March 8 is International Women's Day. If you've not heard of it, it's a "global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women". For today's #WCW we are going to highlight the small but awesome Krimson Klover team of women.
The Krimson Klover team is only 8 strong, but full of creativity and passion. Not only do we all love dogs, cute farm animals (alpaca!) and living our lives outdoors in any way we can -- but we usually have a good time coming together to create apparel for other women just like us.
You've heard us speak about her before, Rhonda Swenson, our founder, and creative director is the woman behind the brand. For more than 15 years she's been a designer and business owner with four successful outdoor knitwear brands: Chompas, Eir, Neve Designs, and launched Krimson Klover in 2010.
Before Rhonda started her knitwear businesses, she was a flight attendant which job fueled her passion for travel. She is an avid outdoor athlete who claims to have inherited her wanderlust from her mother, and her ability to embrace life in the moment from her father. She loves to give back by volunteering at the local Eagle County Habitat for Humanity in Vail, CO. She co-founded the Luna Women’s MTB Ambassadors team, being a retired competitive cyclist, and serves on the board of the Ski Industry Association (SIA). Rhonda and her dog River can be found hiking or skiing the mountains of Vail, Colorado on the weekends or riding her road bike on the weekdays in Boulder.
Gail is our COO or Chief Operations Optimist. Gail has been in the outdoor industry for years working for many of the large and small equipment and apparel brands we love. Gail fits perfectly in her role not only for the voodoo she can do in Excel, but she has a graceful way of mediating meetings when we all get a little too passionate about our own point of view.
At the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Gail was on the crew team as the Coxswain. She uses these skills to keep us all in line and on budget.
Gail can be found enjoying her lunch outside taking advantage of the Colorado sunny weather, always with her nose in a book. She is always up for a new adventure, a glass of wine, a good musical, skiing, camping, a good discount or a sweet treat. Gail and her partner Catie have two boys Cooper and Miles. Their two corgi-mix dogs are too crazy for the KK office -- and have been known to open Christmas gifts left under the tree early (and leaving them scattered in the backyard, well at least the bits that aren't edible).
Our Director of Sales, Luisa, is our resident Briton along with her dog Oscar who is very much an English gentleman. Before joining the Krimson Klover team, Luisa spent time in the outdoor industry as a sales rep for several apparel brands. Her keen sense of style, business savvy, and cheerful demeanor has been an incredible addition to the crew. She’s involved every step of the way from the design of the collections to the production and final sale. She’s a busy gal who balances work and play beautifully.
Luisa and Oscar are known to start the day with an early morning hike before work. Oscar may be getting up there in years, but he’s a big ole puppy when it’s time to hit the trails. Luisa is a life-long music lover and not only is she taking drum lessons, she’s the first to know when a big act is coming to town and has the best luck scoring concert tickets.
Andrea started at Krimson Klover as an intern in her final year of design school at CSU. After completing her coursework and receiving a degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising she was hired on full time at Krimson Klover and now works as Rhonda’s right-hand woman managing the technical side of design, production and product development. She a native Coloradan with an incredible eye for fashion paired with organizational skills that are invaluable in keeping us on track and in style. Recently Andrea decided to leave her home here in the Rocky Mountains for a new start in Los Angeles, California where she’ll trade in her sweaters for some Golden State Style. We’re going to miss her terribly when she leaves (Oscar especially), but we wish her all kinds of success in her next chapter.
Our Jane-of-all-Trades-Customer Service Maven-Sales Assistant-Showroom Manager-Web Digital Content Master-Email Maven-Whatever Else Needs to be Done-Angel is Alison. That's Alison with one L from Bangor, Maine.
You can find her at Elks Lodge meetings and events, brushing up on her ballet, snuggling with the pups at the office, and dressing up in costume at every opportunity. She is super creative and has her own radical sense of style. If you call or email us, most likely you'll get to talk to her.
Alison and her husband Mark are about to launch the biggest project of their lives, they are currently expecting a tiny human to join their family sometime in July. Updates on champ are sure to come.
Another vital part of this girl gang is Emelie, our Director of Marketing. Emelie and her little dog Koa have been with Krimson Klover almost a year and in that time they have heightened the brand and lifted our spirits. Emelie has reworked the look and feel of our catalogs, transformed our trade show booth and helped to spread the sweater love through our presence online. She’s basically our fairy godmother, always making sure we’re ready for our close up.
Emelie grew up in Oregon and has been an athlete and outdoor enthusiast her whole life. She’s a runner, a skier, a cyclist and has brought her passion for all things active to her work. She can speak to the athlete and the fashionista in all of us. I once heard her say that she owns a dress for every day of the year!
Another one of Emelie’s creative outlets is cooking. She regularly hosts dinner parties and the amazing leftovers she brings for lunch are drool inducing. You know it’s lunchtime when you hear the crunch of her daily kale salad. The woman eats a LOT of kale.
And wherever you find Emelie, Koa is in tow. He may be little, but his name means “brave warrior” and what he lacks in size he makes up for in charm. They’re a dynamic duo and we’re lucky to have them.
Emma is our Public Relations intern, she's a friend of the Krimson Klover family and has been around helping us out while she studies up at CU-Boulder. Emma comes to CU from Chicago and has been excited to get some "real world" experience under her belt.
We know this is international women's day, but we can't tell you about the Krimson Klover team and leave out the only guy in the office. Mark and his rescue dog Josie take care of our wholesale customers and he provides endless entertainment when he answers the many robo-calls we get every day. Mark knows when to ignore our "passionate exchanges" and when to pipe in with his point of view.
Mark used to be an avid canoe-r (canoe-ist?), and now enjoys long walks with Josie and his wife Susan. He's a skiier and an all around mountain man.
That's it! Now you know the whole KK team...at least for now, stay tuned for updates!
Bonus: Alison as a mermaid with Koa the crustacean.