Maine-based clothing companies are sewn into the fabric of our great state. Maine textiles, Maine clothing, and Maine home goods are increasingly big business in our small state. We’ve featured a number of these businesses and makers on our show and want to highlight their respective paths to success on a local and national level. Maine style is always evolving, but it is rooted in our cozy winter culture, an affinity for handmade goods that last, slow fashion, and materials that are sustainably sourced and practical, as well as beautiful. Are you considering taking your knitwear business to the next level? Take a look at these models of perseverance and success in the style sector of the Maine consumer market.
Erin Flett manufactures textiles. Her process is artisanal from start to finish. She hand-draws original designs for pillows, wallpaper, bags of all sizes, and kitchen linens. She brings unique art to your everyday life and home with goods that are made to order, ethically crafted, and beautiful. She is a distinctly Maine lifestyle company that prides itself on quality as well as the aesthetic component of the work. She is a wife and mother, in addition to a passionate and prolific designer of textiles of many types. She is currently working out of an old Maine cotton mill and digs into that storied local tradition as she creates new things that are both edgy and joyful. She was a dynamic addition to Season 5, episode 3 of Greenlight Maine.
Sarah Doscinski and Kelley Cullenberg, co-owners of Spandits! Apparel (pictured), who were inspired by their background as athletes to design fitness apparel that is both fun and functional. They hit the market running, during the athleisure boom, and were a serious force to contend with during their Season 5, episode 6 appearance. They source materials locally and hire Maine sewers to produce their awesome designs. We love seeing how they are growing, now working with a material that is made from recycled materials and flexible enough for any sport you take on. But this is not your mom’s crunchy granola gear. No, they employ the latest technology for a fabric that manages moisture and odor and quickly dries. They offer discounts for teams purchasing quantities of the same style and make their commitment to community and camaraderie stitched into the fabric of who they are as a Maine-based company.
Kerfluffle Fiber Farm
Spandits! direct competitor on episode 6 was Kerfluffle Fiber Farm. Mandy McDonald has hit upon a style that is trendy and enduring with her hooded infinity scarves. She has a love for the animals on her farm, such as alpacas, sheep, and rabbits from whose fur she spins her yarns through the process of fiber sorting from farm to fluff to stuff. Many consumers are looking back to earlier, simpler times, and are interested in purchasing consumer goods made locally on a smaller scale. We love supporting where history meets innovation and tradition and the 21st Century intersect. These comfy scarves keep you cozy and chic through every season in Maine, which sometimes occurs all in one afternoon.
Are you making interesting clothing, hand-stitched hats, patterned pillows, or other graphic textiles, and want to turn your hobby into a viable small business? Add your creations to the upcoming season of Greenlight Maine. Apply now.