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    Live Boldly Blog — Women for Women

    #WCW -- Hillary G.

    #WCW -- Hillary G.

    Meet the woman behind the amazing illustrations on our lightweight base layers and new bags coming out this Fall. Hillary G. is based in Boulder, CO just down the street from the Krimson Klover office. Hillary has a natural talent when it comes to art and design. She has vast experience in apparel design starting with Diane von Furstenberg and ranging from Macy’s to Neve Designs and now Krimson Klover. I had the pleasure of meeting up with her to ask a few questions about her artwork and her lifestyle and how each influences the other.

    When it comes to what inspires her artwork, her base layer designs are motivated by vintage ski posters and retro ski fashion ranging from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. She aims to modernize the vintage ski look into a new, fun, yet relatable image. For her folkloric prints, she focuses on different themes each season. Hillary explained, “If you stick with the same traditional Nordic motifs and patterns they tend to look a little repetitive and can be overdone. Each new collection is inspired by traditional art motifs from different cultures to keep it fresh and interesting.”

    Some of her Fall ’18 inspiration came from the Ukrainian Psyanka designs (traditional Easter eggs) with intricate line work, whereas her upcoming Fall ’19 designs are influenced by Romanian embroidery motifs and Peruvian floral designs. She gives her vintage fashion girl designs a modern retro vibe in fun après ski scenes.  Adding bright pops of color makes this artwork come off as modernized and fresh pieces that are highly sought after.

    North Star Base Layer

    After touching on her inspiration from different places around the world, I wanted to know where she likes to travel and how much of an influence that has on her work. Immediately after asking her, she responded with “Everywhere inspires me”. Wherever Hillary goes she is searching for and aware of her surroundings that inspire her. “The more you travel, the more knowledge and inspiration you gather”, she told me, so she tries to travel any chance she can. Hillary went to Morocco last year and found herself drawn to the beautiful tile work, natural dye colors and architecture around her. On her honeymoon in Italy she was surrounded by gorgeous ceramics with ornate patterns and bright colors.  Just a few months ago she traveled throughout Scotland and was inspired by all the rich plaid tartans and elegant wool and cashmere knitwear.  Hillary is hoping to explore Peru next, and I’m sure many more places in the future.

    Hillary started illustrating custom prints at Neve Designs in 2012.  Rhonda, founder of Krimson Klover, founded Neve designs back in 2010.  When she started designing at Krimson Klover, Hillary and Rhonda wanted to transition those dynamic prints into something a little more modern and fresh, and still reflect the retro flair of the European ski heritage.

    Hillary was fascinated with art from the moment she was able to hold a crayon. Her mom saw the talent and potential that she possessed and signed her up for many art classes as she grew up. Hillary’s mom and sister are both designers as well, so the passion clearly runs in the family. She attended CSU for fashion design and was admitted into the competitive fashion program as a freshman where at the time only 25 students were accepted. As her apparel design career developed, “It was a nice surprise falling into print design”, she told me as she talked about her life after graduating from CSU. Hillary has designed prints in previous roles and learned how to design knitwear when she was hired as an Assistant Sweater Designer at Macy’s in New York.

    With two offices, one at home and one on swanky Pearl Street in Boulder, Hillary likes to switch up her location of work to keep ideas flowing and fresh. “Staying in one place for too long creates a bit of a road-block for me, so I like to change up my surroundings.” She shares her office in Boulder with her older sister, Jillian, who works as a contract Art Director. The two are actually starting their own apparel brand called Glenn + Glenn, launching in the Spring of 2019. Glenn + Glenn will feature women’s woven contemporary apparel such as tanks, dresses, skirts, blouses and items of the sort. They are aiming to achieve a minimalistic, clean and modern look. “This line will be very different from what I currently design for other clients, but will still have that same modern, fresh look.  It has been a lot of work in the making, but we are very excited to create this together.” Be sure to look out for Glenn + Glenn coming out next spring!

    Adrenaline Base Layer

    Lots of artists and designers have a ritual or routine they do before getting into their work. Hillary likes to take a couple of days after she gets her design brief to begin looking for inspirations and motivations. She likes to go through her daily routine with the idea in the back of her mind, seeing what might pop out to her. Like most of us creatives, she likes to look through Pinterest, magazines, and books to spark ideas. “Inspiration takes the longest time, for sure, but it is the most fun”, Hillary said while talking about the process. “Once you know what your client is looking for, it’s helpful to keep that idea rolling around in the back of your head for even several weeks before putting anything on paper.” On that note, I was curious to see if she found herself creating several drafts before presenting her final idea. Since she takes her time curating the idea in her head, she is able to come up with several options once she begins her sketches to present. Rarely does she completely throw away an idea, rather just narrows down and makes changes when presenting them to her clients.

