Born and raised in Stillwater I grew up loving the outdoors, music, and art. After high school I ventured north and attended University of Minnesota Duluth for graphic design and photography. Living in Duluth was the only time that I ever lived outside of the St. Croix River Valley. I think the river valley will always be my home. My favorite places are either among the pine trees or next to water. You can always find me next to a bonfire, on the river in our 1970 Boston Whaler, or at a concert. My wonderful husband Dan shares the same love of the outdoors and music. We now live in the small town of Bayport with our dog Roman, and our crazy cat Mr. Wayne.
The idea of Minnesota Made started the summer of 2013 when I was unemployed and attended a Trampled by Turtles and Atmosphere concert in Duluth with a group of friends. We saw so many Minnesota shirts! Some of the designs were great, but the quality of shirts needed some help. Then I thought, I could do this. I could create some unique designs on quality clothing while giving Minnesotans apparel they can wear with pride. Not too long after that I started creating designs that Minnesotans could connect with and found high quality apparel that was made in the USA.
I still felt as though there was something missing from the shirts and wanted to do something more. I wanted people who purchased a piece of apparel feel special. That is why today you can find hidden quotes on the inside of all t-shirts. For many years I had created custom shirts for my husband as gifts and would put hidden messages on the inside of the them. Now, I am able to put hidden inspirational messages on the inside of the t-shirts and share them with a lot of people.
Today, Minnesota Made is a locally owned and operated apparel company rooted in the St. Croix River Valley. All business is now run out of our NEW studio located on the North Hill in Stillwater. Each design is designed and screen-printed in Minnesota with every T-shirt having a hidden quote made to empower and inspire and all of the apparel is proudly using sustainable and USA apparel. Minnesota Made is dedicated to unique and thoughtful design, quality clothing on premium fabrics, and giving Minnesotan’s apparel they can wear with pride.