Missing out on the 20th year of overalls
Vilho Myllykangas ran Haalarikauppa Myllykangas for 19 years before calling it quits. He now provides consultation for HVAC construction through his company Nordic Bright and runs the record company Millmoor Records & Productions in Tampere.
“Selling overalls was a fun and versatile job! I enjoyed working with students,” he recalls.
Vilho Myllykangas managed everything in his overalls business from sales to placing orders, buying fabric and freight. He ordered fabrics from Finlayson, but also from abroad, such as from Pakistan and The Netherlands. Sometimes he would prepare the print material for the printing company on behalf of the customer.
“I wanted to make it as easy as possible for students to order overalls, because they have plenty of other things to do.”
Myllykangas stopped selling overalls in 2018. He explains that the reason for this was the delivery problems of his partners at the time.
“Plus, I couldn’t find a sewing shop that would meet my requirements for delivery reliability and sewing quality.”
Vilho Myllykangas does not own a pair of overalls himself, but speaking from his 19 years of experience in overalls, he has a piece of advice to share:
“A pair of overalls that’s too big will bother you less than a pair that’s too small. You can easily fit other clothes underneath a big pair of overalls.”