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  • 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!!

  • Protect Your Heart by Armando Silva

    Protect your He(Art) T-shirt

    April is quickly coming to an end, so make sure you don’t miss out on this Limited Edition t-shirt designed by Armando Silva.  Armando is our in-store featured artist this month and draws inspiration from Mexican American culture and from the artistic world around him.

    He feels now is a more important time than ever to protect your heart and what is important to you and use your art to express your outlook on the world around us.

    To learn more about the artist, you can visit his website: http://www.artmandosilva.com

    Also available in Store: Art Prints & Custom Print Tees

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  • 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

  • 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!

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  • 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

  • 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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  • Hats for the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive

    Last year’s Hats for the Homeless beanie drive was a huge success but since we now have the local shelter all stocked up on beanies, we thought we would reach out to another group in need at this time of year… those who can’t afford a Thanksgiving feast like so many of us are lucky enough to eat.

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    From now thru November 20th, come into our Old Town Fort Collins shop with a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County and get 40% off a new Akinz beanie of your choice. Any unopened food items are accepted, however here are some ‘most needed’ items recommended by the Food Bank.

    Suggested food items for Thanksgiving:
    • Stuffing (Bagged or Boxed)
    • Cranberries
    • Yams/Sweet Potatoes
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Frozen Turkeys

    Suggested healthy food items:
    •Peanut butter (non-hydrogenated oil)
    •Canned meat/fish (chicken, salmon, tuna)
    •Canned Fruit in Fruit Juice
    •Whole grain, low sugar cereal
    •Canned Soup (low sodium)
    
    Want to help promote? Here’s some Instagram / Facebook friendly images for you to use!

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  • 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.