By Judy Shields
Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 5/22/2019 – “I can travel in the car with them and they are comfortable and I can move! I have never gone back. I just happened to collaborate with them on this Heroes and Heritage project and now I am obsessed with the jeans and that is the only thing I will wear.” Crystal Egger, American meteorologist formerly with The Weather Channel and KNBC and founder of A Sunny Space told The Hollywood Times.
“I absolutely love them, it was like I wasn’t wearing pants, if that makes sense at all. I will never buy another pair of jeans. Thank you KUT from the Kloth® for these amazing jeans.” Judy Shields, The Hollywood Times Assistant Editor.
“I wore jeans when I was younger, had a Shetland pony, then eventually owned a horse. I always wore jeans and loved them. Then in 1985 and 1990 I gave birth to Sons. Boy did that move my hips and redid my waist. Ha ha. So jeans really didn’t fit me anymore and I stopped wearing them. They didn’t fit my waistline, or my rounded hips. I had difficulties finding jeans that fit, other than men’s jeans, and the back-end side didn’t fit right.”
“So low and behold, I was sent a pair of KUT from the Kloth® Rachael “Mom” Jean and oh man, did those jeans feel awesome on and they FIT. I wore them for two days straight the weekend I received them.” Judy Shields
Crystal Egger listened to my speech about these amazing jeans and said the following:
Crystal Egger: “I can relate and it’s hard because a lot of jeans are just so tight around the middle and they show parts they shouldn’t and then you hang over on the sides, these jeans just feel so good. I can travel in the car with them and they are comfortable and I can move! I have never gone back. I just happened to collaborate with them on this Heroes and Heritage project and now I am obsessed with the jeans and that is the only thing I will wear. So I can totally relate.”
THT: Explain your involvement with the jeans company?
Crystal Egger: “I created a documentary series called A Sunny Space so I could highlight extraordinary women. I have two daughters of my own, and if anything, I just wanted to create a platform of good role models that can be hard to find sometimes, especially on social media. So it started that way, as a website and platform. My friend told me about how KUT from the Kloth® supports so many women and the very DNA of the brand would align with A Sunny Space…and it dos so I said why don’t we do a campaign together and give a platform to some of these amazing woman they can try KUT clothes and we know they will love them and let’s tell a meaningful story!
So we came up with the Heroes and Heritage campaign as they launched their Premium Heritage denim collection.”
THT: I have seen some of those Heroes and Heritage footage and they are inspiring.
Crystal Egger: “We have featured a Nascar champion, an environmentalist, an adventurer, a photographer, mothers, heart survivors. These jeans are for every woman and they effortlessly entered into their life and that is what we wanted to portray through the docu-series.”
“I just love the company because they have women behind the scenes that are all designing these for other women, so we thought what better way to get the message out than help to inspire other women through this campaign.”
THT: Will you be adding more footage?
Crystal Egger: “Yes, we kicked it off with five features, and a trailer to tie the campaign together and we had a great response. We were even able to showcase the series at South by Southwest in Austin and now we are moving onto phrase two and next week will be filming, Katie Cleary, she is an animal advocate and launched her own network World Animal News, It is going to be a great story.”
“We are excited to see where this goes and maybe someday launch into a digital docuseries on a platform like Netflix. That would be amazing!”
“These stories have aired on NBC, they have a new show that I am a part of called California Live feature inspiring women and it has been rewarding and fun. They air this show on the top NBC markets in California. It’s been great exposure for all of us and it’s just an authentic way to get the brand message out without selling something to somebody. We are excited for the future of Heroes and Heritage. Our hashtag that we coined is #inspiremore”
THT: We sure need more of that right now
Crystal Egger: “I always say this is kind of a bright spot in an often cloudy world. It can be really depressing and sometimes you need more inspiring content.”
“The jeans are word of mouth, I feel like they really took off when they were put into stitchfix. A lot of mom’s were at home, getting stitchfix delivered and the Kut jeans were in there and a lot of women tell you once they wore those, that was all they would buy.”
You can find out all about Crystal Egger’s docuseries on her website A Sunny Space
About Sunny Space
A Sunny Space is a place for sharing stories, sparking conversation and spreading ideas. We are an online platform and documentary series that profiles bold, inspiring women who are following their dreams and shining light in the world. We hope these women and their stories inspire, motivate and encourage you to create your own Sunny Space.
IT WAS A FOURTH GRADE CLASS TRIP to LA’s NBC4 studios hosted by legendary Weatherman Fritz Coleman that the young, impressionable Crystal Egger first became captivated by the possibilities for a girl that loved science and nature.
Crystal grew up in Grand Terrace, California surrounded by a loving family and a tight circle of friends who she still calls some of her closest from the 909. In her Junior year of High School she traveled abroad to Sweden as an exchange student and was fortunate to see all corners of the country as her host family embarked on a summer vacation in their motor home. She knew she was destined for a life of travel and adventure. From her humble beginnings she was first in her family to go to college and attend the University of California, Santa Barbara to study Communication.
Upon graduation she went to work at the San Diego World Trade Center in Marketing but soon felt a desire for something more adventurous and closer to her passion for nature and the environment. The encouragement of a friend led her to enroll in the TV/Radio Program at San Diego City College and Crystal went on to receive her certification in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
While working internships and building her credentials she landed her first meteorology job in Idaho Falls, ID where she learned the ropes of weather broadcasting, reporting, writing and producing her own outdoor features. From there she moved up to a bigger market at FOX Denver where her career really started to take off but would also experience a life changing event.
Pregnant with her first child, Crystal ran into complications and had to be taken off the morning show in Denver and immediately put on bed rest. Every single day in the hospital was a milestone as she hoped to bring her baby closer to full term. Ultimately, she would deliver her daughter at 27 weeks, weighing just 1lb 14oz.
Crystal and her husband would then embark on a long, emotional and humbling 3-month journey with their daughter in the NICU, followed by 10 months on oxygen. Amazingly, she beat all the odds and forever changed Crystal’s outlook on life. Living with hope and a grateful heart every moment of every day.
Crystal eventually moved on to Atlanta where they could raise her daughter at sea level and take her career to the national stage at The Weather Channel, filling in periodically on NBC’s Today Show.
Although the success at The Weather Channel and NBC was exciting, her thirst for something new and to be closer to family led her back to Los Angeles as morning meteorologist at NBC4. Ironically working alongside Fritz Coleman who she had “met” some 25 years ago as a 10-year-old on a class field trip.
Crystal’s NBC-LA experience was bittersweet. She was working with her mentor, living closer to family and also part of an exceptional weather team that won several Emmy® and Golden Mike Awards. She also enjoyed her work in the community for the March of Dimes and the STEM Education Program, inspiring young girls pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But this accomplished, brave woman wanted something different.
Crystal, the perpetual seeker of adventure and change, took the biggest leap of faith yet in the Spring of 2017 and in true meteorological fashion began searching to create her own Sunny Space. No more 2am wake calls and driving to work in the dark, no more 24 hour news cycle, no more missing her two young girls most pivotal moments growing up.
She left her successful career in her hometown market of LA and moved with her husband and two daughters to San Diego, California to pursue her next dream.
A Sunny Space was born. A place of empowerment, optimism, and light.
A Sunny Space is an original documentary series that profiles inspiring, bold women who are following their dreams and shining light in the world. Each episode will feature a different woman and goes in depth on their passions, their personality and their story.