HJ Sock Group History

  • The First Hall's factory was built

    The first Hall's factory was built in 1882 in the rural farming community of Stoke Golding surrounded by the Leicestershire countryside.
  • Frank Hall Joins the Company

    Frank Hall joins the company along with a name change to Hall & Son
  • John Hall Passed Away

    When John passwed away in 1923, Frank took over the running of the family business
  • Peter Hall joins the business

  • Peter Hall takes over the helm of the company

  • HJ Indestructibles launched

    The brainchild of Peter Hall was born in 1958. These have become renowned as truly resilient and durable. ‘Indestructible’ socks are made from heavy duty nylon, they are unshrinkable and underwritten by a guarantee of wear. This guarantee has gradually been extended over the years and now stands at 12 months. They are still made at the factory in Hinckley today.
  • Neville Hall joins the company

  • Michael & Timothy Hall join the business

  • New Factory in Hinckley

    In 1977 HJ Hall had totally outgrown its original home in Stoke Golding. We moved to a purpose built site that was a 66,000 sq ft hosiery factory at Coventry Road in Hinckley, with specific dye-house and effluent facilities. The additional space allowed each stage to be optimised. With expansion, the factory has now grown to 85,000 sq ft and houses new facilities and modern equipment.
  • Peter Hall retires

  • Softop Socks Launched

    Softop™ socks were invented and patented in 1989 to minimise the problems caused by the tight elastic in other socks. Made of natural fibres and containing no-elastic at all they are still the market leader, having sold over 20 million pairs worldwide.
  • Neville Hall becomes next "Hands-on" Managing Director

  • Bought fine english sock manufacturer Pantherella

    In 2001 the acquisition of Pantherella, producers of fine English socks for over 70 years, allowed us to become the leading UK branded sock manufacturer.
  • Softop™ socks endorsed by the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

    Softop™ socks were endorsed by the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.