When I lamented the virtual disappearance of embroidered clocks on men's hose last year, Alex Kabbaz of Kabbaz-Kelly noticed. This was a good thing. Mr. Kabbaz probably sells as many expensive socks as anyone in the world and when he speaks, as the saying goes, sockmakers listen. We corresponded a time or two about color palettes and I sat back to await the results this fall (it takes about a year for such projects to move from conception to reality).
Now the original embroidered clock was a pattern comprised of two lines of embroidery at an angle that followed the shape of the foot and looked rather like the hands of a clock. Hence the name. But it turned out that the modern Italian sockmakers do not have patterns for said embroidery in their archives. That is not completely surprising as the designs pre-date the founding of those companies (one wonders where the archives of the former makers of embroidered socks have gone). I was nonetheless surprised when I saw photos of the samples of their modern interpretation.
Yes dear reader, the modern interpretation of the embroidered clock is, well, the embroidered clock. Proving once again that the reinvention of the classics is a path strewn with surprises.
Modern classic or passing fancy? Only, ahem, time will tell.