Rosies Workwear has been creating work garments for women since 2002 designed by DIY Enthusiast, Founder Sharon Moore. Frustrated with the lack of women's workwear after taking a welding class, Moore put down her welding torch and picked up her sketch pad, and the idea of Rosies Workwear was born! Read more about our Founder here.
The garments have become more sophisticated and innovative throughout the years. Rosies makes design modifications based on stories from customers of how they are utilized and what is needed in the various fields they work in. Rosies workwear embraces this can do attitude and was developed to offer women a stylish alternative to traditional men’s workwear.
All Rosies products are made of lightweight, durable fabric with removable kneepads. They’re tough but comfortable and available in range of flattering colors and patterns. Rosies are perfect for welders, do-it-yourselfers, ranchers, mechanics, painters, farmers and gardeners. Check out our Gallery to see what today’s dedicated women are doing in style.
Rosies has been a small family business and has been woman owned since 2002. It is operated by a team of creative, fun, DIY lovin’ women. We love meeting and hearing from our inspiring customers!.
Rosies has recently moved to the heartland of the country to Manhattan Kansas where Abigail Wilson has been handed the torch from her great aunt Sharon and will continue the family business.as Sharon begins a new chapter in her life, (but will still remain Rosies trusted advisor)!
Abigail has worked for Rosies for the past few years and has spent time traveling in the Rosies van around the country meeting customers at shows and working in the warehouse and brainstorming on new designs. Abigail received her degree in Apparel and Textiles at Kansas State and grew up in the farm-centric Mid-West she has the skills and knowledge of what hardworking garments need for excellence. Abigail has plans for some new fresh items and upgrades and is looking forward to continuing serving Rosies customers. Abigail is excited to continue the family business and the mission to create and provide women's workwear to Today's Rosies that are just as passionate about creating a better world, as the past Rosies. They build, create, and grow with their own hands.
Who is Rosie?
During World War II, six million women went to work in manufacturing plants taking the place of the men who went overseas to fight. These women were memorialized by Rose Hill Monroe, a riveter who was featured in a poster campaign wearing coveralls and became the subject of the 1943 song "Rosie the Riveter." Rosie came to symbolize women’s new found strength and the slogan “we can do it” was born.
Rosies was named out of respect for Rosie the Riveter, the WWII symbol of dedicated and courageous women who stepped up to work the home-front jobs. Rosies designs overalls and coveralls for the modern Rosie.
According to the Encyclopedia of American Economic History, "Rosie the Riveter" inspired a social movement that increased the number of working American women by 57% between 1940 and 1944, and was one of the most widely recognized icons of the 1940's. She embodied everything a woman could want to be: attitude, beauty, and strength. The iconic "Rosie the Riveter" poster may have been one woman, but it was actually thousands upon thousands of women combined who were giving Rosie such a respected name and standing for this empowerment of women. It was these "Rosies" who were the ones stepping in to do the jobs the men serving in World War II left behind.
This is the reason we call ourselves Rosies Workwear…not Rosie's Workwear. Our grammar isn't really that bad, we are simply paying tribute to all of the women of the past, present, and future who give "Rosie" the reverence deserved.
A portion of our proceeds goes into causes that support and empower creative women in our community. Projects we have partnered with in the past include the Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build, Art in Action, National Young Farmers Coalition, National Farmers Union, Threshold Collaborative, and Rosie the Riveter Trust.