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      Live Boldly Blog — Sweaters

      Ski Stylishly

      Ski Stylishly

      Ski Stylishly

      Ah, it’s that time of year again where the ski slopes of Colorado get snow almost daily and us locals live for weekends in the mountains and those powdery Saturdays and Sundays.

      While most days are blue-sky and temperate (or as temperate as they can be in the winter), you never know when a day will turn windy and bitter while riding. Therefore, we know the importance of a great base layer. The Banded Merino Base Layer Top and Bottom set are perfect for stylish skiers to rock on the slopes. Made of a Merino/Lycra blend they are breathable and self-wicking, but warm.

      Another base layer set that we adore is the Ski Village Base Layer Top and Bottom. It is the ideal outfit for a skier with the travel bug. The Ski Village pair is inscribed with several well-known ski towns that could double as a checklist. A skier could travel from Whistler to Vail checking off ski resorts from their bucket list with inspiration from our base layer set.

      Stay Warm

      If you tend to be cold while skiing, opt for one of our ski sweaters instead of a base layer top. The Ace Stretch Zip Cardigan and the Ravenswood Side Zip Pullover are two of our favorites to pack for a weekend in the mountains. These sweaters will make any ski bunny the most stylish member of the group while skiing or wandering around town at night.

      All of these layers will add a pop of color and look fabulous underneath the Skea Didi Jacket and the Kira Pant – both in white. Be sure to add one of our Snowy Bunny cable headbands under your helmet for extra warmth!

      After a long day of riding, slip our Herringbone skirt on, with our Signature light layering piece and head out for après. Add our Bundled vest under your ski jacket for extra warmth on those chilly nights.

      We hope that we'll see you on the slopes of Vail or one of your favorite mountains!

      Must-Haves Holiday Give Guide

      Must-Haves Holiday Give Guide

      Krimson Klover 2016 Gift Guide

      With the multitude of holidays that are approaching, the KK team wanted to share some of our favorite items. We thought these selections would make for perfect presents for all of your loved ones this season. For your convenience, we’ve broken our treasured pieces into price categories.

      Accessories Under $50

      The Skier Sock comes in black, pagoda blue, and tigerlilly. This pair of socks is the most darling present for your favorite skier this holiday. Give them something they can appreciate and functionally wear. This warm, breathable wool will keep their toes comfortable and them outside for hours.

      The Snow Bunny Cable Headband comes in five distinct colors: phlox, red, snow, charcoal, and citron. This luxurious performance wool makes this headband great for wearing around town or down the slopes. There is a color for every hair color and every occasion; whether there is a need purely for warmth or to add to pop to an outfit, this headband is a wonderful choice.

      Outstanding Picks Under $100

      The Herringbone Chevron Skirt comes in black and charcoal. This is our favorite skirt for après ski, easily paired with a set of warm stockings and a soft sweater. It is the perfect present for your go-to dinner and drinks gal pal.

      The Ski Village Leggings is the ideal mix of Merino and Lycra. Present these silky leggings to your favorite ski bunny so they can rock the slopes in style this winter.

      The Snowed In cashmere scarf comes in heather black, bordeaux, mid grey, and toast. Give this lovely Cashmere scarf to your most stylish friend to spruce up their snow attire this holiday season.

      Brilliant Presents Under $200

      The Ski Village Base Layer Top complements the Ski Village Leggings. Your friend will look like a star on the slopes sporting some of the most iconic ski destinations. An added bonus to the joy of giving this lovely present set this holiday season is that 5% of the proceeds from the top and leggings will help support programming for First Descents, a non-profit that provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults who have been impacted by cancer.

      The Altitude Ski Gal Poncho is the best present for that friend who is totally passionate about vintage and retro styles. This is the perfect addition to any après ski wardrobe. Select from oat, bordeaux, and ivory for traditional styling.

      The Ace Stretch Zip Cardigan has a retro flair perfect for any die-hard ski bunny inspired by the classics. It is made of a buttery, soft Viscose blend that adds warmth and comfort to any slope style.

      Serendipity Cashmere Sweater is simplistic and elegant at the same time. This dreamy cashmere sweater comes in heather black, toast, and mid-grey. Give this gorgeous sweater to that friend who is always put together, to pair with a nice knit skirt or dark denim this winter.

      Rivers & Roads Cardigan is the perfect no fuss, chunky sweater for that friend who is always cold. Bundle up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and watch the snow fall together. With options of charcoal or mid-grey, it is a versatile cardigan that can be packed up and brought on any weekend getaway this holiday season.

      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.