Sewers at work.

AUG_2017 slow down

This summer has blown by in a blur of fleece. Every day we hear that someone’s daughter/cousin/raft guide told them they MUST stop by Melanzana next time they are in Leadville. We love seeing your worn out old Mellys, and hearing about how many consecutive days you have lived in your Micro Grid Hoodies. Thank you so much for your support! Sadly though, we can’t keep up.


AUG_2017 MonicaMonica is an awesome sewer.

We carefully grow our production team every year, and we now have sixteen amazing full time sewers in our little shop. Despite these efforts we are still left with empty racks. Even worse, our fabric supplier continues to experience moving pains, and our fabric shipments are currently running 4 months late.


AUG_2017 ZachZach has skills with the hot drill.

But don’t lose hope! We have new colors in Micro Grid, Wind Pro, and Power Dry coming this fall. Good things are happening, and we cannot tell you how much we appreciate your patience!


AUG_2017 Melly remodelNew office & bathrooms taking shape next door.

AND, a massive remodel of our building is well underway. This winter we will tear down the walls between Melanzana and the old restaurant next door, doubling our production space and giving us room to grow and evolve for many years to come. Our commitment to providing jobs and operating locally is stronger than ever, and maybe – just maybe – in the future this will help us keep some product on the shelves.

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  1. Karen Coteleso August 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I am so happy you can continue to provide us loyalists with their Mellies! I was really worried when I started reading the blog that Melanzana would no longer exist. I visit Leadville every year and always update my collection either at the store or on-line. My whole family love Melanzana! continue to do Good Work! Thank you.

  2. Amy B August 18, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Hey I’m seeing some new colors starting to show up on the website for the hard face vest! I’m looking for some womens XL! Any idea if those will be available soon? I just love Melanzana!

    • Melanzana - Leadville, Colorado August 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Amy – Yes we will have a few Hard Face Vests in Women’s XL coming out in a couple of weeks. You can email our retail staff for more details: info at melanzana dot com. Thanks!

  3. Maxwell Nagel September 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Hoping to buy a micro grid hoodie soon. I’ll be waiting for more colors in mens medium whenever you have them available. Does anyone know if this would work well for a NOBO AT thru hike?

    • Melanzana - Leadville, Colorado September 14, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Hi – We will have more Men’s Medium MG Hoodies coming out next week, but we are only working with a handful of colors right now due to issues at the fabric mill. Please email our retail staff directly for more detail or if you want to be contacted directly when they are available. A lot of people like our MG hoodies for thru hiking. It’s a simple and versatile layer that works great for moderate activity and the hood is sweet at night when camping. Good luck!

      • Maxwell Nagel September 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

        Okay, thank you!

  4. Amy September 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Wow, I’m loving the new colors in the MG Hoody! Will you have some womens large available soon???

    • Melanzana - Leadville, Colorado September 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Yes, probably early next week. You can just watch for them online, or email our retail staff early next week, info at melanzana dot com. Thanks!

  5. Chloe Smith September 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Will the Mustard color be coming back in the Women’s MG? Love that one!

  6. Mark September 26, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Will you be getting more Men’s XL MG Hoodies in the new colors?

    • Melanzana - Leadville, Colorado September 27, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Hi Mark – Yeah we will have a few more Men’s XL trickle out towards the end of the week. Color selection will be limited due to delays at the fabric mill. To contact our retail staff directly: info at melanzana dot com. If you request it they will contact you directly when we have the item you are looking for. Thanks!

  7. Patricia Hansen October 15, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Oh no I need a microgrid hoodie for Nieces birthday at the end of the month can I get an email when more are available?

    • Melanzana - Leadville, Colorado October 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      HI P- We are making more MG Hoodies all month. There is a huge backlog of demand, so I can’t say for sure when we may have what you are looking for. Please email our retail staff for more detail: info at melanzana dot com

  8. hilde November 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Glad to see you are growing, sorry to see no Melly shopping for me for a while. The email sign up doesn’t work and I would love to be able to know when you are back online. Any help?

    • Melanzana - Leadville, Colorado November 16, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Hi hilde – Our email server was down for two days this week, but it looks like it is working again now. Give it a shot and let us know if you have any further problems. Thanks!

  9. Charlie November 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    As long as I have a pulse I’ll be buying Melanzana clothing.

    Fritz/Melanzana crew “keep on rocking in the free world”

    Thanks for making life better.

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