"Our mission is to design and make quality outdoor clothing inspired by Minnesota's Boundary Waters and other wild places. We strive to build community by relying on local labor, paying livable wages and giving generously."
Support Small Town America-Ely, MN
Since 1987, Wintergreen has quietly nurtured the trend to "bring it home" --
to return the design and crafting of apparel from overseas factories to main street America. Our shop is front and center in downtown Ely, famous as Minnesota's 'end of the road' northern border town.
We stand proudly with the groundswell of small manufacturing businesses nationwide that are successfully revitalizing small-town America. We seek to build community by relying on local talent, paying living wages, and giving generously to the community. “Bring it home” also extends to our source materials: all of our fleece fabric is US-made.
Adventure Tested Performance
Wintergreen's roots lay in crafting clothing to meet the demands of our adventure pursuits, which have taken us to both ends of the earth --the Arctic & Antarctic-- and many remote places in between. But the center of our universe is the Boundary Waters, the vast pristine lake-land forest that straddles the Minnesota-Ontario border. This, the world’s premier canoe country and America’s “dogsledding capital,” is where we live, work and play. It is the inspiration for our designs and our year-round test lab.
Focus On Quality
Regardless of where your outdoor interests lie, you’ll find that Wintergreen Northern Wear will deliver exactly what we promise: quality, distinction, performance, and "Made in USA" pride. Walk the talk with Wintergreen by wearing garments that are built to last and reflect a commitment to core values and community.
Wintergreen Northern Wear relies entirely upon local talent. Our Wintergreen team is now over two dozen people strong and includes the founding family: Sue, Paul, Bria, Peter, & Berit Schurke. We value an engaging workplace to collaboratively craft the best possible garments.
Our passion for our product reflects our passion for our adventurous and beautiful Northwoods region and the renowned border town of Ely that we call home.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), is a hardy little boreal shrub that thrives year round, but especially in the winter – just like our garments!
After a 6-year hiatus, Susan and Paul Schurke are back at the helm of the Made-In-Ely clothing company they created nearly 30 years ago. They sold Wintergreen in 2009. When the new owners closed it in 2013, the Schurkes purchased some of the equipment and inventory. In 2014, they bought the building back. Then in September 2015, much to their delight, they were able to retrieve the trademark and patterns. Wintergreen is now reborn and ready to outfit the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts with the distinctive active-wear for which it has been famous since 1987.