It all began back in 2007 when Connie Hahne and her husband Erich were making the 5-hour drive home from their cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Connie shared her crazy idea about making warm, winter mittens with maps of Michigan's Upper Peninsula on one mitten and the Lower Peninsula on the other to represent the “Mitten State”. Erich loved the idea! The rest of the drive flew by as they brain stormed, deciding they would logically name this new creation "Michigan Mittens". While travelling over the Mackinaw Bridge, Erich penned the slogan "Always have a MAP on Hand"!
In 2013 Connie, looking for help with product development and a possible partnership, walked into Earth 2 Earth, a Screen Print & Embroidery shop located in Downtown Pontiac. There she met Lisa Angelilli & Peter Boyer. Both talented artists and successful business owners for more than 20 years. Soon after, a partnership was formed.
Lisa has created the new signature maps that we proudly use on our mittens today as well as beautiful packaging, promotional pieces and added to the product line. Peter operates the factory and manages 18 full-time employees. Peter & Lisa have helped to reinvent & expand on Connie's crazy idea and Michigan Mittens is flourishing because of it.
We are proud to say that Michigan Mittens are made in America & each pair are handled by no fewer than 9 American workers!
Celebrate the Mitten State with Michigan Mittens!