April 2016 Akinz Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Parke

Meet Lindsay Parke!  Lindsay is our in-house seamstress and also runs the store from time to time.  Most days you can catch her in the back corner of the store, in front of the sewing machine.  Lindsay is a Fort Collins native who recently returned home after living in the mountains for a while so, of course, she fit in at Akinz right away!  She also just had a birthday last week so, we thought she was the perfect choice for our first Staff Spotlight!

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What is your favorite part about working at Akinz?
Working in a creative environment where my thoughts and ideas are valued! I am truly inspired by Suzanne’s work ethic and drive, which pushes me to pursue my passions and creative pursuits as a maker!

What is your favorite piece that Akinz currently has to offer?
Green Snap Back Color Block Hat. It’s simple and classic for those sunshiny outdoor activities.

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What is your favorite to make?
Yoga leggings! So comfortable and they are pushing us into producing more in-house.

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What have you learned since working at Akinz?
The ins-and-outs of running a small business, as well as local sourcing.

What would people never guess that you do in your role?
Everyone here contributes to fill all the roles. We are still small enough that whatever needs to be done, we do!

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Before working at Akinz, what was the last job that you had?
Last ski season, I worked at a small B&B in Frisco, CO serving breakfast, housekeeping and doing happy hour. It was a relaxed mountain job that allowed me to snowboard and take a break from the city life.

Can you describe your style in five words or less?
Laidback outdoorsy tomboy

What are your favorite things about Colorado?
The outdoor healthy active lifestyle: hiking, camping, climbing, snowboarding, biking, microbreweries…

What are your interests and hobbies?
Yoga, hiking, biking, camping, climbing, snowboarding, beer drinking, painting, drawing, mixed media, design, photography…

Any last words?

Support your local makers! I am all about living that local lifestyle!

10 Reasons Why We Love Leggings

Alright, the debate has been had that leggings can not and should not be considered to be pants. Here at Akinz, we have decided they don’t need to be boxed in! Leggings should be valued for what they are, in a class of their own- flexible, comfortable and functional year round. To set the record straight of why leggings hold their own in this timeless debate, we present you with the 10 reasons why we love leggings.

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  1. One ‘fit’ to rule them all
    There is no need for ones labeled “curvy” or “boyfriend fit” because they are designed to hug all those curves in all the right places.
  2. You can throw away your old “fat pants”
    On those days where you have overeaten or the morning after Tour de Fat, there is no need to try to slip into a pair of skinny jeans. Slip on a pair of soft cotton leggings and enjoy your belly being swaddled until the stomach pains go away.
  3. They are adaptable to every shape and size
    True, one size does not fit all. We have all learned that unfortunate lesson from buying the $2 pair off Amazon that were made for tiny girls, but our leggings are 100% USA made, accomodate all sizes and several designs are printed on our very own printing press.
  4. You can wear them anywhere
    Under your snowboard pants, under your favorite summer dress that you want to wear in the winter, to the grocery store, mountain biking, to the movies, anywhere!
  5. Use them to dress up or down
    Leggings are so versatile! You can pair them with our Fireside Hoodie Dress for apres ski drinks or with knee high boots and a blazer for a business casual look. They are not just for yoga anymore…
  6. They were made for brunching
    Brunch and leggings were designed with the high class lazy people of the world in mind. You’re not late for breakfast and wearing workout clothes, you’re at brunch in your best leggings. Get it straight.
  7. They make packing easy
    Great things come in small packages, right? Instead of packing bulky pairs of jeans, a couple pairs of leggings will enable you to actually fit all of your things into a carry on bag for your adventure.
  8. They can be an act of self expression
    Thinking about getting a leg tattoo? Try out the Fly Away Compression Yoga Leggings that can show you just how great it would accentuate your upper thigh. Feeling cosmic, try our moisture-wicking Galaxy Yoga Leggings!
  9. They aren’t jeans
    Jeans can be stiff, uncomfortable and you always find yourself having to cover the top of your tush. Leggings don’t wrinkle, don’t take two dryer cycles to still come out kinda-sorta dry and you don’t have to spend time trying on 32 different sizes to find the right fit.
  10. They are your entire wardrobe
    You can wear the same pair all week and no one will ever notice as long as you switch up your top!

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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