Our Story

The Mitten State was founded on the premise that premium apparel shouldn't be limited to the big guys in retail.

Our Process

We make stuff in the USA. When you buy TMS apparel, rest assured it wasn't made in a dingy factory overseas by underage workers in dubious conditions. Our products are responsibly made in American factories by craftsmen and women with hundreds of years of combined experience.

Our Guarantee

We stand by every product. That's why we've put together The Mitten State Guarantee: If there is a defect, or something doesn't fit right, get ahold of us and we'll do our best to make it right. This TMS patch means something: It means you're covered. It means you're part of the family. This stuff is made for Michigan, which means it's made for you.

Our Apparel

Our apparel is the softest. Seriously, it's an obsession. Ever since stumbling across a well-loved heather gray Tigers shirt from the 1970s, it's been our mission to replicate that vintage awesomeness. And it doesn't go just for shirts: every item sold is either the softest, or the best! Trust us, if you like soft, you'll love TMS.

Made for Michigan

The Mitten State was founded on the premise that premium apparel shouldn't be limited to the big guys in retail.

Celebrating everything that makes our home state an awesome place to live or have lived, we curate collections that reflect Michigan. Co-founded by two friends in 2006, The Mitten State incorporates the symbols, events, and people that fit into our perspective of Michigan. We believe that Michigan has its own unique story and subculture, one that serves to unify us across the state.

TMS apparel is inspired by Michigan lifestyle / culture. Our designs are reminiscent of 1970s and 1980s era graphic art. The line is comprised primarily of vintage t-shirts and for good reason: there's nothing quite like a soft, well fitting t-shirt. Driven by a passion to create the best vintage inspired Michigan shirts around, we've built our company on the premise that our products should reflect the qualities that make our state and its citizens great.

Working from our design studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we strive to release products in limited quantities that reflect the Michigan story: where we've been, where we are, and where we're headed.  More than just an apparel company, The Mitten State is a project reflective of the community and culture of Michigan, its uniqueness and its fanbase.

From the Upper Peninsula down to our Southern-most border, we hope to represent as much of Michigan as possible and even help a little along the way: every purchase sees a portion donated to local charities.