Industry News 2/9/2015

EMP: New Design Materials Manager Joins ExOfficio

ExOfficio, a leading manufacturer of adventure travel apparel, is pleased to announce the appointment of Johanna Rundquist as the new Design Materials Manager. In this position, Rundquist will manage global sourcing for technical fabrics and innovations within ExOfficio’s design and product development team, focusing on delivering comfortable performance for the traveler.


“The ability to continually solve the challenges that travelers face so they can concentrate on the experience is key to the success of our brand and products” said Brian Thompson, general manager of ExOfficio. “Because innovation and technology are at the core of that process, we set the bar high for this position, working with our VP of Design and Product Development Julie Snow’s direction to continue finding new ways to benefit the modern traveler with the apparel we make. Johanna ticked every box we had listed, and will have an immediate and positive impact on the process.”

Rundquist brings twenty years of fabric development and sourcing expertise to her new role. Most recently, Rundquist served as the senior materials designer for REI private brands, after a successful twelve-year career in which she was promoted within the department. Prior to that, Rundquist held various textile sourcing and product development positions at Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, and Banana Republic.

“I really enjoy the design challenge of making fabrics that are beautiful and comfortable with serious performance attributes to make the wearer’s life easier,” said Rundquist. “I particularly love working on textiles and the latest fabric trends and technologies, and am excited to bring them to such a genuine and talented team here at ExOfficio.”

Rundquist is working with the ExOfficio design and product development team out of the company’s global headquarters located in the SoDo district of Seattle, Washington.