    Hillary’s favorite thing about illustrating is seeing her sketches evolve into actual garments. Usually the initial print idea and the final product evolve quite a bit along the way as tiny details emerge in the design, so she loves to see how the final design compares to her original vision. “Seeing my rough black and white sketch turn into colored vector art on the base layers is a really fun experience. Typically, the original design ideas are done in pen and ink because the color palette has not been finalized yet.  “This makes the process very exciting as the design kind of jumps to life when we add in the color,” she told me when talking about her sketches. If she ever gets stuck on a design or idea, she tries to switch gears, work on something else and then goes back to it. It usually just takes reworking the design until it flows– whether it’s moving motifs around or re-doing spatial patterns. Attached at the end are a few examples of her sketches moving through the process.

    North Star Base Layer

    When it comes to working with Krimson Klover, Hillary likes the fact that we are easy and fun to work with. “Rhonda gives me a lot of creative leeway, which is nice because it allows me to add in my personal creativity and come up with a few different ideas that maybe weren’t initially included on the design brief.” She said that Rhonda likes to push the envelope as much as she can with ideas and imagination, which creates a productive working environment. “Rhonda is so great to work with because she can look at my initial designs and can see the vision and potential. After working together for several seasons, we both have an understanding in the process.  Rhonda shows confidence in my initial ideas and they usually turn out better than we originally expected. It makes it a lot easier to work with someone who is creative in that way and can see my vision from the beginning.” Hillary also mentioned how important Krimson Klover’s new “slow-fashion” movement is and how Rhonda really stands by that. “Rhonda understands that creating detailed prints takes time. She wants to get it right for the customer and doesn’t rush the process which is very helpful for a designer.” Something Hillary really notices about Rhonda is that she is very in-tune with the Krimson Klover customers; “If there is a piece they really loved from last season, we will be sure to include a new update in the next season to serve those customers wants and needs.”

    Back Country Base Layer

    Hillary has a few people that really inspire her and that she would love to do a co-lab with if she ever got the chance. “Print-wise, Diane von Furstenberg has always really inspired me because I was able to go behind the scenes of their design process.  Every print is done in house and created by their designers. They also resurrect a lot of DVF’s classic vintage prints and rework them in a fresh way.  Mara Hoffman is another fabulous designer I would love to do a co-lab with. Her use of color and variation of print work is always exciting to look at.”

    When it comes to how Hillary Lives Boldly, she is very active and loves to take advantage of living so close to the mountains and being outside as much as she can. “I love to snowboard and travel.  That is the benefit from being a contractor – you can work from almost anywhere!”  Tennis is a big love of hers and she also attempts to keep up with her husband mountain biking. Whenever she has the extra time, Hillary loves to be a part of the community and participate in any social events happening in the Denver and Boulder area.

    Submitted by:  Emma Feeney, Krimson Klover Intern

    Wow-worthy

    Wow-worthy

    One of the best holidays on the planet is Mother's Day...quickly followed by Father's Day of course!  (sorry Dad!)  Moms come in different sizes, colors, you might have two moms, and she may not even be exactly 'related' to you -- but no matter we celebrate them all, without them we wouldn't be here and life wouldn't be the same.

    The KK team wanted to share a little bit about why our moms are so wow-worthy, please share yours with us in the comments below.

    Ellen's mom and mommom during their first visit to Colorado.

    I'd just moved to Colorado and my Mom, Mommom (Grandma) and myself on Mother's Day 2015; a.k.a. Denver gets wrecked by a freak ice storm. They luckily made their flights out just before the storm hit and we spent the day stepping over frozen branches, touring the Molly Brown house and brunching at Denver Biscuit Co. It was a blessing to share the special weekend with them and show them around my new city. -- Ellen, Product Development Manager

    Alison, with her mom (in a handmade cape!) and younger sister Emily

     

    My favorite memory of my mom is her sewing in our basement growing up. She made wool capes and ponchos as a side business and I have always admired her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. She worked nights as a nurse and would come home, get my sister and me off to school and sew in her off time so that we could have nice things. Thanks, Mom!  Besides looking a lot like her, I've inherited my mom's design style. I love the story behind the things I collect and that eclectic style is apparent in how I dress myself and my home.  -- Alison, Customer Service & Showroom Manager

    Rhonda's Mom out in the wild

    My favorite memories of my mom are of the two of us out searching for wildlife. She always had me out searching for Bullfrogs, birds and snakes. Climbing steep hills to search for baby owls. Sometimes to be attacked by the momma birds. She has such a large curiosity around wild life. All animals were always incredibly curious about her.  In another generation she would have been an animal whisperer.  I inherited her creative side which has helped me in every aspect of my life she also instilled the belief that I could do anything, and I thank her for that. -- Rhonda, Founder and Creative Director

    I love this photo of me and mom, with my sister glaring at us in the background.

