CKC founder Jen Lorentzen has the guts to follow a vision, the instinct to know what the client wants, and the patience, loyalty and leadership that managing a team demands. Still, nothing beats a powder day in her books. A love for design as it intersects with a love for the mountain has defined over a decade’s worth of work developing creative for the action- and outdoor-sports world at companies like JDK Design, DVS Shoe Company, and Nike.
She has been featured by Transworld Business, Apartment Therapy, Coroflot Magazine, Snowboarder Magazine, The Oregonian, GroupY, Portland City Club, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Pattern People, Female Sneaker Fiend, Portland Creative List, One Grand Gallery, My Fair Vanity and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
Her work has been featured by Communication Arts, Applied Arts Magazine, Paper Magazine, W magazine, style.com, Teen Vogue, Cool Hunting, Coroflot and One Grand Gallery.
Lorentzen turned heads with her design and merchandising work on the award-winning Nike iD 255 Studio in NYC. A few years later, she helped develop the Nike Sportswear brand and introduced the concept of the multi-executional seasonal directive—an idea she was brought into Nike Action Sports to help execute. Working with the Design Leadership Team to inspire Nike designers kept her engaged, but it was a desire to reconnect with the design craft that caused her to forge out on her own in 2011—and Clutched Key Collective was born.
When not seeking powder on the slopes of Mt. Hood, weekends find Jen camping, making a mess with art supplies or digging for recycled home improvement items at Portland’s Rebuilding Center.
Previously: Nike, DVS Shoe Company, Jager DiPaola Kemp Design
Hometown: Washington D.C.