• Staff Spotlight – Jenny Vazquez

    Meet Jenny Vazquez! Jenny first started working at Akinz as an intern while finishing her degree in Apparel Design from Colorado State University. Now she has become part of the Akinz crew! She mainly does on production and spends most of her time sewing, working on graphic design projects, or soaking in all the different areas of working at Akinz (screen-printing, knitting, etc.). Jenny has lived in Fort Collins for 12 years now but has lived in Texas, Connecticut and most recently North Carolina. When she’s not at Akinz she is pursuing several other business ventures and raising her eight and ten year old kiddos.

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    While at CSU, Jenny loved designing women’s apparel that is has interesting shapes and also unique design details. Her Senior Capstone collection was an all-white collection that used hand crafted metalwork details. In the pic below, you can see handmade brass buttons along the shoulder cut-outs of this Resort Collection dress with hand-beaded metal fringe.

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    What is your favorite part about working at Akinz?
    I have always love being part of Fort Collin’s “maker community” but while I was in school, my focus was very different. Now that I’m done with school I am so glad to continue to be around people that love to create art and use their hands as much as I do. I also love chatting with people from our community when they come into the store and want to hear more about what we do!

    What is your favorite piece that Akinz currently has to offer?

    I am super excited about our new line of leggings that are currently on pre-order! I helped get this project going as Suzanne’s design intern and we are so excited that we were able to keep them made in Colorado. My favorite style is probably the Northern Lights print because the colors are absolutely beautiful and I love the hand-drawn mountains at the bottom.

     

    What is your favorite to make?
    Flare leggings! I love working with stretch-knit fabrics and our new Flared leggings are super fun to make (and they wear like a dream). I am also really excited to be learning to use the knitting machine. I have been a knitter & crocheter for many years but love using the machine. It’s super fun! But truly, I love making anything… no lie.

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    What have you learned since working at Akinz?
    I have learned how to use the knitting machine, how to screen print and so much about working with local manufacturers. I have also learned a ton about being an entrepreneur in the apparel industry! I get to see all the ups and downs and all the different roles that you get to play. Suzanne works so hard and is an inspiration!

    What would people never guess that you do in your role?
    I don’t shy away from doing anything that needs to be done. Everybody here is the same way.. so that’s a tough question! I do some cleaning, organizing, photography, and marketing that maybe people wouldn’t guess…

    Before working at Akinz, what was the last job that you had?
    Before going back to school at CSU, I worked at local fabric & sewing shop, Mama Said Sew. That is where I first fell in love with the “maker community” in Fort Collins. I taught sewing classes to all ages, helped people find the best fabrics for their projects, and tried to inspire people by sewing various samples out of our amazing fabrics.

    Can you describe your style in five words or less?

    Sassy maker mama

    What are your favorite things about Colorado?
    Breweries, camping, the mountains, the people, the sun!

    What are your interests and hobbies?
    Sewing, making jewelry, drawing, painting and hanging out with the people I love.

    Any last words?

    We love our customers and are so grateful to all of those who support our crazy dreams 🙂 Thank you!!

  • 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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  • Fort Collins – Land of Bikes, Beer & more beer

    Chances are if you’ve visited Fort Collins or live locally, you’ve spent a day riding bikes, going on brewery tours and hanging out by the Cache la Poudre river. So we thought we’d create our 2nd summer mini lookbook as an homage to the two things that make the Fort Collins community run… bikes & beer.

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    Take a spin down the Poudre bike trail to New Belgium brewing, then continue on to another local fave with the best patio in town, Odell Brewing, and then take a detour back to Old Town Fort Collins, where you can come visit the people who make your tees and beanies, yours truly. See you soon!

    Shop the lookbook: Chambray Flat Bill Hat | Colorblock Pocket Tee | Mountain Patch Hat | Dappled Snapback Hat | The Essentials Tee (Bikes & Beer)

  • It’s Officially Summer!

    Today is the first official day of summer, so we thought we’d get you inspired with a mini summertime lookbook to get you in the mood for some sunshine.

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    Shop these styles and more in our womens apparel.

  • Father’s Day Gift Guide

    Still shopping for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Drop by our Fort Collins flagship store and pick up the perfect gift for whatever type of Dad you call your own. Bikes and Beer? Fortlandia? Colorado Pride? Baseball cap? 5 panel? Basic beanie? We’ve got you covered.

    Simplify your shopping in our online store and selecting store pickup at checkout to have your order ready and waiting for you.

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  • Colorado Summer Bucket List

    The Colorado summer sunshine is finally here and we thought we’d help you fill up your summer schedule and share our ‘must-do’ colorado summer bucket list items. So check out the list and then hit the road. And don’t forget to grab some Colorado gear before you go.

    Want to show off that you’re the ultimate Coloradan? Tag @akinzboardwear on instagram with a pic of you doing each of the items on the list and we’ll send you one of our .

    1. See a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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    photo from flickr


    Colorado Rocky Mountain air, a sky full of stars, and amazing live music.

    2. Visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

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    photo from pinterest


    Hike, sandboard, camp, or just enjoy the view.

    3. Hike to Hanging Lake.

    photo by: Wil Claussen

    photo by: Wil Claussen


    There’s a reason why the parking lot fills at 10am.

    4. Take a Dip at Strawberry Park Hot Springs

    photo by: Wil Claussen

    photo by: Wil Claussen


    Multiple pools, amazing views, and clothing optional after dark if you’re into that kind of thing.

    5. Hike a 14er.

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    photo by: Wil Claussen


    Not only do you get true Coloradan bragging rights, but the views are worth the work.

    6. Enjoy a craft beer straight from the source.

    photo by: Suzanne Akin

    photo by: Suzanne Akin


    Experimental brews, freshly tapped kegs, plus beer tours = free booze.

  • New Space update!

    So… space is finally somewhat starting to come together, which is great considering the party is tomorrow. (umm… not ready). But, I thought I’d share some of the new stuff with you guys. Most importantly, we have a mini-fridge! And it is stocked with the essentials (AKA: lots of beer, a few Dr. Peppers, boxed wine, and LOTS of cheese balls).

    One of the challenges we had as far as screen printing in the new space is that there wasn’t a separate room that we could use as a darkroom to make screens, so our solution was to build a light proof screen drying cabinet to store screens and use UV safe lighting when the cabinet was open or we were coating them. This kinda tested Bumpas’ carpentry skills. He worked on it for over a week straight, but he got it finished a few weeks ago so I could start printing summer stuff. And now, I finally painted it a couple days ago.

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    Everything is finally starting to come together… just in time. Now I just might have time to finish some of the shirts I wanted to print for the party. More updates as the day goes on!