Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread! Happy 20th Melly!
By Kendra Kurihara, Melanzana
Amazing! It’s been 20 years since Fritz Howard moved to Leadville with two sewing machines in the back of his two-wheel-drive Nissan pick up. He soon found an office upstairs in the Bank Annex building on East 5th Street.
We were called “Eggplant” back then, and there was no Polartec fleece to be seen anywhere. Our earliest products were GORE-TEX gaiters, overmitts and custom bibs for climbing and skiing. Since those dreamy days in 1994, Melanzana has slowly and cautiously evolved into a downtown Leadville institution.
Join us between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a community-wide downtown sidewalk sale (look for the balloons), free Lions Club hot dogs, groovy acoustic music by Local Honey, and a gigantic pile of half-price Micro Grid Hoodies.
Wear your oldest Melanzanas for the Vintage Melly Contest, take a factory tour, and check out our Melanzana History display. Cool! And THANK YOU to everyone that has ever supported us in any way, we could not have made it this far without Leadville’s wonderful community.