Gina Locklear

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Gina Locklear (born c. 1979) is the founder of Zkano, an online retailer of organic cotton socks manufactured in Fort Payne, DeKalb County.

Her parents, Regina and Terry Locklear, founded Emi-G Knitting (named for her and her sister, Emily) in Fort Payne in 1991, mainly supplying white cushioned socks to Russell Athletic.

Locklear graduated from Samford University with a degree in business management in 2001 and worked as a real estate agent for LAH Real Estate before entering the sock business with her parents in 2008.

In addition to Zkano, which produces men's and women's socks sold online and through select retailers, Locklear founded the Little River Sock Mill as a supplier to boutique stores.

Locklear married Birmingham attorney Al Vreeland in 2013.

References

  • Williams, Roy L. (February 26, 2010) "Alabama businesswoman in step with environment with organic socks." The Birmingham News
  • Kurutz, Steven (March 29, 2016) "In Alabama, New Life for the Onetime Sock Capital of the World." The New York Times