ModSock is the creation of Sock Genius™ Urania Shaklee, a businesswoman and sock lover who lives in Bellingham, Washington with a six-and-a-half foot sock monkey, and their cats Fonzi and Egg.
Urania began retailing socks in 2010 at her store The Purple Doorknob in Ellicottville, NY. In 2011, she moved to Bellingham where she opened her second store ModSock. In 2013, ModSock's own brand launched, a line of original sock designs defined by whimsy, color and fun.
ModSock's headquarters is a storefront located at 1323 Cornwall Ave., among the many locally-owned, independent businesses that make downtown Bellingham unique. The store stocks over 1,000 different sock styles and is jam-packed with color, texture and pattern.
Andrea Farrell grew up under a thick layer of clouds in Forks, Washington, and moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. In addition to being a champion speller and copy editor, she loves to bake cakes, peer into tidepools and watch old movies. She is currently running out of bookshelf space, and owns a shit-ton of awesome socks.
Andrea loves knee highs and over-the-knee socks, but also wears a lot of cute crew socks in the summertime. Her biggest sock annoyance is the bulky toe seam, and her favorite socks are ModSocks' Sloth Stripe.
Sockaholic and half-mermaid Lindsey Frazier is a member of the royal court of Urania Shaklee, Duchess of ModSock. Lindsey would like to think she’s a princess… or at least a jester.
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Lindsey “got the heck out of there ASAP” and moved to Bellingham in the fall of 2005 to begin her studies at Western Washington University where she received her B.A. in East Asian studies and Japanese language. After spending time living abroad in Japan, she realized in herself a strong penchant for healing and returned to the States to study massage therapy. Now, in addition to advising the royal sock court, Lindsey is a licensed massage practitioner and sole proprietor of Kokoro Massage.
Lindsey enjoys nerding out, gettin’ spiritual, going on adventures, conspiracy theories, and eating all the food. In Bellingham she recommends Busara Thai Cuisine, Fiamma Burger, Fiamma Pizza, Dragon River, Taste of India, Homeskillet, and Pure Bliss to get your eat on.
Like her sockmates, Lindsey is passionate about socks and sock fashion, ever happy to share her knowledge and recommendations with fellow enthusiasts and curious patrons. Her favorite styles include tights, leg-warmers, crazy crews, and “anything with cats on them” – but you’ll catch her rocking it all as she moves and grooves around Bellingham.
Once upon a time, before Sharon knew of the existence of The Sock Genius™ (err... Modsock owner Urania Shaklee), she sat alone in a chair overlooking the bay and journaled about the greatest idea ever: *to start her own sock store. The idea faded over time and then one day, out of the blue, she met Urania and realized that maybe the only thing better than starting her own store would be to help someone else start one. (Sharon's afraid of long-term commitment and small-business loans) They were immediate friends and she's danced happily in and out of the ModSock Empire ever since.
Her go-to style has historically been a knee length skirt and a pair of striped knee high or over-the-knees with a muted, not too vibrant design. However, she's recently begun an illicit love affair with Darn Tough for their unbeatable comfort and wearability.
In addition to being a Total SockStar she's a writer, photographer, knitter, bookkeeper, and graphic designer with a creepily good memory and a serious love for all things pumpkin spice.
Sharon's pro tip: Over the knee socks with fleece lined leggings underneath. Not only are you kept cozy and warm but the socks stay up better with a texture to grab on to that's not just bare thighs. And with leggings underneath you're always on the ready to climb a tree, hop on a bike or challenge a friend to a headstand competition without "I can't, I'm wearing a skirt," putting the smack down on your fun.
*Ok, the chair overlooking the bay thing is an embellishment but the journal entry really does exist!