosiery world on social media.

Charlotte May Harris, the founder of LM Glow, created the Tall Comfort Tights specifically to cater for tall women and men, and these tights will fits heights of up to 6'3". They are made from a special Bamboo Charcoal yarn which helps reduce the effects of clammy and sweaty feet.

You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of our interview with Charlotte, as well as our review of the Tall Comfort Tights.

Category: Best men's hosiery product (non-tights)

Winner: FALKE Lhasa Men's Wool and Cashmere Socks

FALKE picks up a second gong to follow the award for Best New Opaque Tights!

2014 was the year we discovered and started to review a wider range of men's hosiery. Our friends at hosiery retailer Luxury Legs suggested we might like to trial and review some of the high quality men's socks that they stock. They sent us a pair of the Falke Lhasa Men's Wool and Cashmere Socks to review.

After wearing and reviewing so many FALKE tights over the years we were curious to see if their socks worked for us as well.

We were definitely not disappointed, as you can see from our review. These socks are luxurious and incredibly comfortable to wear.

Do take a look at the great range of men's socks at Luxury Legs, where you find FALKE socks and more.

Category: Special award for championing men's hosiery

Winner: Cecilia De Rafael

Cecilia De Rafael, one of Europe's leading hosiery brands, initiated a remarkable step forward to mainstream tights for men when they appointed a male Digital Ambassador to showcase and champion their tights and hosiery. This was a first for the hosiery industry and hugely significant.

The new Digital Ambassador is Chicago-based musician Junius Paul. You can read Part 1 of our interview with Junius.

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