5 Essentials for your Next Road Trip

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We’re thinking the May snow we got this weekend is the last we’ll see for the season so now our brain is focused on Summer Adventures! Hopefully you have at least 1 or 2 summer road trips planned so we wanted to share our 5 Akinz picks that we believe are essentials for any road trip.

1. The perfect pair of shades
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Pick from our new selection of polarized wayfarer sunglasses. Our fave is the black with teal mirror lens.

2. A cozy pullover
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Everyone needs a cozy sweatshirt whether you’re driving thru the night or sleeping under the stars. Our fave is the Ride More, Work Less crewneck. It has super soft sponge fleece and whether you’re headed to Mt. Hood or Moab, the message still rings true.

3. The perfect beanie
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Whether you’re trekking into the mountains or strolling along a breezy beach, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you won’t need a beanie. Grab our lightweight and machine washable fold beanie in your choice of color.

4. An everyday tee or tank
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Never leave home without a t-shirt or tank top that you’d be willing to wear the entire road trip, even if you don’t have to. We’ve got a ton of tank top options for you, but our current fave is the “I Just Wanna Ride Bikes” muscle tank.

5. Summer Hat
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Something to keep the shade out of your eyes and tame the messy road trip hair. Go for a basic black 5 panel or our new fun Dappled Mesh Snapback.

10 reasons to love Pineapples

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Doesn’t it just seem like everyone is obsessed with pineapples lately? I mean, we’re not one to talk. As soon as we printed the first tank top with this summer’s pineapple design, we couldn’t wait to slap it on a few more options of shirts to spread the pineapple love. So what’s with all the hype? Well, we’re here to tell you.

1. Pineapples symbolize hospitality. According to legend, after a long journey at sea, a captain would spear a pineapple on a fencepost outside his home as an invitation to visit, share food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage. Hey, we’re all into adventure afterparties.

2. Pineapples are tasty. Yes, you knew that… but it’s more than enough reason to love them. And they’re even better when tossed on the grill to get them all juicy and sweet. Summertime is just around the corner. Don’t deny your grill the juicy sweetness of a pineapple.

Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita3. Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. There’s not much more that I need to say about this one. Spicy? Sweet? Boozy? We’re in. Check out the awesome recipe here.

4. Pineapples are hardcore. You can’t make jello with fresh pineapple because it’s so corrosive it breaks down the gelatin and other proteins. I mean, that officially makes pineapple the most hardcore ‘fruit’ you’ve ever known.

5. Foreigners are exotic. The pineapple was first called “anana,” a Caribbean word for “excellent fruit.” However, when it landed in the Hawaiian islands, Hawaiians called it “halakahiki,” which means “foreign fruit.

6. They’ve got the good stuff. Pineapples are full of bromelain which is all sorts of good for you. It’s an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, digestive aid & even prevents tumor growth (hello, that means no cancer).

7. Baby pineapples are sassy. Pineapples begin as a bright pink cluster in the middle of the pineapple plant. And here you thought we just went crazy choosing screen print colors.

8. They’re worth the wait. It actually takes 1.5 – 2 years for each pineapple plant to grow a single fruit, so appreciate every bite.

9. Community of Fruits. A pineapple is not actually a fruit. It is the result of many flowers whose fruitlets have joined around the core. Which means it’s a tiny fruit community. Remember that next time you pillage a pineapple village.

10. Pineapples cause smiles. Not only does eating raw pineapple give you a mood-enhancing energy boost, but wearing a pineapple is sure to bring a smile to your face all day long. (I can speak from experience). So check out our new pineapple tees and snag your own personal pineapple happy pill.

Shop all the pineapple tees.

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What’s your favorite thing about pineapples?

Sunglasses at Night Party – Fort Collins

We’re heading back to the Mayor with this season’s new selection of POLARIZED sunglasses. That’s right!? This year, our glasses are polarized!

So $5 gets you sweet new Akinz polarized sunglasses, a ticket for a free beer from local brewery, Horse & Dragon, a chance to win Akinz goodies, free Akinz stickers and live entertainment from DJ N810

Check out our DJ
Check out the event on our Facebook page.

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SIA wrap-up

So it’s been a couple weeks since the Snowsports Industries of America show ended, but it has taken us that long to catch up and process after the whirlwind of a show!  This was our 2nd year at SIA so we kinda knew what to expect this time around, but it is always insane.   Load in only took about 500 trips between the 2 of us thru the service elevator since the convention center won’t let you use a dolly (weirdest rule ever) so we were a little tired after move-in day.

