Express your affection for the Pine Tree State with Maine-inspired apparel
Mainers love Maine-centric pieces. What can we say? We’re proud of the state we live in and we’re happy to express that pride through locally printed apparel. I’m totally obsessed with my “The Way Life Should Be” sweatshirt from Fox Island Print Company. It’s not only the coziest sweatshirt I’ve ever owned, the sleeves actually accommodate my long arms, which is a rare find when it comes to women’s clothing. But what I love most about wearing a T-shirt, sweatshirt or hat with a Maine theme is the reaction you get from fellow locals who smile with equal Maine appreciation before asking where you got that shirt, because they’d like to get one, too.
Here are a few Maine-inspired sweatshirts and tees to add to your collection, so you can show your love for the Pine Tree State wherever you go.
? HILLS AND TRAILS
“Mountains of Maine” women’s tee ($28) from Portland-based Hills and Trails.
Shout out to your favorite Maine mountains: Bigelow, Sugarloaf, Pleasant, Tumbledown, Katahdin and Old Speck. Hills and Trails co-owners Kanye Zillmer and James Frydrych design and print their line of clothing and home goods inspired by Maine and the great outdoors. Find apparel prints and bags online at hillsandtrails.co.
? MIGHT & MAIN
“Dirigo” hoodie ($54) from Portland-based Might & Main.
“Dirigo” is Latin for “I direct” or “I lead,” which means this sweatshirt represents both your adoration for Maine and your inherent leadership skills. Might & Main is a brand design studio, and they have a pretty neat online shop of sweatshirts, hats, mugs, patches and posters. See the collection at might-main.com/shop.
? LIVE ME
“LoveME” V-neck T-shirt ($25) and pullover ($50) from LiveME in Portland.
Just come right out and say it: You love Maine so hard. LiveME has a cool collection of hats, T-shirts, posters and accessories with a range of Maine loves on them, from “SurfME” and “HikeME” to “BeerME” and “FishME.” Find the whole collection online at livememaine.com or in person at Old Port Card Works, Lisa Marie’s Made in Maine, Newbury Comics. (LiveME is offering Maine Women Magazine readers a 20% off discount: Use code MWMA)
? FOX ISLAND PRINTWORKS
“The way life should be” crewneck sweatshirt ($45) from Fox Island Printworks, based in North Haven.
The comfy unisex sweatshirt is perfect for lounging on a cool summer evening. There’s also a “The way life should be” apron, which you can wear while baking or grilling or when you’re browsing recipes online wondering what to make because you’re starving and everything looks delicious. Fox Island Printworks sells clothes, accessories, home goods and children/infant clothing. Find it all online at foxislandprintworks.com.
Katie Bingham-Smith is a writer, shoe addict and mother living in Bowdoinham. She pays her kids to rub her feet and never turns down anything with caffeine.