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.

Colorado Bike Month Program & Cycling Challenge

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 • Rist Canyon • Coyote Ridge • the Dams • Riocovery Ride • Power Trail • the Oval • Buckhorn • Poudre Trail • Blue Sky • Maxwell • Rattlesnake Climb • Spring Creek Trail • Hewlett Gulch • Pineridge • Bellevue Bean • Mason Trail • Indian Summer • Shoreline • Reservoir Ridge • Fossil Creek Trail • Lory State Park • Bobcat Ridge • Devils Backbone • East Valley • West Valley • Concrete Plant Loop • Timber • Horsetooth Reservoir • North Dam • 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.

Blog on Blog Love

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!

Market Season is here – Spring Horseshoe Market!

Market season is here! Time to enjoy the outdoors while shopping. :) First up is the Horseshoe Handmade Spring Market in Denver.

Details:
Spring Horseshoe Market
Saturday, May 11th, 9 am-4 pm
4345 W. 46th Ave, in the parking lot behind Olinger Moore Chapel, Free admission.
An outdoor market featuring over 115 Colorado artists, crafters and vintage collectors–food trucks, interactive crafting and more! Rain, snow or shine.

This is one of our favorite markets during the year. Not only are the people who organize this amazing in their curating and planning, but the shoppers are a really cool variety of great people to talk to, and the other vendors are always fantastic! I have to control my shopping so I don’t spend all of my sales money! We’ll have new jewelry out that has yet to hit the website as well as many new tops that will be released online soon.

Hope to see you all there!

Claire grabs 3rd at the Northstar Trans Am!

pictures from Transworld Snowboarding

From Claire –

Trans Am made their 7th stop at Northstar last Saturday. Northstar’s park crew created a really fun, and creative layout for the competition. With 12 features and three jumps, the course gave riders a chance to show their different styles of shredding. The Weather was perfect and the vibes were great. I could tell that everyone there was excited to push their shredding abilities during the jam format qualifiers. Qualifiers lasted an hour long, with 85 competitors that was a perfect amount of time for every rider to get a chance to hit all the features and try multiple tricks. I was so exhausted after the qualifiers, hiking for an hour straight, trying to rush up the course to get another run in… with an hour break before finals began I had to take a few laps in the park. Northstar’s park is one of my favorite parks surrounding lake Tahoe. It has a perfect flow of rails and jumps.

Photo from Transworld Snowboarding

Finals began with 15 minute intervals for each section of the course. I had a lot of fun during the finals, however the one trick that I am really excited on was my backflip off the middle jump, to a 180 over the Muscle Milk fence, to a cab 180 over the gap. What a fun day! After all of that riding the host of the competition fed us an amazing lunch and gave out awards. I ended up making podium with 3rd place! I am traveling to Utah today for the finals. Wish me luck should be a really fun competition.

Thanks to all of my sponsors for making my season perfect
Flow Snowboarding
Akinz
Ra Optics
Honey Badger Energy
Shred Betties

Ride With Claire – Episode 1 from Claire Hewitt – Demeyer on Vimeo.

Also a huge thanks to Videographer Kevin Todd
If anyone out there is looking for a great videographer hit Kevin up!

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Hats for the Homeless – Handmade Beanies for Charity

January 14th – January 31st

With so many days of super cold temps in a row, it’s easy to find yourself rushing home to cuddle up by the fire or get under a blanket with some cocoa to watch a movie. There’s only so many minutes of negative temps you can stand before declaring defeat and retreating inside. But while we were retreating to our home this weekend, we were reminded of how miserably cold it would be and it is for those who don’t have a place to warm up or a home to retreat to.

Therefore, we’re introducing the Hats for the Homeless program. During the last two weeks in January, we’re using the powers of our handmade beanies for charity.

For each full-price handmade beanie purchased either online or in our store from now til Jan 31st, we’ll donate a beanie to those in need.

So, buy something to warm your noggin and know that you’ll be helping warm up someone else as well. Valid on all Handmade Beanies, Custom Beanies, Headbands, and Scarves

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Details: One for one beanie program is only valid on full-price orders. Orders using a discount code or redemption reward will not be counted towards our beanie total.

We’re currently speaking with several homeless shelters and working out the details of when and how they will be distributed. Depending on how many beanies we have to donate at the end of the month, they will be spread out between shelters in the Fort Collins and Denver area. Donated beanies will be a mixed group of handmade and machine made beanies.