The 25 Best New England Brands of All Time

From: Hudson, Mass.
Founded: 1975

It doesn't take a meteorology degree to tell you New England gets pretty cold in the winter. Anyone who grew up in one of the six states knows that owning a proper winter jacket is paramount for making it through the hellish tundra we call Old Man Winter. Penfield was founded in 1975 in Hudson, Mass. and made its name by making down-filled jackets, fleece garments, and other much-needed outerwear. Recent years have seen Penfield become the go-to brand for streetwear enthusiasts to survive a December campout, or just look adequate enough for three months out of the year. But function will always remain superior to design, and even though Penfield's newest collections look awesome, we keep checking for the brand because we hate being cold.

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