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    Live Boldly Blog — Designer Knitwear

    The Art of Hand Painted Clothing

    The Art of Hand Painted Clothing

    Krimson Klover hand painted clothing begin as original works of art.

    The hand crafted process of creating these one-of-a-kind garments reflects the individual personality and emotions of each creative artist, making every piece unique with subtle variations in every garment made.

    As with any artist’s drawing or painting that uses elaborate strokes and uneven drawing marks, these garments may have slight imperfections or variances, these are part of the process and merely add to the charm and unique beauty of this piece.

    The factory specializing in this technique evolved from a brother and sister partnership, fusing the knowledge of knitwear, sourcing, and production, with the creative direction of a fine artist. Their staff consists of over 400 trained artists who paint each design individually, shifting away from mass production for a timeless piece that is truly unique. Each artist has their own personal handwriting, which we believe give each garment its spirit and soul.

    CARE INSTRUCTIONS Dry-clean or Hand wash Hand wash separately in cold water No bleach Dry flat Iron (reverse) in low temperature

    Giveaway Official Rules

    1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Enter online after 9am MST, December 14, 2015. Entries must be received by December 20, 2015 at midnight MST.
    2. This giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C., 18 years of age and older. Except the employees of the sponsor, Krimson Klover, Ellington or members of their immediate families.
    3. One winner will be selected at random from all eligible entrants submitted before December 21, 2015 at 9am MST. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winners will be notified via email on the day of the drawing. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.
    4. Winners may also be posted on Krimson Klover and Ellington’s blog(s), and social media channels.
    5. No transfers, substitutions in prizes or cash will be allowed except by Krimson Klover and Ellington who may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.
    6. By entering and/or by accepting a prize, you agree to be bound by these rules and to release Krimson Klover and Ellington from any and all liability arising out of your participation in this Sweepstakes with respect to the awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of any prize.
    7. Liability for any applicable taxes will be the sole responsibility of the winner. Any required tax reporting forms will be furnished to the Internal Revenue Service. All expenses not specifically provided for by Krimson Klover and Ellington these rules are the sole responsibility of the winner.
    8. Entries that are late or incomplete for any reason will not be eligible. Krimson Klover and Ellington reserve the right to modify or terminate this Sweepstakes or disqualify any entry in the event of technical impairment by computer virus or otherwise. In the event of early termination, Krimson Klover will randomly select winners from all eligible entries received at time of termination. In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the email account is registered. This Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States with venue in Boulder in the State of Colorado

     

    Rhonda Swenson - The Inspiration Behind Krimson Klover

    Rhonda Swenson - The Inspiration Behind Krimson Klover

    Krimson Klover founder Rhonda Swenson knows a thing or two about sweaters. No surprise, considering the nearly 30 years of work she’s put into creating them. A knitter from a very young age, Rhonda has always had a feel for quality yarn and great craftsmanship. In fact, she’s even earned the nickname “Sweater Girl” among the locals in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado — a name that’s cute, but doesn’t do justice to the true nature of this generous, passionate, sophisticated, and accomplished woman.

    Rhonda’s story starts in 1985, when she was working as a flight attendant for American Airlines, a job she took to offset the cost of visiting her Australian boyfriend. In her travels, she met a woman who owned a boutique sweater company. They hit it off, and before long Rhonda was traveling to South America to help oversee the sweater production. “The knitters work was incredible. These women left a piece of their soul in each sweater they created,” she says of the skilled craftswomen she met on the job. Soon she was designing sweaters and within three years, she’d bought the company. The rest is history.

    After nearly three decades in the sweater business and three successful brands later, Rhonda has never looked back. Originally from Austin, Texas, the passionate traveler says she inherited her wanderlust from her mother‚ but it’s her father who taught her to embrace life in the moment. And that’s exactly the spirit she’s trying to create with her designs for Krimson Klover. “Our clothes are easy — they look great and make you feel great,” she says, which leaves more time for hiking, skiing, entertaining, and traveling — or all of the above. “Life isn’t only about work,” Rhonda says. “People need to get out there and live life.”

    Below, we get inspired by Rhonda’s favorite places in the world, her wardrobe staples and her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Other than here in Krimson Klover’s home base of Boulder, what are the top five places you’d rather be?

