• Upcoming Sunglasses at Night Parties!

    We have some really fun events coming up at the end of this month!

    The first is our 5th annual Sunglasses at Night Party this Thursday night (the 23rd) at the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins. Doors open at 8:30pm and a DJ will be spinning from 9pm-1:30am, so be ready to get your dance on! Equinox Brewing is doing a tap takeover and the first 50 people through the door get rewarded with a free beer! Continue Reading

  • That Intern Life

    Hi there!

    My name is Jodee and I am currently a merchandising intern at Akinz. I am going to be graduating from CSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel & Merchandising and a minor in Business. Continue Reading

  • Go Play Outside: Christmas Edition

    This Sunday we set out to Cameron Pass with friends to decorate a Christmas tree.  Our Christmas tree this year is just off the trail to Montgomery bowl. Hopefully it will be enjoyed by many on their way up to and down from their day of powder turns. 

    All photos by Brianne Janae Photography. Continue Reading

  • Hello November, I mean Movember

    November is here and although that brings up thoughts of first snowfall, turkeys and sweater weather, it’s also the month of MOVEMBER, which is when men everywhere try their hardest to grow a mustache in support of mens health.

    Even though I’m facial hair free being a woman and all, that doesn’t mean I can’t support as a mo-sista. 🙂   Continue Reading

  • Artist Spotlight – Dominique Montano

    This month’s featured artist in our Fort Collins store is Dominique Montano.  We are captivated by her realistic yet conceptualized depictions of large safari animals.  So we thought we would sit down and get to know a little more about Dominique and where her inspiration comes from. Continue Reading

  • May 2016 Akinz Staff Spotlight – Logan Rowley

    Meet Logan Rowley!  Logan is our weekend shop gal and also makes knitted beanies for the store.  She’s a Fort Collins local, high school student, softball player and artist!  We thought we’d continue with our birthday theme as Logan just celebrated a birthday too!

    logan-rowley-staff-spotlight1 Continue Reading

  • Akinz Find Your Wings Foundation- Rig To Flip

    Rig BumperRig to Flip has set out on a mission to provide a new media for an old west. With their focus on the rivers of the western slope, they aim to shed light on conservation issues that impact us all. The RTF team has recently produced a film about the Dolores River (AKA “The River of Sorrow”) of Southern Colorado and how the effects of the McPhee dam placed on the water, in 1985, has affected the native fish, the farmers and the recreational community of the area. Continue Reading

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Soak up the Last Summer

    Nights are getting cooler and mornings have that tiny bit of frost in the air that lets you know that Winter is coming, but during the daylight hours, it’s still summertime. Soak it up in our summer to fall transition lookbook.

    Pics by Craig Okraska of thechromatic.co.

    akinz-co-flag-tank-hatVintage Print Colorado Flag Tank || Navy Colorado Flag Snapback

    akinz-frisbee-city-park-script-teeAkinz Script Tee

    Akinz_shenanakinz-sunglasses-horsetoothShenanakinz Polarized Wayfarers

    Akinz_pineapple-pullover-verse-hooded-cowlPink Pineapple Pullover || Verse Hooded Cowl

    Akinz_fireside-hoodie-dress Fireside Hoodie Dress

    akinz-script-tee-horsetooth Akinz Script Tee

    Akinz_sunnies-horsetooth Shenanakinz Polarized Wayfarers