About Pantherella

Discover Pantherella in its all glory. Take a look behind our famous blue door and find out what sets Pantherella socks apart from the competition. From the worlds most luxurious yarns to our highly skilled craftsmanship Pantherella socks are the worlds finest socks made in England since 1937.
The famous Pantherella Blue Door

Pantherella - Established 1937

Pantherella first opened its doors in 1937 and began trading as Midlands Hosiery Mills, an established women's hosiery factory. Fast forward to 1945 and our name was changed and a legend was born: Pantherella Fine English Socks began trading.

Innovation and Pioneers

The maverick behind Pantherella was Louis Goldschmidt, he had a vision that fine gauge english socks were the future. Tired of producing bulky bland, uncomfortable socks for men he believed that lightweight, seamless, fancy socks would be in high demand. After careful persuasion Goldschmidt convinced local machine makers P.A. Bentley to produce a specialist sock machine. The demand for lightweight mens socks was significant. By the time the competitors cottoned on to Goldschmidt’s   innovative design plans he had already set the industry standard, leaving the competition in the shadows. Pantherella were renowned for creating the worlds finest socks.

Pantherella Goes Global

Over his time in the industry Goldschmidt had developed an admirable list of contacts, enabling him to export his products within Europe. It was during the 1940s he began exporting to North America, followed by Australia in later years. Pantherella's exports grew to huge numbers, on average 75% of production. Pantherella was a storming success the world over.

Provenance, Design & Quality

Pantherella has never shied away from setting precedents; when others have turned to cheaper alternatives, Pantherella have held firm in their beliefs, still today making all of our fine English socks right here behind the blue door at our family owned factory in Leicester. Pantherella's philosophy of 'Provenance, Design & Quality' still rings true today. Our collections have advanced in leaps and bounds since the early days of Louis' basic ribbed socks.

Take a look at Pantherella socks and purchase your favourite pairs straight from our factory in Leicester


Transcript of the 'Pantherella - Made in Leicester since 1937' video

My name's Justin Hall. I'm a 5th generation sock maker and my family started making socks in 1882. Pantherella was started in 1937 by Louis Goldschmidt. He started his factory on Hallaton Street here in Leicester, England and we're still based on the same street to this day.

Hand-Finished by Expert Sockmakers

Right from the very beginning, Pantherella established itself as a maker of fine English socks. We use a lot of modern machinery in making our socks, but it does mean we still use a lot of traditional techniques and processes. Every Pantherella sock is crafted by of our skilled team of sock makers. We've been making socks for generations. There's a real dedication to delivering quality and within the business there's generations of families who've worked here as well.


Each pair of our socks is hand-finished to ensure they meet our highest quality standards. Things such as the smooth fine-linked toe seams that add extra comfort. We do reinforce heels and toes for added durability. These are skills that can take years to acquire. There's a lot of know-how with regards to using natural materials and natural fibres. We do use the best quality materials in the world. We have done for generations and we're continuing to do so.