At the age of 20 I packed up my snowboard and headed Telluride Colorado. From that moment on my life would be forever changed for the better.

For the next nine years I would would follow my passion for snowboarding , surfing and the outdoors around the world.  After nines years of pursuing that dream I decided to go to Art School in Portland Oregon where I studied Apparel Design with an emphasis on outerwear and activewear. Once out of school I began working at Columbia Sportswear and for next six years I would have the opportunity to explore my passion for outerwear and baselayer. After living in Oregon for nine years needed a change of scenery, so I decided to head south to Ventura, CA where I could get back to a lifestyle that suited my sensibilities.  I had always wanted to break out on my own so I created Kachka Swimwear and a trademark PonchOlas a changing poncho for surfing. I currently do freelance and consulting for new brands as well.

Through out the this journey of mine I have gained a profound respect for nature and all it's creatures. I try to live a simple but yet full life that is centered around the ocean and nature. 


Art Institute of Portland

Portland, OR

Associates in Apparel Design

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, NY

Associates in Occupational Arts

Work Experience

Kachka Designs 2013-present

Ventura, CA

Freelance Apparel Consulting and Design.

Owner of Kachka Swimwear and the trademark PonchOlas

Straight Down 2/2015-1/2016

San Luis Obispo, CA

Senior Activewear Designer/Developer

The Field Outfitting  4/2014-2/2015 

Santa Barbara, CA

Production Artist/Product Developer

Columbia Sportswear 1/2008-4/2014 

Portland, OR

Design/Product Development Outerwear & Baselayer

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2018 Kathryn Krasnovsky 

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