Mail Order Shutdown – and a new future!

We are no longer accepting web or phone orders, until Spring 2018. We are SO sorry to all our far flung fans, particularly those of you who have been watching and waiting patiently for that sweet new Melly.

Unfortunately, something had to give. Exploding demand, and ridiculous 7 month delays at Polartec (our fabric supplier), have left us with chronically low inventory. The Melanzana shopping experience has been deteriorating. For the next few months we will focus on building inventory in our brick-and-mortar store in Leadville, thus bringing the store back to it’s former glory. Online sales will return later in 2018 with an all new format, so please don’t despair! Yep, we are busting our butts daily.


In the past few years we have doubled our production to 2800 garments a month. We are committed to long term success! Sewing, sewing, sewing…


To make room for continued growth, we are in the midst of a major 2000 square foot expansion project. More space, more sewing machines, more awesome employees, more cozy hoodies. The plastic is up…


and behind the plastic, old walls are coming down…


Thanks so much for your support and understanding!

Fritz Howard,ย Founder

To be notified when we are back online in 2018, submit your emailย HERE.


67 responses to “Mail Order Shutdown – and a new future!

  1. Oh so sad! Iโ€™m sure glad I ordered the Xmas presents early this year! I hope the next few months help you catch up and I will be excited to have the online ordering back in the spring of next year! Happy holidays and thanks!

  2. That’s unfortunate, I’d been planning on ordering one of your hard face fleeces for a while now but I wanted to wait till I got back out to California. Just got on today to buy it….

  3. It’s a good problem to have…good for you! Thanks for the communication and commitment to serve your customers so thoughtfully. We will anxiously await your reopening next year!

  4. I’m not surprised and agree with your move. As a customer, it has been a bit frustrating, so I applaude the move if it supports Melly’s long term success and means I can get your products when I want them. To clarify, the Leadville shop is still currently open? Can I call to check inventory before I drive up from Greeley?

    Love your stuff…


    Ugh! I shouldn’t have promoted the Melly’s so hard the last few months. There goes my xmas presents!!! good luck though!

  6. Dang, have been refreshing the site for months trying to buy a mens M microgrid hoodie for my dad, who became obsessed after seeing one my colleague was wearing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Guess he’ll have to wait for his birthday rather than Christmas unless we can make it to Leadville…

  7. So happy for your success. I remember when you got started. Still wear my 21 yr. Old fleece. Much respect to you all. Please let me know when you’re up and running again. Grateful costumer frank brown.

  8. Looking forward to visiting your store on our ski trip in Jan 2018.. love your products and your company.. thankful you have stayed faithful in your beliefs… local and awesome quality:) I will patiently wait knowing what is to come…

  9. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ was hoping to snag one of your hoodies for my PCT thru. I hope you’ll be up and running before 4.16.18!

  10. Thanks for the heads up. It’s good to know that business is that good for you and that you’re keeping it local. Meanwhile, I’ll just snuggle down in my microgrid hoodie here in Minnesota and wait patiently for your online store to come back.

  11. So exciting for you all! Reading comments to see some people are disappointed, but I think we should all focus on how great this is for melanzana overall! Good thing I bought my first two mellies this year! They’ll keep me warm and cozy until spring ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. As Maxwell Smart would say… “Missed it by THAT much.” We meant to come visit the store this summer as we passed through Leadville but we were short on time and I figured I’d just order online later. Excited for you and hopefully I can get to the store this winter or wait (patiently ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) for Spring!

  13. We โค you in Silver Plume and applaud your success and continued perseverance to indie integrity! We roadtrip to PbVille every couple months and always stop in to see what's up…will continue to come by and see what we can grab as it comes available. Wanting a guy's hoodie and girly skirt but are patient. Again, congrats on the success! Know it's hard to let folks down (coming from another in the retail biz) but…that's (show) business! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep it up!!!

  14. Will look forward to 2018 then. Last year tried to get my parents some of the pants and unable to get a color in their size. Hoped to make it happen this year, but maybe 2018! Love your products — great for the Ohio winters.

  15. Good problem to have and tough when Polartec is so far behind on supply. Have you guys considered doing a seasonal pre-order (winter orders due in August for example) so you can keep up with customer demand, forecast and maintain profitable inventory levels without excessive overhead?

    • Hey Brett – Good idea, but sounds more like a strategy for dealing with wholesale customers, not so much for retail? For sure, we need to step up our ability to plan, which historically could be summed up as “make as much stuff as we can, and watch it fly out to the door”.

