We're passionate in our beliefs that everyone deserves to have the best fitting uniform for their body so they can focus on work rather than restrictions of their gear. For individuals or agencies who will settle for no less than the best firefighting uniforms for their wildland needs, Green Buffalow makes the best fitting, most comfortable wildland fire gear available.
Green Buffalow was founded by Technical Designers that truly understand how to create a proper fit. That's why we've spent years perfecting the fit and style, paired with the right fabrics to design the most ergonomic uniforms available that will feel great, reduce heat stress, and allow for the most movement.
Why We Do It
We are Summer (left), and Korena (right). Many of our loved ones and family members have served in various types of fire suppression, from wildland to city fire departments. We've seen the hard work, the determination, the long weeks, and the sacrifices they give to keep our communities safe. We've also seen the struggles they've encountered with finding uniforms that fit right, don't restrict movement, and don't look or feel good. Our backgrounds in Apparel Merchandising and Design married with our knowledge of the needs of wildland fire gear, allow us to make an impact through the innovative designs and patterns we've developed to create a Technical Athletic Fit™ for both women and men. In conjunction with what we have done on the design side, we are the first female owned and operated company to have actively worked with the NFPA 1977 Committee in regard to sizing issues.
I am a mom of two boys and the wife of a wildland firefighter. When I was in college, I envisioned my life very different from how it actually turned out…and I couldn’t be happier. My husband has been in fire for over 20 years and the life of a fire wife is the only thing I have ever known. A career in fire has given us a sense of community and friends that have become family.
I graduated from college with a BS in Apparel Merchandising and Design two months prior to my oldest son being born, and since then our lives have been a blur. Shortly after graduating college, I felt I had made the wrong choice for my major. I thought I should have been a doctor, nurse, really any profession that I felt was being extremely helpful to the world…this could have been the mix of emotions from just having a baby and lack of sleep! BUT, I did and still do have a love for the design process even though I had to place my focus in other areas at times.
When Summer and I came together to work on a project, never in a million years did I think it would be to create wildland fire uniforms! Over the years as a spouse of an individual that has spent time as a crew member on engines, handcrews, a hotshot crew, and helitack, I have seen and heard a lot. I have been able to sit in on some the classes he has taught to watching him marshal in a helicopter in the middle of nowhere Idaho. Because of this, I have gotten to experience just a small portion of what that adrenaline rush feels like…and it’s FREAKING AMAZING! I have no desire to fight fire, but have a deep appreciation for those that do. Starting Green Buffalow gave me a way to give back to those that I appreciate and love so much and put my passion to work. Bonus, I did not have to go back to school to pursue another degree. Partnering with Summer has given both of us the opportunity to give back in a sense that we felt was helping a community that we have learned over the years have daily struggles with their uniforms. Individuals doing a physically taxing job along with issues of ill-fitting uniforms just did not make sense to us.
Summer and I have learned a lot throughout this process while working with firefighters and the NFPA 1977 committee and are continuing to learn to this day. There have been many ups and downs and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions! But we were able to execute our plan and finally be able to release what we feel is a design that will help and not hinder wildland firefighters’ daily activities.
Being in the Apparel Design world for 15 years has been a dream come true of mine. Though, I longed to find a way that I can really give back to society with my gifts and talents that I possess. With being a mom of 4 and wife, and trying to figure out how to give back in this area, was a hard balance to mesh these two worlds. When Korena and I began talking and realized we both had similar desires, our idea of giving back to the fire community with the best fitting uniforms WAS BORN! It has taken many years of learning and research to enter into this industry to offer our help in the way we know how… and we are still learning!
After looking at magazines all through math class in high school, which I completely regretted once I got into college, I found a passion. Attending college and graduating with a BS in Fashion Merchandising and Design was a huge achievement for me personally. Having my husband and baby daughter to cheer for me at graduation was priceless. Plus on my father’s side of the family, I was the first woman to earn a bachelors degree. This degree allowed me to work in many different areas in the apparel industry and really gain a wide knowledge of how it works. Soon, I had several littles who needed my attention, so I became a work-at-home mom to keep up with the industry and provide the care I desired to my kids. I have a huge love of the outdoors and get my family into the mountains as much as possible... from mountain hikes, bike rides, camping, walks, swimming, to skiing. I jump at the chance to get outdoors at every opportunity.
Fun fact: Korena and I went to high school and a little bit of college together… 12 hours from where we both currently live… weird! So when I began thinking that I wanted to venture out from working for clients, I called up Korena to see what she had been up to. Within a few meetings, we both were energized to bring something to the market that was desperately needed and it dealt with Apparel Design – BONUS! This was our way to continue working in an area that we love, but also giving back to the community. And, not just any community, the community that had become Korena’s family (plus I have structure firefighters in my family, so it really made sense).
This has been quite a ride and we have done so many things outside of our comfort zone. But with the feedback we have received from the fire community over the years, we are excited to finally be able to offer our items to the market. Plus I’d like to offer a special thanks to our children and husbands who have solidly stood by us for our “crazy dream”! We have flown to NFPA meetings (leaving for the airport at 2:30am so we can get home as soon as possible), working crazy hours of the night, and the many years we have put into this have brought us to this point. So thank you to them, and thank you to the WLFF’s who have given us feedback, and thank you to you, for reading about our journey and supporting us. Thanks for letting us help!
Our Name Origin
When we chose to walk this path, we had many late night meetings trying to pick the perfect name to encapsulate all of the goals and ideas of what we wanted to represent. Then, one night, our name picked us.
While doing research, we happened upon a historical story of the first known documentation in the United States of a wildland fire. Captured from the Lewis and Clark journal entry from 1804, it stated '...a boy went unhurt in the midst of the wildfire flaim...because a green buffalow skin was thrown over him by his mother. The fire did not burn under the green buffalow skin, leaving the grass around the boy unharmed." We knew immediately GREEN BUFFALOW must be our name. So when you look at our logo, see if you can find the mirrored image of the boy whose life was saved by that Green Buffalow skin.
Technical Athletic Fit™
They say that good things come to those who wait... that may be true in some regards, but we believe good 'ole-fashioned hard work pays off as well. The Green Buffalow Technical Athletic Fit™ is a fit that moves with you, not against. We developed our Technical Athletic Fit™ for this industry over several years of listening to the needs for good fitting firefighter apparel. Then, we paired that with our studies of the technical aspects of uniforms and gear for many different athletic fields who need great range of motion, safety from fire hazards, breathability, and comfort for long durations in the field. For the shirt, we have heard your desire for great range of motion in the arms without an excess of fabric that gets in the way, a chest that fits without being oversized or pulling, and pockets that actually hold what you need them to. For the pants, it was loud and clear that you needed a rise (crotch) that did not hang halfway to your knees where you would have to pull up your pants just to hike, you needed pockets in the dimensions and the right location, and overall you needed a fit that moves with you, not against. After many fit and wear trials we are pleased to present in 2020 Green Buffalow's first season of wildland fire gear. Shop to see our current offerings.