    One day out of the blue, my mom says to me "I wish I had named you Emma".  Me: "What!?!"  I happen to love my name but I thought it was funny, so I started signing all of my cards and notes to my mom "Love, Emma".  Now, my mom, sister, nieces and nephew all call me Emma or "Auntie Emma".  The rest of my family and friends call me Eme or Em and have no idea who this Emma person is.  My mom is an amazing seamstress and made all of our Halloween costumes and special occasion outfits for years.  I can't remember how old I was when she started the tradition of me making homemade Christmas ornaments for the whole extended family, now I have a big box full of ornaments made by me from several years of her mini-sweatshop (haha).  I've maintained my crafty/creative side she gave to me and I appreciate the value of hand-made goods because I know how much love goes into them. -- Emelie, Marketing & Communications Director

    Emma and her mom

    My favorite memory of my mom is when she surprised me at Windy City Smokeout, a country music festival in Chicago, by spontaneously showing up with my dad. I was there already there with a friend and had no idea that they were thinking of coming, so when my mom texted me a picture of the stage and talking about the song that was just performed I was so excited that she was there and I instantly started searching for her and my dad! We have gone to many country music festivals together and every time it’s such a blast. She’s always down to throw on a pair of cowboy boots and have a great time - I’ve got a pretty cool mom.  I am like my mom because as stubborn as I can be sometimes, I always put others first and try to make my loved ones happy and I get that directly from my mom. I also luckily got her sense of style and creativity! -- Emma, Public Relations Intern

    Mark & His Angel

     

    My Mom is an angel.  I know this because, for the last 4 years of my Dad's life, she took care of him morning, noon and evening in the nursing home he was in.  He had Alzheimer's, Parkinsons and blood cancer. In 4 years, she did not miss even a handful of days. She never made a big deal about it or complained even once. My Mom the angel. -- Mark, Operations Manager

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    Luisa at 3 mos with her mum

     

    I inherited my Mum’s competitiveness when it comes to quizzes and puzzles, and this was also instilled in my sister. We make quite the team at pub trivia night! -- Luisa, Director of Sales

     Gail's mom, a consummate cheese head.

    One of the things that I love and admire about my mom is her wonderful sense of humor. She is quite mischievous and as a child, I loved to listen to her stories about all the crazy things she did with her friends growing up. One of my favorite stories was when she and her best friend Rut, who both attended Catholic school, were on their way to summer camp at the age of 17. They decided it would be a hoot to dress up as nuns, so they tracked down the appropriate costumes and accessories, boarded a train in Milwaukee, and stayed in character for the 3 hours it took to get to their station in Northern Wisconsin. Her camp buddies who were also on the train did not suspect that the two young nuns in the back (one with nail polish, both sneaking cigarettes) were their old friends. 60 years later my Mom still makes me laugh! I only hope that I have instilled in my two boys my mom’s wonderful sense of humor and adventure.  -- Gail, Chief Operations Officer (currently the only actual mom in the office, but only for a few more weeks, Alison is about to become a mom soon!)

     Cooper, Gail's oldest son

     Miles, Gail's youngest son

     

    We wish all the moms out there an awesome mother's day, and thank you for all you do for us!

     

    Traveling Light

    Traveling Light

    There is nothing better than a girls ski weekend, and lucky me I had a great one in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this past weekend.  Steamboat Springs is home to 89 Olympians and known for it's "Champagne Powder".  Colorado is so dry (meaning little to no humidity), most days our snow is dry and fluffy powder.  This time of year, however, the sun will melt the snow a bit and refreeze overnight giving you super fast corduroy on the groomed runs.

    The first thing I always make sure to pack is stuff for our hot springs visit.  Steamboat Springs lies against the western ridge of the Continental Divide and is surrounded by national forest and wilderness area.  Evidently, there are 150 natural mineral springs in the area!  There are two popular soaking hot springs one in downtown with a water slide and then there is Strawberry Hot Springs just out of town.  I've been to both and a nice soak in the hot springs is always so welcomed at the end of a great ski day.  For this trip, I've packed my new Krimson Klover Leia Sweater, shorts, bikini and flip-flops.  If going to the Strawberry Hot Springs, you'll also want to bring a headlamp (as there is no electricity after dark) and if it's been warm and melty maybe footwear that you're OK getting muddy...and don't forget your towel! (p.s. the Leia sweater is sold out on krimsonklover.com but you can find it at our Boulder Showroom and local retailers!  A great back-up online is our Harbor Hoody)

     

     

     

     

     

    Strawberry Hot Springs

    The steam is so inviting in cold temperatures!

