• 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!!

  • Go Play Outside for FREE National Parks Weekends!

    We LOVE our National Parks! The weekends of April 15-16 and April 22-23 you can visit any of the United States National Parks for FREE. Have you ever seen Yosemite? How about Yellowstone? Visit the Find Your Park page and explore the parks nearest to you and set out on adventure.

    We all know that springtime weather makes it hard to pack for a trip but we’ve got you covered. From hitting up Joshua Tree for world class climbing to Rocky Mountain National Park for some cold weather hiking, bring a piece of us along for style, comfort and, well, mostly style. 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

  • Dressing for Work When Your Mind is Outside

    fall-look-book-fall-fashion-made-in-usa-beaniesWouldn’t we all like to be able to spend all of our days playing outside? Even you can’t be outside and enjoying the outdoors, at least you can daydream about it from behind your desk. As the weather gets a little chillier, try sneaking into the office with a Cirrus Beanie on and see how long it will last before you are asked to conform to the office dress code. 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!

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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

  • Introducing the Weekender Pack

    We’re introducing limited edition ‘weekender packs’. Grab 2 exclusive tees, a beanie & a flat bill and your set for a weekend of adventures. Retail value of $91, you can get it for only $52, now thru 6/21/2015. Pack includes: a grey triblend elevation tee, black fireside Akinz tee, black basic fold beanie & our wings flat bill in grey.

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    Grab your discount pack now.