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But even though we’d been there before, getting that badge with your name and Exhibiting Member at the bottom was still pretty exciting. IMG_3308

The first day of the show was wrapped up with lots of beers (happy hour starts at 5pm on the show floor) then on to pickle vodka at Red Square.

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Cutest product of the weekend?  The tiniest size of the Burton learn to ride snowboard boots for all those up and coming groms.

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Product I wanted to steal from the show floor?  Jess Kimura’s Capita board from next year… I mean… lightning bolts and flying kittens.  IMG_3343

Day 3′s happy hour was filled with a little game of LCR at the Burton LTR booth that I didn’t win but I did get LTR dice.    IMG_3348

Megan and me sporting the cowl neck hoodie dresses.

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And of course no SIA show is complete without a little snow.

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INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!! Win $1,000 Gift Card!

Help us reach 1,000 followers on Instagram and win a $1,000 gift card!!

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Help us reach 1,000 followers and win $1,000 shopping spree to Akinz!

Here’s how:
1. Follow us on Instagram (@akinzboardwear)
2. Tag 3 friends in the comments of our giveaway.
3. Regram our giveaway and tag us for an extra entry.

When we reach 1,000 followers, we’ll give away the gift card!!

Good luck!

Details:  Must be a US resident to enter to win.  Gift card must be redeemed in one purchase.

Holiday Daily Deals!!

Daily Deals start today!!  Check back everyday for a new amazing deal!!

DECEMBER 16TH

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Today’s Daily Deal!!  Get one of our brand new genuine leather and stainless steel laser engraved 6 oz. flasks when you spend $70 or more. PLUS FREE SHIPPING!!  Add $70 worth of product to your cart and then add our Akinz Mountain Flask  Use code: BOOZE at checkout.

DECEMBER 15TH

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FREE Shipping on any online order + spot deals on the site and in store.

DECEMBER 12TH

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Purchase $30 worth of goodies and gifts and then add your favorite pair of sunglasses to your cart to get them for FREE!!  Use code: SUNSHINE

SHOP HANDMADE GIFTS NOW

DECEMBER 11TH

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35% OFF all mens and womens apparel TODAY ONLY!!  Use code: XMAS35.  Shop Mens Apparel.  Shop Womens Apparel.

DECEMBER 10TH

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Add any 3 beanies to your cart, use code: BEANIEBONANZA and get 1 for free!  ($30 value).  Shop our handmade beanies now.

Holiday Hullabaloo 2014

Just a couple days til our Holiday Hullabaloo for 2014!!  This year we’ll have $10 T-shirt madness for you early Christmas shoppers to stock up on presents for people you want to think you spent more on them than you did.  We’re also doing live printing with an exclusive design from us, Allie Ogg and the return of 2 fan favorites from past artists. (details soon).  Plus we’ll have holiday refreshments and entertainment as well as raffle prizes for attendees.

RSVP on Facebook to stay updated.

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Hats for the Homeless

 

We are so excited to announce that we have teamed up with Homeless Gear for this year’s Hats for the Homeless promotion!! From October 15th - November 15th, buy any handmade beanie and we will donate a beanie to Homeless Gear.  Our goal is to reach 1000 beanies to meet their needs for the winter season, so please share the word by telling your friends about our program!  

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Homeless Gear’s Mission:  To provide homeless men, women and children with the supplies that they need to survive on the streets and the support and companionship that they need to navigate the path from homelessness to self-sufficiency

 

SHOP OUR NEW HANDMADE BEANIES online or come drop by our Fort Collins storefront to help us make a difference.

We <3 Handmade

We have met a lot of people recently who were not aware of the handcrafted elements that make our clothing so special. Well, it all started when Suzanne decided to start printing tees herself on the kitchen floor of her studio apt back in 2005. Almost a decade later, with the addition of a storefront and some better equipment, the idea of In-House manufacturing is stronger than ever. Yes we take the time to print up every shirt just for you right in the back of our shop. We make all of our beanies and headbands in house as well. Countless hours have been spent crocheting and knitting but it has been a very cool experience pioneering our own production process that we take so much pride in. We are very excited for the release of our ’14/’15 line this fall and we have some goodies in there so be on the lookout. Viva La Handmade Revolution! photo
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