First Friday With “Professor Lunchbox”

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- IMG_4096
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Buy the limited edition artist series tees.

5th Annual Sunglasses at Night Party in Steamboat Springs!

Heading back to Steamboat Springs for the 5th Annual Sunglasses at Night Party.  This year we’re partying it up at the Taphouse with DJ Kemo Chin and drink specials all night long including, $2 PBR and $3 wells.

Party starts at 9pm and goes til the last person leaves the dance floor.  Get there early to avoid a line.

Facebook event and RSVP here.

Main pair of sunglasses to grab this year???   Our limited edition gold wayfarer sunglasses:

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Can’t make it out to the party?  You can still buy this year’s gold shenanakinz wayfarer sunglasses online.

 

3rd Annual Sunglasses at Night Party – Fort Collins

The 3rd Annual Fort Collins Sunglasses at Night Party is back and it’s time to make it an extravaganza!!

This year, $5 COVER GETS YOU:
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Akinz Shenanakinz Sunglasses
(Retail: $12.95 – $14.95)
DRINK TICKET FOR FREE NBB SNAPSHOT BEER
Access to the Snapshot Traveling Photo Booth
Free akinz swag & chance to win Akinz gear
DJ N810 spinning all your 80s (and current) faves

Plus, it’s the Saturday before St. Patty’s Day so come out, grab party edition green or “pot of” gold shades and some green Akinz gear at a great price.

Details & RSVP on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1401969976732589/

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One of a Kind Beanies – Week 3

Back this week for One and Done Wednesday with some awesome custom and recycled beanies for you to check.

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This week’s one of a kind offerings are on the site and ready for your grubby little hands to snatch up before someone else does.

Search all one of a kind beanies.

Introducing One & Done Wednesdays!

Around the Akinz shop, we like to play around with lots of different colorways and see what we like best. We wanted to be able to share these custom options with our online community as well as our in store crowd, so we’ve introduced ONE & DONE Wednesdays. Each Wednesday we will release custom colorways and one of a kind items online. Once they sell, then they’re done.

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Not only is this a fun way to get our experiments out to the online community, but this is also a great way for you to get a custom item without paying a custom upgrade fee… everyone wants to be unique after all.

This weeks options can be found in our custom beanies section.

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FUNDED by Kickstarter!!

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Our handmade beanie initiative was successfully funded via Kickstarter on Tuesday and as of today, we already have the cash in our account and 2 of the 3 yarn orders on their way! We’re so excited to be able to expand our beanie production and continue to grow in a handmade capacity. So,

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our fans who continue to show us support through this exciting journey.

Even though we didn’t quite reach our stretch goal of $5K, we hope to be able to upgrade our knitting machine in the near future so we can bring you even more exciting beanie & accessory options. Hopefully we will also be able to become a resource for more brands’ private label handmade beanie lines as we have started to do with a select few brands already.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Kickstarter Campaign: Maintaining Handmade Quality in our Beanies

Since the opening of our flagship store in Old Town Fort Collins, word of mouth about our company and what we do seems to be spreading and we couldn’t be happier about that. However, it’s made it hard to keep up with production of our most popular item, our handmade beanies. We understand that this is that pivotal point in a company where they normally would reach out for manufacturing help from a factory.

But since I started small and grew slowly, I had the opportunity to talk to many people along the way, and I can’t even count how many times I heard, “I love your beanies. They remind me of Company X’s beanies before they got big.” I don’t want to lose that handmade quality in our product and end up being the company whose beanies those people USED to love.

So, today we launched a Kickstarter campaign to help us raise enough money to make 3 bulk yarn orders. The savings kept in ordering yarn in bulk will allow us to pay a network of crafters to help crochet and hire more in-house employees to help with the knitted beanies. If we exceed our goal by an additional $1500, we will be able to buy a professional grade hand-operated knitting machine which will cut down on labor time and increase capabilities from our current setup.

So if you would like to help, check out the ways you can pledge money on our Kickstarter Campaign Page, share the campaign and/or this blog with your friends and spread the word.