Shaley Scott getting ready to release RADIATE

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First, if you don’t know about Akinz new Find Your Wings Foundation, here’s the gist from Akinz founder Suzanne Akin:

“When I started Akinz, the company motto I created, ‘Find Your Wings’ was supposed to be about finding something to motivate you in life, to help you spread your wings and reach for the extraordinary, because life is too short to settle for the ordinary. I’ve tried to use Akinz to inspire others thru our partnerships, charitable outreach and sponsored athletes, but this foundation has been a dream of mine for some time. The biggest dreams take more than inspiration, hard work and planning, they also unfortunately cost money. I hope to be able to provide that money for ordinary people trying to accomplish extraordinary things.” – Suzanne Akin, owner/designer of Akinz –

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We created a tee from Shaley’s ‘Fly Back Home’ lyrics to raise money for her new album.

Shaley Scott, the new Foundation’s second beneficiary, is a Fort Collins local with a sound that can be described as piano pop-rock, acoustic, and blues all rolled up into one–with memorable melodies and hooks that are hard to forget. Her use of piano with guitar, paints a melodic picture that is unique, yet recognizable. She likes to call it piano/soul…or, piano FOR the soul.  The goal of her partnership with our foundation was to raise money to produce her new album, “Radiate”.  

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Shaley, shown here with Dawn Duncan of Sugarfox Records in the Fly Back Home tees.

Well, this fast-rising electro-pop-rock star from Colorado now has all nine of her original songs in production in L.A. with top producers! The album, “RADIATE,” is sponsored by Akinz and will be released in July of 2016! PLEASE HELP US RELEASE THIS ALBUM! Your support through purchases made on akinz.com help support our partnership and 40% of sales of the Fly Back Home Lyrics shirts both online and in our flagship store go directly to Shaley’s album production costs.

 

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Fort Collins St Patricks Day Parade

We were approached about participating in the St Patricks Day Parade here in Fort Collins this year so we teamed up with Tadpole Pedicabs, put on our best green Akinz gear and passed out candy & stickers to kids like it was our job!

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Overall it was a ton of fun, although we’ll have to stock up on more candy before next year. The amount of outstretched hands encountered was a little above our estimations.

All photos courtesy Brianne Janae Photography

American Handmade for You, From Us at Akinz

USA Made and Handcrafted, Just For You!

We are the best friend that you have been looking for.

We are low maintenance, do our best to make you look good and we are loyal to the end. Akinz has stayed loyal to their commitment to provide handcrafted products from the beginning. Whether it was Lindsay, Wil, Logan or Suzanne- we enjoy letting you know who made your beanies. We value quality products made by us, with love, for you.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Look for our handmade symbol on our beanies and various accessories. These select items have been made, with fine attention to detail, by the hands of the Akinz shop crew. With the help of our vintage knitting machine in our shop, we take pride in crafting Coloradoan knitted items to keep you stylin’ and warm while boarding, biking and bar hopping. And holding true to our desire to provide high quality goods, you will still find shop employees (like Coleen below) behind the counter hand crocheting beanies and headbands for your wearing pleasure.

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You have requested that you want your Akinz gear locally sourced and we listened! Our new line of leggings are made here in the good ole’ US-of-A and select styles are stitched right in our Fort Collins store and workshop.

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Our shirts and hoodies are screen printed in-house. Take pride in reppin’ the message that you “Live to Ride. Ride to Live” and knowing that a teal haired tattooed American pressed it with love in socially responsible working conditions. Not having to outsource our products results in better prices for you!

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Come visit us at our store in Old Town! You can see first hand how much attention and care are put into our beanies and screen-pressed shirts.

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Holiday Gift Guides – Mountain Girl

Have a gal on your list who lives the mountain life? Get her some gear to keep her warm and cozy on the slopes. Our cowl neck hoodie dress is super warm, comfy, perfect for layering and long enough to cover your backside while you’re strapping in. Give her a handful of headbands to match her various ski jackets and a bright handmade beanie!