    Old Town Hot Springs, perfect if you want to get in a workout too!

    A few of my essentials I pack for any weekend away is this new Sherpani bag and MyChelle skin care.

    The Sonora Sherpani bag is large enough to carry my iPad mini, Kindle, toiletries and an extra bottle of water.  It's made from a coated cotton which looks like leather and has great pockets everywhere to stash all your important things.  It's super sturdy and the coating on the cotton makes it stain resistant, perfect for whatever you throw at it.  The tassels are a cute bonus.  I love that Sherpani is a local Boulder company, and I usually fall for their new bags every season.

    Another Boulder (well, Louisville) Colorado company, MyChelle Dermaceuticals, they make my most favorite skincare.  Not only does their stuff keep my Colorado skin moisturized -- but their sun care line is perfect for all of the sunny days here.  My favorites are the sun shield stick, this little stick is perfect for throwing into your ski jacket and keeping your face protected while skiing, shopping or enjoying some sunny après ski cocktails.  The sun shield stick has a great consistency and is easy to blend and doesn't leave you with zinc-y white marks on your face.  I always have one of these sticks on me -- in my cycling jersey, my purse, and my SUP dry bag!  The sun shield stick now comes in a tinted version, I've not tried it yet, but I'm guessing I'm going to love it.  Also on my must-have list is the liquid tint in nude, the sugar scrub and the lip hint in berry.  Bonus:  This little blue zip pack is TSA approved!

    Après Anyone? Base Layer and Socks

    Krimson Klover Lightweight Base Layers and the girls at Four Points Lodge

     The view from Four Points Lodge

    Of course, you have to bring your ski gear.  I love the Krimson Klover lightweight base layers for spring skiing.  They are so soft and the perfect weight to keep you warm on the ski lift and so adorable to show off at lunch.  I love hanging out on the Adirondack chairs at Four Points lodge on our lunch break.  With 3,000 skiable acres, there is something for everyone and the mountain is big enough that it never seems crowded.  You can even see on Saturday, we basically had the mountain to ourselves.  Bonus:  These base layers are printed with original artwork that have a fun retro ski vibe.

    Our friend Amy, skinned up the mountain (hiked up the mountain in her AT skis) and met us at the top of the gondola for a day of skiing.  Let me tell you -- she's definitely a bad a$$.  Steamboat Springs Ski resort lets you hike up anytime, some resorts have rules or restrictions around skinning, so make sure to check them out before you head up.  Don't worry, I took the gondy up so I could get to skiing down faster. Après Cocktails! With the ski resort in the background.

    After a full day of skiing and before we hit the hot springs, it's time for a little après cocktails and dinner.  Our favorite places for happy hour in town are Laundry and Salt and Lime.  Both have a great happy hour, great food and delicious cocktails!

    We don't dress up often, but on a girls weekend, it's a must.  In this photo, we've all got on our Krimson Klover favorites.  From left to right:  Jen is wearing our Rita dress made from a beautiful blend of cotton/silk and carrying the Sonora bag, I've got on a Fall 18 sample, it's a little too big for me and the wrong colors, but too cute to pass up --it's called the Pearl dress and I'm carrying the Vibe bag, Amy is wearing our Marta sweater made with 100% ultrafine merino wool (one of our best-sellers) and carrying the Tempest.  Bonus: the Tempest turns into a backpack and can also be worn cross-body!  Double Bonus: 5% of the sales from the Marta sweater are donated to First Descents.

    My other outfit was the Krimson Klover Classical Beauty dress -- it's made from a plant-based viscose yarn that is super yummy and flattering.

    Included in my outfit is Bronwen Jewelry -- their cascade earrings in long and cascade necklace.  These are staples in my waredrobe, I love all of my Bronwen peices because they can be casual or dressy.  Bronwen is based in Bend, Oregon and their jewelry is made to withstand sweat and activity.  I wear my necklaces running, swimming and for happy hour.  They add a feminine touch to all of my outfits...even when I'm feeling super tom-boy-ish.

    Ski Lift Selfie

    View of the Continental Divide

    Lunch!

    The Pearl Dress coming out this fall, fits Jen way better! Look how cute she is!

