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Our Story

It all began in our house....

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In 2015, Ellie Lum founded Klum House out of a modest home in Portland, Oregon, that encompasses her & her husband's personal art studios. Their house boasts more art studio space than living quarters; a sewing classroom, industrial sewing studio, wood shop, and Dustin’s art studio—plus, a bit of home for themselves and their little wonder dog, Winston. Dustin & Ellie (Klein + Lum = Klum) are longtime creative entrepreneurs with roots in the cycling culture. Dustin Klein is founder of Cadence lifestyle cycling apparel & Ellie is founder of RE Load Bags, a custom handmade cycling bag company.

There’s tea, snacks, music & a tiny dog to sit on your lap and keep you company while you learn to sew.

The Original Klum House



Originally founded as a sewing education and handcrafted goods brand, Klum House quickly grew to emphasize their unique sewing workshops rooted in Ellie’s bag making & teaching skills. Over the next couple of years, Klum House built a following with those seeking high quality sewing and handcrafted goods education.

People came from all over the country to take classes specializes in rugged and utilitarian sewing techniques and bag-making. Klum House’s reputation for high-quality education is rooted in the insights Ellie gained as an educational researcher, combined with her years of experience manufacturing bags and running a handmade business.



In 2017, Klum House moved to a beautiful split-level commercial space on N. Williams with high ceilings, natural light, and plenty of room for all of their industrial sewing machines. They wanted to preserve the laid-back coziness of Klum House's previous home studio and create a space that feels welcoming, inspiring, and dynamic, with plenty of space for making and all of the necessary tools at your fingertips. This move marked an exciting new phase in the life Klum House and a chance to expand their mission of helping more people take their creative skills the next level— whether that means taking a little time out to work with your hands, or learning industrial sewing to build your own handmade business. 

The Current Klum House Workshop