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About Brightwater Clothing & Gear Shopify Page


Bill Damberg Owner of Brightwater Clothing & Gear

Brightwater Clothing & Gear is a small-town store with a big-time mission: to scour the world in search of threads and tools that work every bit as well as they look. Each item is hand selected to stand the test of time because we strive to offer products that we believe in. Our job is to provide a curated selection of products that look great, fit, last and do what they are supposed to do. You have our word. After 25 years in the business, we hope that means something.

Brightwater searches for brands that standout. Companies that standout for integrity, companies that standout for fit, companies that standout for style. Some are American heritage companies, like Gitman Bros.; a custom ready-made shirt factory that has been making shirts in Ashland, Pennsylvania for over 70 years. Others are made right here in Minnesota, like Red Wing Heritage Boots, and beautiful leather and canvas bags from J.W. Hulme Co., made in St. Paul.

We look to Europe and Britain for companies that fit the bill too. Be it technical sportswear with an adventurous spirit from Amundsen, or iconic knits from Dale of Norway, or high fashion pieces from Sandqvist of Sweden, or Parajumpers of Italy, our goal is to provide great products that you reach for first.

Most importantly, Brightwater offers service. Call it old fashioned, but the goal is to make you look forward to your next visit to Brightwater. Our aim is to earn your business; and to have a little fun in the process.