Photos courtesy of Heim-Made
For moms who’ve spent hours on hockey rinks from here to Duluth (and beyond), or endured sledding sessions in skinny jeans, a Minnesota mother-daughter team has your backside. Rose Heim and daughter Gretchen Heim originally hail from Kelliher, Minnesota, a town of 262 souls an hour south of Canada. Rose still lives there. They know cold weather.
Like many a Minnesotan, Gretchen’s first inclination during one particularly frigid winter was to wrap herself in a sleeping bag. (Sports moms: Who among us hasn't done this?) Unlike the rest of us, Gretchen deemed the sleeping bag a “fashionably and functionally irresponsible” solution, and designed a down-insulated skirt instead.
The aptly named Minne-Skirt has pockets and zips on both sides, and can be worn over jeans, tights, or leggings for extra warmth without the bulk of snow pants. Rose and Gretchen’s company, Heim-Made, also makes other cold-defying clothing, including fleece-lined leggings, a full-length Minne-Skirt, and a matching down vest.
“There's no reason you can't look cute and be warm,” Gretchen says. Women in cold-weather residences from here to Europe are doing everything from shopping to skiing in these skirts. (Though Gretchen does concede that snowpants are still the way to go if you are snowmobiling.)
No word yet on what’s next in the product line, but Heim-Made has had several requests for a male version of the Minne-Skirt, particularly for camping. A Minne-Kilt for dad? So Minnesota sexy!
Minne-Skirt ($115-125), by Heim-Made, available at heimmade.com