the tight bright hunker of an alpine garden

This poem honors the tiny alpine flowers that thrive in bitterly harsh landscapes, as well as the complexity of a mother-daughter relationship in the face of aging and the adversities that come with it.

Recounting a harrowing mountain trek with my own mother, the tight bright hunker of an alpine garden speaks to the intimate connection between our bodies, the separateness (and not) of our identities as women, and a gratitude for our endurance and survival.

Please note: Garnet color shown is sold out. Pockets and inner cuffs will be in a slightly lighter color, Ash Rose. Also available with pockets and cuffs in Pine Needle green. See swatches below.


the tight bright hunker of an alpine garden

  • Relaxed comfort is perfect for walking anywhere, mountain to museum
  • Waistline with a flat front and elastic back
  • Two large knee pockets in contrasting garnet, the right appliquéd with a gray sateen patch individually hand-painted with an abstract mountain range
  • Pant cuffs lined with an interior garnet layer visible when turned up, high or low
  • Two side-seam pockets; French seams
  • 10% of your Alpine purchase benefits The Dempsey Center (cancer support services in Maine) and, regionally, the Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Includes a card imprinted with the poem


Materials and garment care

Gray pant and garnet pockets: 55% recycled hemp, 45% organic cotton duck with 100% organic cotton sateen patch.

Delicate cold wash and hang dry, or green dry clean.
Do not bleach. Iron low heat.


Mariah, with the paper flowers, is 5’7” and is wearing size L.
Ava is 5’11” and is wearing size XS.
Lindsey, with the hiking stick, is 5’4” and is wearing size XS.


You are in on the ground floor of this project—thank you for your faith and sense of adventure! Right now, all items are available for pre-order only so that we may reach required minimums and craft our supply responsibly. 

Once you place your order, we will be in touch with updates as they happen. Because we cannot guarantee the ship date of preorder items, preorders may be cancelled for a full refund at any time up until the ship date. Please inquire as to the status of a preorder by writing to us at

Thank you again!

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