About

Kimberly Kinney, the founder and Chief Repair Officer, in her studio.  Bend OR

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!

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Participant in 2014 Skiing Magazine’s America’s Best Bootfitter’s boot test, Mt. Bachelor OR

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 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.

Kim riding vintage BMW K-75, NEW in 1988!

I bought this BMW K75 new in 1988, now I’m a vintage rider, ha!

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.

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I appreciate my partner and favorite ski buddy for over 20 years, thank you Jim! Top of Mt. Bachelor early season with fresh snow.

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!

Let’s get repairin’!

Simply text or call Kim: 541-306-8727

Open Studio Hours:  August 17-22nd: Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM with drop-off and scheduled pick-up outside the studio door 7 days per week from 8 AM – 6 PM

Studio Location: 2618 NW Marken Street, Bend OR. 97701 Map
Thank you Bend retailers for referring your clients to Rugged Thread: REI of Bend, Patagonia of Bend, Mountain Supply, Giant Loop Moto, Pine Mountain Sports, and Gear Peddler.
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