  16. My friend here in VT has a microgrid dress that I love. I will wait patiently. Best of luck!

  17. Oh man what a bummer! I received a gift certificate for my birthday a few months ago and kept checking back seeing the website message “more inventory coming in October” which then became November and alas Spring 2018. At least I don’t see an expiration date on the Gift Certificate? Congrats on the business success, I will continue to wait patiently for a microfleece dress!

  18. You have to be the hardest store to buy something from, other than a hat or pair of socks. Visited store in the Winter, minimal stock. Visited store in Summer, minimal stock. Visited store in the Fall minimal stock, said something to staff and was told to go online to order in next couple months. Checked online in October, minimal stock, website said more stock to come in November. Checking in November, now you don’t take orders online. WTH. If I didn’t already have some clothing I would think this was some kind of cruel joke, and your store doesn’t really produce clothing. But also know if I didn’t think your clothing was the real deal I wouldn’t have tried to get something from you for so long. I will try again this Winter.

    • Yep, we’ve had low inventory most of 2017, it’s been a bummer all around. This is why we took drastic measures to fix the shopping experience in our store. Hopefully next time you visit we will have what you want! Feel free to call ahead to double check before making the drive.

  19. LOVE your products and have bought both online and twice at the Leadville store. Top quality and my go to for cold Wisconsin days and nights. Glad things are going well. See you in July!!!!

  20. Those of us who swear by your products will be patiently waiting. I was waiting for more inventory to stock up this winter. Luckily I ordered several items last season and they are holding up very well. I was at the Cherry Creek Mall last Christmas and a young man got on the elevator wearing one of your pullovers. I complimented him on his choice and told him I owned several articles of clothing by the Melanzana myself. He immediately expressed a desire to own more. Anyway it is nice to know that we are a privileged that get to own and wear your products, because you can only get them by going to Leadville, at least for the time being.

  21. I’d like to order some fleeces, I’ve been buying your gear for the past 10 years. How do I place an order ?

  22. Awesome

  23. Any idea if you will ever add thumbholes to any products? The micro grid is my favorite layering piece I’ve ever used by far, however I feel like it could be improved with the addition of thumbholes. Patiently waiting for your online store to open up!

  24. Yooooo please! Leaving for Australia in 3 weeks and realized I left mine back in Durango. If there is any large hooded pullovers that were messed up in production, I would buy one! Hook it up, I love you guys

  25. My Brother is headed to the Leadville Store sometime next week; here’s praying for that fresh MG Hoddy magic in XL!!!

  26. I wanted one for christmas! Thankfully I have two already, I will be waiting for spring 2018 Congrats on the extra space!! Happy holidays!

  27. Way to go Melly crew! I’ve had a couple people in my small Alaska town ask if they could buy my Melly off of me! We are all waiting patiently and I am so excited for your booming success!!

  28. Excited that business is booming! When are you forecasting that you will reopen online sales?

  29. Hi I know you don’t have date but do you think orders will be back up by may

  30. I think itโ€™s spring…Close enough in Minnesota, itโ€™s over 30 degrees. I hope we are getting near. Your clothes come in handy on Lake Superior.

  31. Hi I’m sure it might not feel like spring in Leadville, but it is here in WA state so I’m hoping online ordering will be back up sometime soon…???? Love my microgrids, but they’re cold and need a new fuzzy friend…..

  32. Visited your Leadville location in 2016 and mail ordered a hoodie for my wife upon our return home.

    Eagerly awaiting the opportunity to continue supporting your efforts!

  33. Melissa Hessler

    When do you think youโ€™ll be back online for ordering?

  34. Johanna Woodbury

    Jackson from plantriotic highly recommend your products and I can’t wait to order something when your back doing that at

  35. Y’all got some amazing customers here! Good luck…

  36. I can’t be the only one that feels like this is the LONGEST spring ever !!!! Hope the transition is going smoothly, we are so excited to get some new Mellys!


  37. Can’t wait to get my fleece! Email me when you have them please ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. April 30th, you guys are on the clock!

    …Just kidding!

    (but kind of not really =D)

  39. It’s May!! Any updates? Your customers are foaming at the mouth waiting to get their hands on a new Melly ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. I own 32 Powder Dry shirts that are about 4 years old and in need of replacement. They are the best. I do everything in them. I sure hope you guys finally have fabric and the people to make a ton of variety Powder Dry shirts, both long sleeve and short. More colors!!!

  41. Almost September…online ordering opening soon? ๐Ÿ™‚

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