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.
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.
Mari and her husband have three children and a wide variety of houseplants. In her free time, she loves to host family celebrations, cook good food, and collect English teacups.
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.
Deyva learned how to sew from her mom and grandma when she was 10, and has loved it ever since. She is a senior at OSU Cascades, and as a biology major, is passionate about the sustainability of outerwear and gear repair. In her free time she likes to trail run, hike, ski and sew her own clothes.
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.
Julie’s love for sewing began at the age of nine, when she was introduced to sewing through her 4-H club. After years of sewing competitions, she took the skills she had learned to New York City, where she pursued a degree in Fashion Design. Love for family brought her back to Oregon and she has lived in Bend since 2007. When she’s not at home decorating, making art or snuggling with her cat, you will find her in the beautiful outdoors. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, rock-hounding, bird watching, tango dancing and adventure motorcycling with her man.