XOAB climbs El Capitan
Compression socks are worn by athletes of all stripes to aid in better performance and assist in faster recovery after prolonged activity. Recently, a friend put XOAB compression socks... Read more
We have many loyal fans of our Merino wool socks. Because many of you have requested that we make our compression line in wool as well as cotton,... Read more
Kickstarter had an oops today...
We didn't expect to be writing you so soon after yesterday's update...
First, for all of you who were able to reach our page and support us on... Read more
XOAB Active live on Kickstarter today
Our second Kickstarter campaign, introducing XOAB Active compression socks, is now live on Kickstarter.
We're standing on the shoulders of some very talented people; without their generosity... Read more
Coming to Kickstarter Thursday!
Many of you helped us fund XOAB with this Kickstarter campaign to purchase our initial yarn inventory and create the most comfortable dress socks in a wide... Read more
Michiel Oele, one of our early backers, asked us in October if he could be our official "last backer," volunteering to be the last person to whom we would ship... Read more
Socks are in the mail.
We've been busy. Our goal was to get socks shipped to everyone before Thanksgiving, and at 4:00 yesterday, we loaded the truck with the last boxes and drove them to... Read more
It's been an interesting and very positive two weeks. We've also been very distracted, not paying enough attention to communicating with you, and not producing or shipping many socks!
The... Read more
Making and Shipping Socks.
We're continuing to make and ship socks. Current stats are about 300 orders/1,200 pair shipped, 4,100 pair in inventory, and about 1,200 pair yet to knit. We still marvel when... Read more
Some business questions.
David Berman, one of our backers, posted some great questions in the comments, and we decided to wrap an update around some answers.
I'm curious to... Read more
If it hasn't become obvious as you've read our updates, we're fascinated by the knitting process. As we write, our challenge is capturing our enthusiasm, making a seemingly... Read more
First socks shipped!
On Monday, we shipped our first 32 sock orders! 29 went to backers in the US, and three to Europe.
The post office staff in Newton, NC were very helpful,... Read more
Shipping some socks.
It's time. We have several thousand pairs of socks in inventory, with more being packaged and added to our inventory every day. We've finally reached a tipping point; we have... Read more
We recently got a note from one of our backers, worried our determination to make amazing socks was flagging. While we're taking much longer than we planned to... Read more
Production tuning and a sock sorter.
As before, it's been longer than we'd like between updates, but we're still very much alive and knitting socks. Day by day, we're getting closer to our goal... Read more
Problem-solving and progress.
Dear XOAB supporters,
First (as always) we thank you for your eternal patience and continued support. When we say for the umpteenth time "we could not do his without you,"... Read more
We have a dye house!
It's official. This week's big news is that the dye house we spoke of in our last update is now dyeing our yarn. Rick visited them yesterday to approve the... Read more
Rick is back in North Carolina this week to oversee production and set up our inventory systems. On the code front, he's making progress on our inventory and tracking systems... Read more
Why a box? and other news.
After our last update we received a few comments suggesting that we eliminate the box our socks are packaged in, potentially saving on the cost of materials and postage, and... Read more
We're sorry it's been a while since we last posted an update; thank you for your patience. There's been some uncertainty in the past couple weeks and we... Read more
It's been longer than we'd like since we last caught up with you, so this will be a lengthy update. Thank you for your patience.
Coming into the... Read more
Down to the wire.
Thank you to all of you who have selected your socks. As of today there are still about 200 of you who have yet to complete the process.... Read more
Just a quick update. We're very happy to see many of you have been able to chose your socks with ease. We understand how difficult a task it... Read more
Sock Survey has arrived.
We hope all of you had a nice holiday. (And for those of you outside the US, a nice weekend.) We did, and over the holiday break we... Read more
From everyone on the XOAB team we wish you a warm and happy Thanksgiving. We are so grateful for everything that's happened this year and for having all of you... Read more
Greetings from North Carolina.
It's been a busy trip. Much has been going on. First, we've been working with our web team to complete the now infamous sock survey. We had hoped to have... Read more
Surveys coming soon.
Several of you have contacted us inquiring when our survey will be sent for you to select your socks. The answer is early next week. First, you will receive a... Read more
Let's make some socks!
We're finally at the conclusion of our Kickstarter, and though we're sad to see it end, we are excited to focus on the next phase of this great adventure. We... Read more
Almost there! Our Kickstarter project will close at noon, eastern time on Sunday.
Neil has put together a new catalog graphic that includes our original designs and colorways, the new... Read more
Housekeeping, and a few notes...
A few clarifications and details to our last update on the new designs.
- Thank you to those who have already chosen to add our new designs to their pledge. (See... Read more
A thank you: two exclusive designs.
As we enter the final week of our campaign we thank you all again for your participation, enthusiasm and generosity of spirit. As you read this update, our dye house... Read more
And the Winner is ...
The results are in! Thank you to everyone who participated in our 50K stretch goal survey for new colorsways. Over 500 of you selected your favorites and you chose well.... Read more
$75K reached; gift shipping.
Thanks to all your support, we've reached our second stretch goal, at $75,000, and have more than 1,000 backers. We're very gratified by your enthusiasm.
Because we've reached $75K, we're... Read more
Our first stretch goal for our Kickstarter campaign was to add more color possibilities for backers to choose from. In response to your overwhelming support, we'd like you to help... Read more
New colors; new press.
(Breaking news! There's a great story about XOAB today in Fast Company's Co.Design: http://xoab.me/1dsz0Pw. Thanks to writer John Brownlee for a wonderful summary of what we're up to.)
Thank you for... Read more
$50,000; a quick note
We've reached $50,000! Our thanks go out to the 640 backers who helped us get here.
Apologies for the brevity of this update. We'll post more about this milestone, and... Read more
We hope you had a great weekend! We've been busy these last few days mapping out our next steps, now that we can secure our initial yarn inventory thanks to... Read more
We've made it to our goal of $30K so much sooner than we ever expected, all thanks to your support and enthusiasm and because you've shared our socks with your... Read more
We reached 50% of our goal at 7:30 am eastern time this morning, a few hours less than five days since we launched. At the end of the day we're... Read more
We're on our way!
Thanks to all of you for making our first day a success.We can't do this without you, and we're touched by the support we're seeing from not only our... Read more