Hi, my name is Kim, I started in this business at the age of 20 when I dropped out of college to ski.
Already having the passion for fashion and skill of sewing, I landed a great job at the Little Cottonwood Tailor Shop at Snowbird, Utah. Besides skiing every day, I was trained in the classical art of tailoring with a ski resort twist!
Since then, I’ve worked freelance in the outerwear industry, in-house for one of Utah’s local outerwear brands, Tsunami, and built and operated a successful retail, repair and custom ski clothing manufacture facility, Wasatch Design, at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
In all, I’ve spent over 10,000 hours learning from the ground up- repairing, tailoring, sourcing, developing and field-testing outerwear, merchandising and manufacturing.
Our family has been living in Bend since 2005. I opened Rugged Thread in 2011 to bring a practical service to the active outdoor community and fulfill my passion as an artist, artisan, engineer and to develop my business savvy.
As an outdoor enthusiast I understand the alchemy between fashion, fit, technology and function and enjoy geeking out on textiles, equipment, machines, tools, and collaborating with other talent to beautifully get the job done.
I enjoy meeting and helping people and working and playing in the outdoors—I am so lucky to love what I do for work, and I can’t wait to meet YOU!