    Good Friends

    On our way out of town, we had breakfast at Winona's...only so we could order a cinnamon roll as big as our head!

    My other favorite eateries in town are Mountain Tap, Rootz, Johnny B. Goods Diner and of course the business fries at Carl's Tavern.

    This weekend was a fun get-away, so thankful I have some great friends that help me #liveboldly.

    Photo cred goes to Amy's husband Matt, we let him join us from time to time mostly because he takes teasing well and a good photo.

      

    Submitted by:  Emelie, marketing maven

    #WCW -- Ellen DeLisio

    #WCW -- Ellen DeLisio

    We have a new member of our KK team to welcome – Ellen DeLisio, our new product project manager. Replacing Andrea, who is settling down in LA as we speak getting ready for the next chapter in her life, Ellen will be taking over the product development arena. We are sad to see Andrea go, but we are lucky to have Ellen as part of the team now! Ellen grew up in a small town near Boston and actually went to school out there as well at a small arts college to study fashion design.

    Curious to know how she got into the apparel industry and where her passion stems from, we asked when she got into the fashion world and how she knew it was what she wanted to do after school. Ellen told us that she started sewing in high school while participating in her town’s youth service club called Keep It Wild. This club had annual fashion shows that Ellen took part in for two years and during her senior year she created a collection based on Alice in Wonderland with her best friend. After being a part of those events, Ellen knew right away that fashion was her calling and she decided to go to school to study fashion design so she could confidently go into the industry afterwards.

    Being from Boston and going to school there, we weren’t too surprised on her decision to come out to Colorado but still wanted to know why. “Colorado is what made me come here. Just the mountains being right where you are and going from a small city to a mountain town within steps is amazing to me”.  That being said, we wanted to know what she loves most about being in Colorado now that she has settled in, and she said that the mountains will never get old for her. Ellen climbs and had started climbing right before she came to Boulder.  Now that she is able to go and do the real thing, she is very grateful.

    Though she loves being in Colorado and takes advantage of everything it has to offer, Ellen also loves to travel. Her favorite place to go is South America, specifically Guatemala. “The culture is so interesting and colorful there. They also have amazing mountains”, Ellen said explaining her love for the destination. She is inspired by places she goes and people she surrounds herself with but, specifically, she is inspired by her mom. Ellen’s mom is hard working and made Ellen into the focused and driven woman she is today. Her mom is also a traveling connoisseur, she is a flight attendant, so they share that special love together. “She is pretty classic. It’s funny because she claims that she isn’t trendy or on top of what is the new thing, but she is usually the first one to come out with the trends. She seems to be really hitting the trends before anyone else is, which always inspires and impresses me”, Ellen said about her mother.

    On the other hand, when it comes to people that Ellen hopes to inspire herself, she doesn’t have anyone too specific. She hopes to be able to inspire and be a role model for younger women everywhere. She wants to be able to show that your path doesn’t always end up how you imagined it and wherever you are now, is where you’re supposed to be. Ellen really hopes to get that message across in things she does and is confident saying that whatever happens will happen for a reason and that you just need to go with the flow sometimes, as hard as that can be.

    All of that aside, the most important thing we needed to know was what her superpower would be if she could choose any. “I would have to say flying; I have flown in my dreams before and it is so thrilling and I want to feel that in real life” Good choice Ellen; we approve. Besides someday being able to fly, Ellen has a passion for ultimate Frisbee and plays with a group on a weekly basis. Of course I had to ask her to explain the sport to me a bit, but it’s just like football and sounds like a heck of a good time (and workout). She also loves to cook and try new recipes whenever she can. She makes her own almond milk and has just recently started making her own kombucha as well; definitely the signs of a creative and motivated mind. Ellen hiking Maroon Bells

    On that note, we wanted to dive into what she is most excited about when it comes to working for Krimson Klover and being a part of the team. “I’m super excited about knits. I see so many interesting pieces being designed for Spring ’19 and some interesting [knit] techniques as well. The possibilities with the colors, materials and unique designs are getting me very excited”.

    I had to ask Ellen how she lives up to Krimson Klover’s motto, “Live Boldly”. Ellen lives boldly by having strong opinions about her ways of life, decisions that she makes and lifestyles she chooses to live. “I stay true to how I choose to think and go about my life and don’t see myself ever changing those opinions”. Strong women are who we at Krimson Klover aim to inspire and create with; Ellen is going to fit in great here and we can’t wait to start creating with the new addition to our KK family.

    Submitted by: Emma Feeney, Intern

    #WCW -- International Women's Day

    #WCW -- International Women's Day

    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.