Meet the Team

Rugged Thread is converting outdoor industry waste into a new economy and we are hiring!

Kim at Smith Rock
CEO & Founder

Kim Kinney

Learning to sew at the age of thirteen combined with the love of being outdoors became a gateway of opportunity that has served her ever since. At 18 she dropped out of college to follow the snow, eventually landing at Utah’s Snowbird Ski Resort where she found work at the mountain tailor shop. Besides skiing every day, she learned the classical art of tailoring and applied it to the ski industry. By 20 she owned the shop, Wasatch Design, where they not only repaired skiwear but also designed and manufactured their own line of fleece and specialized in custom outerwear for individual skiers all over the U.S. Kim finished her higher education at OSU in the fall of 2016 just as Rugged Thread, which she started in 2011, began to demand her full attention. Over the years, she’s seen the Outdoor Industry change its focus from production and sales to addressing sustainability, environmental issues, over-consumption and waste. Now Kim is transforming broken gear into a new repair economy.
Repair Tech

Karlie Bunting

Karlie learned to sew as a kid from her mom and went on to design and sew all of her formal dresses in high school. She is in her final year at Oregon State University majoring in apparel design with a minor in graphic design. In her free time she enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with family.
Josie in Angels Landing
Director of Business Development

Josie Kinney

Josie loves deep powder, hot coffee, and other people’s dogs. At Rugged Thread, she manages brand relations, marketing, and operations. In her free time, you can find her skiing, surfing, and throwing ceramics.
Laura Reese
Repair Tech

Laura Reese

Laura comes from the sunny shores of England, where she first learned to sew in her Home Economics Textiles class. Since then, she’s developed a passion for designing and crafting a wide variety of soft home furnishings, baby gear, and Halloween costumes. This passion ultimately led her to Rugged Thread, where she has become one of our extremely talented sewing technicians. When she isn’t restoring loved technical gear to all its glory, you can usually find Laura tending her backyard garden or taking on yet another home improvement project.

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