Sock drawer filling up with MJs?! Our VIPs receive brand new MJs every month; an absolute treat for your feet, and all for just £9.99 / month (more info here). After a few months the colour will be bursting out of your sock drawers from these fine, hand-linked British socks. How is it best to store them? One tip is to use MJ’s gift boxes – they’re great in chunky drawers for keeping things in order. But they do arrive full of socks… so, we’ve reviewed our favourite organisers and dividers. No more rummaging for your favourite pair of Henley MJs behind some old boxers!
5. ‘Onever’ foldable storage; great value set of 2 that also folds flat when not it use.
4. Classic Ikea drawer organisers: a useful set with a range of sizes. Whether you like to store your MJs wrapped, flat, or stacked, there’s a space for them in here.
3. Acrylic ‘interdesign’ system. Most dividers come above the height of the socks; these are different. At only 5.5cm height, lines of rolled MJs will fill the space and cover the clear acrylic dividers to give a great look, uninterrupted by visible dividers!
2. 18 slot honeycomb divider, with a bespoke fit to your drawers. An interesting shape that is super efficient; no bulky dividers means more room for your socks.
1. In the number one spot is the Kenather Drawer Divider: 8 cells, holding 16 pairs of MJs. The fabric is moth-proof, mould-proof and moisture-proof. The integral lid stays shut with velcro to keep the dust out. Treat your MJs to a little bit of sock-drawer luxury!
The line up this year was immense. From the incredibly still Rolling Stones to Chase and Status and Mumford and Sons, it was a showcase of some of the world’s finest talent. Not muddy this year but still plenty of Hunters wellies worn as they have rightly earned their place in the Festival Chic Hall of Fame by now. Plenty of stylish madras and linen, all variations of denim, classic and hardwearing, neon aplenty, leather shorts for the brave (and clammy, presumably), sunburn common and fond memories – hopefully – for all. There is no doubt, however, that whatever the personal highlight, the joy of the first shower, the first sleep in fresh linen sheets, the first morning not heralded by the furnace-like heat of one’s tent, are all contenders. The quiet, the tea, the shower, the first pair of fresh MJs.. These are Monday’s headliners; we hope you enjoy the show..
But, one of the best things about wearing sandals is taking them off & pulling on a fresh pair of MJs. Feels. So. Good. Particularly early in the summer when feet are soft from being tucked away all winter.
The only thing I’m not sure about is which of these is better: pulling MJs onto feet tired from skiing all day, or pulling MJs onto feet that have been in sandals all day…
Here at Marko John’s we (as you’re probably aware by now!) take socks seriously. We are proud of what we do and for me personally there is a particular joy in the fact that our socks are made by hand by actual, real-live people.
Today, most of the things we use in our daily lives are not made by hand, or even probably in the same country you’re reading this in. This is of course not all bad. But something in me still wants to celebrate the handmade things. Not only because the quality far exceeds what is possible in mass-production, but because of something inherent and essential in the process of making.
Lately I’ve been reading Tolkein on Fairly Tales (available from Amazon here). His apologetic is interesting and he has useful things to say about various art forms and their respective achievements.
What really struck a cord, however, were his thoughts on the making of art and things generally. Why we do it. Why all societies, all peoples, always have been fascinated by, indeed preoccupied with, making things, even those that do not have a daily ‘use value’, but are there just because.
There is something in us as humans that drives us to make, to create. Tolkein calls such activity ‘sub-creation’ and I like that phrase. His term reflects the fact we are made to be makers by our maker, in His image and likeness. Our desire to make is part of our deepest identity and purpose.
This all seems a bit grand to then speak of socks! But at the smallest, lowest level, even the craft of making socks is, according to J.R.R., a minor act of sub-creation. Made by makers made by a maker.
Last summer a World Challenge group from Lawrence Sheriff School spent a month in Uganda. They all wore Uganda MJs, and took extra pairs with them to give away as thank-you presents. Going on something similar? Please let us know! They kindly sent us some stunning photos of their trip (all photos courtesy of, and copyright James Riley).
Guess the correct score for this Saturday’s 6 Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham, and win a pair of MJs.
As it’s tough to get the score exactly right we’ll also give you a £2 MJs gift voucher if you get the margin right! For example, if you predict England 50 – Italy 5, but the actual score is England 55 – Italy 10, we’ll send you a £2 voucher!
To enter, just tell us your prediction (before kick off):