    • Walking through the Serengeti. My brother owns a walking safari company called Mark Thornton Safaris that has exclusive rights to parts of the Serengeti that aren’t open to the public. You can walk for days and days and not see another person.
    • Hiking through the Cypress trees in Beirut’s Chouf Mountains. My other brother married a Lebanese woman so we flew there for the wedding, and no place has surpassed it for me. It was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever visited.
    • Essaouira in Morocco. It’s like stepping back into the 1950s: a hip, rad California-style beach.
    • Skiing in the Alps. My favorite thing to do is ski from hut to hut in the Bernese Oberland -- it’s so incredible.
    • I’m on Habitat for Humanity’s Eagle Country International board and lead a build every year. We’ve been to Cambodia, Nepal, and Malawi. This year we’re going to El Salvador and I just can’t wait!

    What’s your go-to outfit?

    • I love my Krimson Klover Raven dress. It’s an Andean textile dress that hits just above the knee and looks super cute with my Lucchese cowboy boots. It’s easy, it’s not fussy, it fits really well, and it makes me feel really good.

    Walk us through your typical morning.

    • I wake up at 6am and work with my factories for a couple of hours since they’re in Asia. For breakfast, I eat a couple of eggs or a make a green smoothie. I’m a big coffee drinker but can only tolerate one cup per day! Then I take my Australian Shepherd, River, for a walk. If i’m up in Vail, then get to do all of this while looking at Vail mountain, but in Boulder I live downtown, so I walk to work, which I love.

    What’s your best advice for aspiring business owners?

    • It takes a certain personality type to start a business. I’m a crazy risk taker. You know, jump in with both feet, figure it out later. So if you’re starting your own business? Just GO for it. It’s easy to have an idea, but you won’t know if you can make something out of it unless you do something about it. I’m of the mindset that  failure is just not an option, so just keep going. You can always figure out a way around an obstacle.

    Krimson Klover Open House

    Krimson Klover Open House

    Open House

    The Krimson Klover team along with the ladies at What's Up PR have joined forces to spread the KK sweater love. We threw a little party this week in our Boulder office and invited some folks in the area who we thought would appreciate the work we've been doing both in fashion and in giving back to the causes that are near and dear to us.

    We spruced up the joint in anticipation of a fun-filled evening at KK Headquarters.

    Boulder is home to Krimson Klover

    Krimson Klover has called Boulder home for two years now, but since we are tucked away in a remote part of Pearl Street we had yet to meet our neighbors.

    That all changed this week!

    Greeting Guests

    As our guests arrived, River, our CEO of all things cute and cuddly, was ready to greet them at the door.

    Our Showroom

    Our showroom was decked out in our upcoming Fall '15 collection. We had a variety of goodies on display as well as a small gift for everyone who attended. Spring '16 had just arrived so as an added bonus we were able to give a sneak peek of what will be in stores next spring.

    Rhonda Swenson (left), Krimson Klover founder and lead designer, got a chance to show off both the Fall '15 collection.  With its vintage ski inspired patterns and the new Spring '16 collection with its emphasis on hand painted pieces. We love getting people's reactions to new collections and judging from the feedback we received, the upcoming seasons are sure to be a big hit with our customers.

    Rachel Hadley, KK's marketing director and Beth Cochran from What's Up PR introduced our guests to the Krimson Klover brand. Later Rhonda, our fearless leader spoke about the future of Krimson Klover. This was a great opportunity to convey our brand, our business and our passion for empowering women.

    The KK Team suited up in some of our favorite pieces for Spring '16.

    The party was a huge success! A big thanks to everyone who came to show their support. We're really excited about growing our community and our outreach. We believe it starts with cultivating the relationships in our own backyard. Here's to many more events in the future!

    The KK Team!

    Featured Fashions: Cheveron Summer Dress

    Featured Fashions: Cheveron Summer Dress

    Featured Fashions: Cheveron Summer Dress  

    Easy Rider Chevron Knit Summer Dress 

    This lightweight zig-zag knit dress is the perfect transition piece from spring into summer. Fully lined, this dress drapes beautifully without clinging. Three-quarter length sleeves and a scalloped hem add the final feminine touches to this textured summer dress.

    36″ Length | Cotton/ Viscose Blend White/Black/Poppy