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Pictured Above:
Cowl Neck Hoodie Dress – Black
Balibana Crochet Headband
Snow Day Knit Pom Beanie
Stainless Steel & Leather Mountain Flask

Holiday Gift Guides – The Beer Lover

What to get for the guy or gal who loves beer, beer and more beer? Beer-related clothing of course!
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SHOP the guide:
Tis the Season Beer Sweater – NOW ON SALE!
Fortlandia pint glass – In Store Only, but shop these other Fortlandia items online!
I Just Wanna Ride Bikes, Drink Beer & Cuddle Series – Available in unisex raglan, triblend tee, and 2 women’s muscle tanks.
Colorado Flag Koozies – 4 colors available
Handmade Beanies (for drinking by the fire)
Tis the Season Holiday Card

Check out all the beer tees!

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Holiday Gift Guides – The Adventurer

Shopping for someone who loves a good adventure? Get them something to take with them on their next trip.

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For him:
Elevation Mountain Hoodie
Made in USA Fold Beanie
Shenanakinz Polarized Wayfarers
Leather Mountain Flask
White Rabbit Sueded Tee

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For her:
Fly Away Feather Hoodie
Snowbank Wool Beanie
Shenanakinz Polarized Wayfarers
Leather Mountain Flask
Go Play Outside Tee
Balibana Crochet Headband

Holiday Gift Guides – Colorado Lover

What to buy the person who loves all things Colorado? We’ve got you covered. Shop the below items and more in our Colorado Gear section.

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SHOP the guide:
Handmade Colorado Flag Headband
Live Free Stay Wild Print – Available in store only
Colorado Flag Koozie
Colorado Flag Eco-Fleece Hoodie
Colorado Flag Pom Beanie
Elevation Mountain Flask
Colorado: Live Free Stay Wild Tee

Black Friday Weekend Deals

Our deals last all weekend so you can have fun during the day and shop online at night. Happy shopping!! Details below.

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November 27th – 29th Online Only:

— Add one of our holiday cards to your cart with your order and use code: BFHOLIDAYCARD to get a free card to give with your gift!

— FREE SHIPPING on ALL Orders – No Code Necessary

— 25% OFF all orders of $50 or more. Use code: BFDISCOUNT

Hats for the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive

Last year’s Hats for the Homeless beanie drive was a huge success but since we now have the local shelter all stocked up on beanies, we thought we would reach out to another group in need at this time of year… those who can’t afford a Thanksgiving feast like so many of us are lucky enough to eat.

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From now thru November 20th, come into our Old Town Fort Collins shop with a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County and get 40% off a new Akinz beanie of your choice. Any unopened food items are accepted, however here are some ‘most needed’ items recommended by the Food Bank.

Suggested food items for Thanksgiving:
• Stuffing (Bagged or Boxed)
• Cranberries
• Yams/Sweet Potatoes
• Canned Vegetables
• Frozen Turkeys

Suggested healthy food items:
•Peanut butter (non-hydrogenated oil)
•Canned meat/fish (chicken, salmon, tuna)
•Canned Fruit in Fruit Juice
•Whole grain, low sugar cereal
•Canned Soup (low sodium)

Want to help promote? Here’s some Instagram / Facebook friendly images for you to use!

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Fall Lookbook – Series 1

Fall is in the air and it’s time for cozy mornings and sunny afternoon hikes so we went exploring up in Poudre Canyon to bring you pics of some of our faves from our new fall line.

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fall-fashion-cowl-hoodie-laurel-earflap-beanieShop this look: Peacock Laurel Mockflap Beanie | Cowl Neck Hoodie Dress

fall-accessories-lookbook-moss-green-weston-beanieShop this look: Moss Green Weston Beanie | Pennant Tee

fall-fashion-feathers-flowy-topShop this look: Fly Away Top – Gray | Fly Away Top – Charcoal

fall-lookbook-purple-jackson-slouchy-beanieShop this look: Purple Jackson Beanie | Ride More Raglan Tee

fall-lookbook-accessories-crochet-headband-greenShop this look: Emerald Balibana Crochet Headband | Electric Green Space Dye Ride Hoodie

fall-fashion-lookbook-pyramid-triangle-teeShop this look: Pyramid Scheme Triangle Tee | Basic Fold Beanie

fall-fashion-feather-hoodie-blue-elevationShop this look: Fly Away Blue Zip-Up Hoodie | Elevation Hoodie

fall-fashion-lookbook-elevation-mountain-teeShop this look: Elevation Mountain triblend Tee | Colorado Flag Snapback