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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.