• Staff Spotlight – Jenny Vazquez

    Meet Jenny Vazquez! Jenny first started working at Akinz as an intern while finishing her degree in Apparel Design from Colorado State University. Now she has become part of the Akinz crew! She mainly does on production and spends most of her time sewing, working on graphic design projects, or soaking in all the different areas of working at Akinz (screen-printing, knitting, etc.). Jenny has lived in Fort Collins for 12 years now but has lived in Texas, Connecticut and most recently North Carolina. When she’s not at Akinz she is pursuing several other business ventures and raising her eight and ten year old kiddos.

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    While at CSU, Jenny loved designing women’s apparel that is has interesting shapes and also unique design details. Her Senior Capstone collection was an all-white collection that used hand crafted metalwork details. In the pic below, you can see handmade brass buttons along the shoulder cut-outs of this Resort Collection dress with hand-beaded metal fringe.

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    What is your favorite part about working at Akinz?
    I have always love being part of Fort Collin’s “maker community” but while I was in school, my focus was very different. Now that I’m done with school I am so glad to continue to be around people that love to create art and use their hands as much as I do. I also love chatting with people from our community when they come into the store and want to hear more about what we do!

    What is your favorite piece that Akinz currently has to offer?

    I am super excited about our new line of leggings that are currently on pre-order! I helped get this project going as Suzanne’s design intern and we are so excited that we were able to keep them made in Colorado. My favorite style is probably the Northern Lights print because the colors are absolutely beautiful and I love the hand-drawn mountains at the bottom.

     

    What is your favorite to make?
    Flare leggings! I love working with stretch-knit fabrics and our new Flared leggings are super fun to make (and they wear like a dream). I am also really excited to be learning to use the knitting machine. I have been a knitter & crocheter for many years but love using the machine. It’s super fun! But truly, I love making anything… no lie.

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    What have you learned since working at Akinz?
    I have learned how to use the knitting machine, how to screen print and so much about working with local manufacturers. I have also learned a ton about being an entrepreneur in the apparel industry! I get to see all the ups and downs and all the different roles that you get to play. Suzanne works so hard and is an inspiration!

    What would people never guess that you do in your role?
    I don’t shy away from doing anything that needs to be done. Everybody here is the same way.. so that’s a tough question! I do some cleaning, organizing, photography, and marketing that maybe people wouldn’t guess…

    Before working at Akinz, what was the last job that you had?
    Before going back to school at CSU, I worked at local fabric & sewing shop, Mama Said Sew. That is where I first fell in love with the “maker community” in Fort Collins. I taught sewing classes to all ages, helped people find the best fabrics for their projects, and tried to inspire people by sewing various samples out of our amazing fabrics.

    Can you describe your style in five words or less?

    Sassy maker mama

    What are your favorite things about Colorado?
    Breweries, camping, the mountains, the people, the sun!

    What are your interests and hobbies?
    Sewing, making jewelry, drawing, painting and hanging out with the people I love.

    Any last words?

    We love our customers and are so grateful to all of those who support our crazy dreams 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Find Your Wings Foundation: Cynthia Wilson

    Meet our newest Find Your Wings Foundation beneficiary, Cynthia Wilson.  She will be biking across Zambia as part of to Bike Zambia 6: Ending HIV/AIDS and Empowering Women and Girls in Zambia.  She is looking to raise $4,000 for the cause.

    As a young girl, people asked me, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” My response was always, “I want to make a difference.” I am going on a bike ride across Zambia. I will ride my bike for over 300 miles. I will also be creating a multimedia story to give to the organization to help promote the ride in the future.

    Chooda is a non-profit organization that organizes this trip around giving back. It is one thing to ride your bike across a country for the sake of doing it. It is another thing to go into a community and immerse yourself in the poverty, the illness, and the people to make a difference. Continue Reading

  • Protect Your Heart by Armando Silva

    Protect your He(Art) T-shirt

    April is quickly coming to an end, so make sure you don’t miss out on this Limited Edition t-shirt designed by Armando Silva.  Armando is our in-store featured artist this month and draws inspiration from Mexican American culture and from the artistic world around him.

    He feels now is a more important time than ever to protect your heart and what is important to you and use your art to express your outlook on the world around us.

    To learn more about the artist, you can visit his website: http://www.artmandosilva.com

    Also available in Store: Art Prints & Custom Print Tees

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  • Go Play Outside for FREE National Parks Weekends!

    We LOVE our National Parks! The weekends of April 15-16 and April 22-23 you can visit any of the United States National Parks for FREE. Have you ever seen Yosemite? How about Yellowstone? Visit the Find Your Park page and explore the parks nearest to you and set out on adventure.

    We all know that springtime weather makes it hard to pack for a trip but we’ve got you covered. From hitting up Joshua Tree for world class climbing to Rocky Mountain National Park for some cold weather hiking, bring a piece of us along for style, comfort and, well, mostly style. Continue Reading

  • Upcoming Sunglasses at Night Parties!

    We have some really fun events coming up at the end of this month!

    The first is our 5th annual Sunglasses at Night Party this Thursday night (the 23rd) at the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins. Doors open at 8:30pm and a DJ will be spinning from 9pm-1:30am, so be ready to get your dance on! Equinox Brewing is doing a tap takeover and the first 50 people through the door get rewarded with a free beer! Continue Reading

  • That Intern Life

    Hi there!

    My name is Jodee and I am currently a merchandising intern at Akinz. I am going to be graduating from CSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel & Merchandising and a minor in Business. Continue Reading

  • Go Play Outside: Christmas Edition

    This Sunday we set out to Cameron Pass with friends to decorate a Christmas tree.  Our Christmas tree this year is just off the trail to Montgomery bowl. Hopefully it will be enjoyed by many on their way up to and down from their day of powder turns. 

    All photos by Brianne Janae Photography. Continue Reading

  • The Mermaid Life chose Me

    “I Didn’t Choose the Mermaid Life, the Mermaid Life Chose Me”

    New to the online store today, our flowy white Mermaid Life top and matching special blend fleece blanket in sea foam green.  Perfect for your favorite fish out of water to stay warm during the winter months. Continue Reading

  • Hello November, I mean Movember

    November is here and although that brings up thoughts of first snowfall, turkeys and sweater weather, it’s also the month of MOVEMBER, which is when men everywhere try their hardest to grow a mustache in support of mens health.

    Even though I’m facial hair free being a woman and all, that doesn’t mean I can’t support as a mo-sista. 🙂   Continue Reading

  • Feeling Fall Lookbook Part 1

    Our Fall lookbook has arrived just in time for our second batch of new fall releases.  Shop the fall lookbook here.

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