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MoxyMaüs is hoping to turn heads with its new fashionable line of socks for ladies featuring eye-catching designs and popping colour combinations that burst with personality.

The Ottawa sock company is the brainchild of Edward Nagy, who has created 78 different designs for men and women to date. Inspired by architecture, nature and fashion, he often takes photographs of pleasing vistas and then sketches a pattern.

Each sock has a name and a story behind it. Galaxy, a polka-dot sock in black, white and matching blue trim on the toe and heel, is a nod to Nagy’s love of astronomy.

Amazon Stripes was inspired by the colours of a tropical rainforest at night, while the Gotham sock looks like a scene out of Spider-Man. The chic women’s collection includes crew and ankle socks, as well as over-the-knee and knee-high. There are also plans to roll out tights in the near future.

One of his signature trademarks is lots of big, happy polka-dots.

“I don’t really follow trends, but polka-dots appeared on men’s ties and socks a lot in the ’30s and ’40s and then disappeared. Now men are embracing them once again. I wanted lots of pop in my socks.”

Nagy, a former policy analyst with Health Canada, first put a spring in the step of Ottawa’s dapper men in 2010 when he launched the company.

The socks appeal to a man who wants to add a little fun while wearing a suit, dress pants or jeans.

The socks are produced in Turkey and are made with cotton, polyamide and Lycra.

“When I first started the company, I only had men in mind. But a funny thing happened: women started buying the socks for their man and themselves. The hosiery industry caters to women size6 to 9½, but women were coming to us as we sell size 10.”

MoxyMaüs is primarily an Internet-based business, but also has retail space at Place d’Orleans Shopping Centre. The socks are available at several area retail outlets and as far away as Japan.

Photos shot on location at MediaStyle on Bank Street.

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