Just a couple days til our Holiday Hullabaloo for 2014!! This year we’ll have $10 T-shirt madness for you early Christmas shoppers to stock up on presents for people you want to think you spent more on them than you did. We’re also doing live printing with an exclusive design from us, Allie Ogg and the return of 2 fan favorites from past artists. (details soon). Plus we’ll have holiday refreshments and entertainment as well as raffle prizes for attendees.
We are so excited to announce that we have teamed up with Homeless Gear for this year’s Hats for the Homeless promotion!! From October 15th – November 15th, buy any handmade beanie and we will donate a beanie to Homeless Gear. Our goal is to reach 1000 beanies to meet their needs for the winter season, so please share the word by telling your friends about our program!
Homeless Gear’s Mission: To provide homeless men, women and children with the supplies that they need to survive on the streets and the support and companionship that they need to navigate the path from homelessness to self-sufficiency
SHOP OUR NEW HANDMADE BEANIES online or come drop by our Fort Collins storefront to help us make a difference.
We have met a lot of people recently who were not aware of the handcrafted elements that make our clothing so special. Well, it all started when Suzanne decided to start printing tees herself on the kitchen floor of her studio apt back in 2005. Almost a decade later, with the addition of a storefront and some better equipment, the idea of In-House manufacturing is stronger than ever. Yes we take the time to print up every shirt just for you right in the back of our shop. We make all of our beanies and headbands in house as well. Countless hours have been spent crocheting and knitting but it has been a very cool experience pioneering our own production process that we take so much pride in. We are very excited for the release of our ’14/’15 line this fall and we have some goodies in there so be on the lookout. Viva La Handmade Revolution!
The kickoff for the Topo pop up shop went down on Friday and we are now fully stocked on bags, belts, tees and other limited edition goods. I think it is safe to say that if you are looking for the ultimate source of local clothing and accessories, we’ve got it. All of this will be available in our store through the end of April so make sure you stop by and say hello!
April is here already and as usual we set it off with a great First Friday featuring Benjamin Givens, AKA Professor Lunchbox. In between screen printing we managed to have a high kick contest that probably should not have happened in a space this small. Either way, we had a great time and we will have the Mermaid Party and Rocket Boy tees available all month. Here are some pics recapping the night-
Buy the limited edition artist series tees.
Bike to Work Charity T-shirt
If you know about our annual bike month program, you’ll know that we design a special t-shirt just for bike month and contribute a portion of the proceeds to a local bike charity. This year we’re donating $4 of each t-shirt sold and $1 of each water bottle from now until the end of the month to Bike Fort Collins to help better biking in our community and support the Fort Collins Bike Library. The products included in this program are any colorway of the new NoCo Bike To-Do List and I Want to Ride My Bike designs. You can find the whole list of products here.
NoCo To-Do List Challenge
This year the bike month t-shirt also doubles as a cycling challenge. On the back of the shirt, you can opt to have the trails listed around the bike design in a to-do format printed on the back of the shirt. Finish all of the mix of mountain bike, city trail, bike landmark, and road bike rides. The first person to complete the challenge will win a $100 gift certificate to the shop, second a $75 gift certificate and third a $50 gift certificate. ALL finishers will receive our new limited edition Foco Akinz bike patch.
Trails on the List:
Bingham Hill â€¢ Rist Canyon â€¢ Coyote Ridge â€¢ the Dams â€¢ Riocovery Ride â€¢ Power Trail â€¢ the Oval â€¢ Buckhorn â€¢ Poudre Trail â€¢ Blue Sky â€¢ Maxwell â€¢ Rattlesnake Climb â€¢ Spring Creek Trail â€¢ Hewlett Gulch â€¢ Pineridge â€¢ Bellevue Bean â€¢ Mason Trail â€¢ Indian Summer â€¢ Shoreline â€¢ Reservoir Ridge â€¢ Fossil Creek Trail â€¢ Lory State Park â€¢ Bobcat Ridge â€¢ Devils Backbone â€¢ East Valley â€¢ West Valley â€¢ Concrete Plant Loop â€¢ Timber â€¢ Horsetooth Reservoir â€¢ North Dam â€¢ Bar SS
How to Compete
Pick a trail. Ride it. Pick another one. Repeat.
How to Track
Show us your Strava, MapMyRide, Endomondo, etc of each ride. Bonus points if you take a picture of you in your shirt while on your ride. And please share it on our Facebook page.
Yesterday we posted that the ‘Mayor’ of Heiditown.com deemed us one of the not-to-miss shops when you’re visiting Fort Collins for the Colorado Brewers’ Festival.
We were pretty excited to be included on Heidi’s 3 day Fort Collins to-do list, but we might not have known about it if Heidi hadn’t come in to take some snapshots.
So we wondered if anyone else had mentioned us out there in blogland that we didn’t see. We scoured our analytics from the last couple months and found that the answer was YES!
Gigi of Living La Vida Local said we were one of her favorite shops during her visit to Fort Collins. (Her ‘local’ refers to the bright lights of Las Vegas.) and shared the below picture of our chalkboard sign during her visit.
Then Legal Addictions (a blog about backcountry split boarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and other adventures) shared some pics of our Mountain Patch trucker hat during their group backcountry trip / honeymoon in the Arctic with a link back from the below shot.
Finally, Running in Boise, a personal blog about you guessed it… running, shared her excitement about getting our Dangerous & Beautiful shirt in the mail (which she earned from all that running.)
We were pretty happy to find more people out there chatting us up. Thank you for sharing the Akinz love with your own blogosphere! And we want to know… have you written about Akinz and we missed it? We’d love to see any links below in the comments!