Hard at work since 1954


We were created for one reason - to find the best way to keep people warm and working. Since we opened our doors in 1954, we've been dedicated to making gear tougher than the conditions you work in. We don't sit around - every year we work to improve our products so you can get the job done no matter what the conditions are.

This dedication was instilled in the company by our founder, Myron Breakstone. Working in his family's dairy, Myron saw how hard it was for workers to stay warm and get the job done well. Wearing bulky wool coats over multiple layers sure kept them warm, but it slowed them down.

Myron also had first-hand knowledge of working in the freezing cold of Northern Italy during World War II. Loading bombers in those conditions was a very difficult job. Based on those observations and experiences working in cold weather, he was determined to find a better way to keep warm.

Myron founded the Insulated Clothing Manufacturing Company in 1952 but closed due to lack of capital. Then, in 1954 with his new brother-in-law Mortimer Malden as a partner, the RefrigiWear Clothing Company opened in New York City.

From the cold storage freezers of the Meatpacking District to the frozen tundra of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, RefrigiWear has been on the front lines with workers in the cold for 70 years.

Our relentless pursuit of the warmest and most durable workwear resulted in unprecedented growth. In May 2022, RefrigiWear acquired Samco, best-known for its value-oriented selection of cooler- and freezerwear basics. In January 2024, RefrigiWear acquired Avaska, well known for its European-style freezer gear and outerwear.

With these acquisitions, RefrigiWear customers now enjoy the largest selection of insulated workwear designed with functionality to meet the demands of virtually any job in the cold. These products are also available in a variety of price ranges to meet every customer's needs and budget.

The one thing that hasn't changed is RefrigiWear's unwavering commitment to keeping people warm at work without compromising their comfort or their performance. Founded as the "Modern Way to Keep Warm," RefrigiWear is still creating new styles, using innovative materials and delivering reliable, durable gear to protect people who work in the cold.

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