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Feel Better Working

Tough as nails on the outside. 

Soft as kittens on the inside.

Join Glow Workwear. Celebrate the jobs we do outside.

Let's be friends! Sign up to get our launch date delivered to your inbox. We go live on kickstarter, September 2018. Otherwise I'll send you an email once a week (no more, we promise!) with a short story about people nailing their jobs in the outdoors.

 

 
 
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Workwear for women who are:

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To know that: 1. I'm good at my job. 2. I'm a woman. 

That clothing is hard to find. If we can put a person on the moon, we can make workwear for women that is flexible, briliant, durable, and professional.

Our mission is make durable workwear for confident women.  

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On-the-job Photography


We're committed to getting our hands dirty.  

We use photos of real jobs and the people who work them. Let us tag along with you to learn your story of working outside. We will come photograph you and your work for Glow Workwear. Email us at emily@mtglow.com

 

Goin' to Town Pants

(Denim)

Denim is durable. It's office, field, farm, coffee shop, and daycare pickup ready. We worked to fix the waist line, make deeper and more pockets (7 total!!), put in a gusseted crotch and pick a great denim. We picked a performance denim from Cone Denim. It's 12 ounces with 91% cotton, 6% poly, 3% elastane.

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Emily,
Glow Founder

Learning to glow

My Vermont family “sugared.”  That’s what we call a maple syrup operation. This meant time in the woods during winter and muddy spring months. The rest of the year, my parents ran a standing seam roofing company. My mom, like many mothers, never stops. Not only was she determined to raise my brother and I, single handedly (sorry dad!).  She grew and cooked the food we ate (within reason, but why did she have to grow so much zucchini?). And, she dragged us to the construction sites to pitch in. My mother stood on roofs and ran the metal sheets that clipped together. As kids, we needed to contribute.  Or, at a minimum, we weren’t allowed to complain.  

At a young age, I realized there can be
plenty of fun had while working.

 

 
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Let’s design, source, and build clothes to reflect the bodies we have, the work we do, and the fun that follows us.

- Emily, Glow Founder

I attended college in Missoula, Montana. My friends were getting hired by Forest Service crews for summer jobs. Since I like to dig in the dirt, and work long days, it seemed like a natural fit. My first Forest Service job was on a trail crew in Girdwood, Alaska on the Chugach National Forest.  I built gravel turnpikes, pounded spikes into boardwalk and yes, saw bears walk through our worksite. In the fall, I continued my microbiology degree.  I planned to apply to pharmacy school. While I interned at a pharmacy, the pharmacist recommended I should apply to become a doctor or physician’s assistant. His job bored him. I did not waver and applied to pharmacy school.

As the swift fist of fate decided, I did not get into pharmacy school. My C’s in Organic Chemistry told them, and me, that I’d have better things to do.  Though I did graduate with the Microbiology degree, I never took that job in a medical lab. I took a job on a wildland fire crew.

The office could wait. I’d get to it...someday.

And yet? Fire fighting is fun. I loved it. But, by the end of my second season, I began wondering about my Nomex fire resistant clothes. They were unisex. Which is code for “made for men.” I saw the opportunity. I could make nomex clothing that fit better. Because I’m not the first woman in the forest service, nor am I going to be the last. Can’t I look competent if I feel competent? I felt like I was wearing hand-me-down boy clothes.

My boyfriend from the fire crew became my husband. We grew our shared knowledge into a forestry and tree care company. We had two kids. We expanded the business to work across four states, with thousands of private and public clients.

All the while I search (order, send back, repeat) for workwear that is nailing it. I think of my first summer with fire. And thinking of that summer always leads me back to the desire for my next adventure. I think, “Can the pants fit this time?”  I continued to search for the right clothing to enable me to comfortably and professionally do my job. But did it matter?

As life does, it had other plans for me for me.  My beloved brother, the one that understood me unlike anybody else does, received a colon cancer diagnosis at age 34. I rushed back to Vermont to be with him, to share his last months alive, to live in that muddy spring once again. He died by the time he reached 36, and left a wife and two small children.

Grief left me in a fog. But it left me asking, too.  

What matters to me?

It matters to me how my clothes make me feel when morning hits and I slip them on for my next adventure. It matters to me that someone recognizes my problems are not trivial. They are a business opportunity. It matters to me that people without the privilege of growing up working outside can see themselves as leaders in the outdoor space - Agriculture, Earth Sciences, Biologist, Horticulturalist, Foresters, Trail Crew members, and on and on. We need to let them in when they knock on the door for a job.

What woman is saying “no” to their dream job because they don’t see themselves in the marketing, they don’t see themselves, quite literally wearing the pants.

We should look like the gender we want to look like and that includes outdoor work too. (Plus, can we get a pocket that can fit a plus size iPhone up in here?!).  Let’s design, source, and build clothes to reflect the bodies we have, the work we do, and the fun that follows us.

It took a long time to say yes to this idea. The time has come.

It’s time for us to follow careers that make us shine.

It’s time for us to Glow this place up. Glow Workwear.

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Leggers:

Leggings for Loggers

The leggers are built for maximum movement without sacrificing durability. Basically we wondered what would happen if work pants and yoga pants got together and had a baby. The answer is yes, buy them now.  Your general badassery just got 9 pockets, durability designed for military missions (Thanks, people at Tweave!) and still delivers our softness next to skin requirements.  A pant made of nylon and spandex. The fabric is made in Massachussets and it's sewn by some good people in New Jersey. Dreams do come true. Now get out there and finish some projects.

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How does a pair of pants simultaneously fall off the butt and strangle my stomach when bending to work?! Why do they think women don't need pockets deeper than a few inches?

— Survey respondent # 53, and most women we know.

 
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Investigator

Durable Polartec Fleece Vest

A vest for all your hustling. Buttery soft, Polartec fleece touches the skin on the inside. The outside of the fleece is a hardface made to protest sticks, poop, windstorms (blocks 85% of wind!), catering gigs, roofs, rock walls, and dirt. Did I mention this is water resistant AND 85% breathable. What doesn't it do? Pockets? Yup, three big ones, including an exterior phone pocket.

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