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Socks from papal tailor sold online

By on Thursday, 10 March 2011

Pope Benedict XVI's clothing, including his white socks, is made by the Gammarelli family in Rome (Photo: AP)

Pope Benedict XVI's clothing, including his white socks, is made by the Gammarelli family in Rome (Photo: AP)

From their little shop in Rome, the Gammarelli family has been outfitting popes, as well as cardinals, bishops and priests since 1798.

Now, “Mes Chaussettes Rouges” (My Red Socks), a Paris-based online retailer, is offering a tiny piece of Gammarelli style to the general public.

Vincent Metzger, the proprietor of Mes Chaussettes Rouges, said: “I first saw the red socks in the early ’90s on the French prime minister, Edouard Balladur, and thought it was very amusing, but I found out that the Gammarelli socks were only available in Rome.”

Mr Metzger and a friend created the business initially by purchasing a bulk quantity of socks from Gammarelli and selling them to friends in the summer of 2009.

They saw a business opportunity, Mr Metzger told Catholic News Service. “We went to Rome again and stayed there for three nights for negotiations, and we made a contract,” he said.

Other than the Gammarelli shop behind the Pantheon in Rome, he said, Mes Chaussettes Rouges is the only licensed retailer of Gammarelli products.

He claimed the Gammarelli socks are now worn by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, “which I think is very funny. He buys them on our website”, he said.

Gammarelli socks are “the best quality, because they are made with long fibered cotton, making them more solid”. And because the seam is done by hand on the sides of the foot rather than machine sewn at the toe, Mr Metzger said he thinks they are much more comfortable.

Gammarelli socks are designed as religious clothing, so they are available only in cardinal red, bishop purple and priest black. The Pope wears white socks, but Mes Chaussettes Rouges only offers white upon special request.

Mes Chaussettes Rouges targets a particular kind of customer – what they call “The Gammarelli Man” – who, according to the website, is someone who possesses true virtue in all things and appreciates the little things in life.

  • Aging Papist

    Gammarelli is a fine old company producing vesture for prelates of another time. This pope and the universal hierarchy should be in sackcloth and ashes doing penance, or in a gaol cell.

    The ideal wardrobe for bishops and pope’s in the future should be:

    a white alb without any lace or frills with hood and a red band for the waist
    over this a long ,sleeveless, pure lamb’s wool,floor length tunic with a red border
    a plain wood pectoral cross
    a shepherd’s crook of wood not gold and jewels
    a liturgical stole worn over the tunic for liturgical celebrations.

    The rest of the attire from jeweled miters to cocktail jewelry and golden dresses should be thrown into the trash bin, or sent to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Where all this rubbish belongs.

  • XT3


  • thomasmp

    The Pope’s shoes, socks, dresses etc. are not what people are looking for. People are looking up to Jesus and what He has said and what His Church is doing and standing for. I came into this world empty-handed and I will go from here the same way. From my birth to my death there are many times which are in my control. There are many times which are not in my control but in His control (like from my infancy, my unconsciousness, my extreme poverty my sicknesses, my old age, etc. etc.) The Lord will ask me one question at my Judgement: What did you do during those times which I had entrusted in your control?

  • Jameshughes1947

    Total crap,what a loser .Nae class!

  • Etgpersonal

    g-d bless them. cross-dressers living like queens and kings and doing it all with extreme piety, love, and a little boy or two. and 1,100,000,000 people can’t wait to get a chance to throw their hard work dough each week to the ultimo scam. but as they know there is a sucker born every minute and how you dress leaves a lasting impression.

    take a dose of fear, add a little hope and you get a well dressed group of men with seasonally designed outfits and wonderful accessories.

    as i said g-d bless them. 

  • Londoner

    If the poster etgpersonal spells God as ‘g-d’ then he is probably a jealous jew.