• 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!






    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

  • Holiday Gift Guides – Colorado Lover

    What to buy the person who loves all things Colorado? We’ve got you covered. Shop the below items and more in our Colorado Gear section.


    SHOP the guide:
    Handmade Colorado Flag Headband
    Live Free Stay Wild Print – Available in store only
    Colorado Flag Koozie
    Colorado Flag Eco-Fleece Hoodie
    Colorado Flag Pom Beanie
    Elevation Mountain Flask
    Colorado: Live Free Stay Wild Tee

  • 4th of July Yurt Trip

    This year our shop manager spent his 4th of July weekend at a Yurt in the Neversummer Wilderness of Colorado. He started the 4th off with a sunrise hike to Ruby Jewel lake and ended with beers around the campfire. Here are some pics from Wil’s adventure.













  • 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.

    photo from flickr

    photo from flickr

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

    2. Visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

    photo from pinterest

    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.

    photo by: Wil Claussen

    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.

  • 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.


  • The kickoff for the Topo pop up shop went down on Friday and we are now fully stocked on bags, belts, tees and other limited edition goods. I think it is safe to say that if you are looking for the ultimate source of local clothing and accessories, we’ve got it. All of this will be available in our store through the end of April so make sure you stop by and say hello!




  • Topo Designs Pop-Up Shop at Akinz


    What: A Pop-up shop from one of our favorite brands, Topo Designs, who is based out of Denver, Colorado and makes high quality bags, accessories, and apparel. Everything they make is produced in the USA with a high focus on quality.

    We’re bringing some of their most popular products to our shop as well as some sneak peek products that haven’t even dropped on their own website yet. Expect a new bag and some fresh t-shirts. The shop will set up in our Fort Collins store this Friday thru the end of the month for you to check out. Come this Friday to Shop Late Fridays to check out the goods, grab some stickers, and support another Colorado brand re-building US manufacturing.

    When: Shop Late Friday 4/11 from 6pm to 9pm
    (can’t make it this Friday? We’ll have the products thru the end of the month, but be sure to come by before all the best goodies are gone!

    Why: The shops in Old Town Fort Collins are starting a new tradition called Shop Late Fridays. Every 2nd Friday of the month, shops will be open later than usual featuring special events and discounts.

    We plan on using this event to bring some of our favorite brands and industry partners to you in the form of trunk shows and pop-up shops. In addition to the special events we’ll be offering, we also plan on having a standing 20% discount on all Akinz products… but only from 6pm – 9pm so make sure to stop by each month!

    We chose Topo Designs as our first brand to feature cause we think they’re awesome and we know you will too.

    RSVP to the event on Facebook to stay tuned for special deals and product information.

  • 5th Annual Sunglasses at Night Party in Steamboat Springs!

    Heading back to Steamboat Springs for the 5th Annual Sunglasses at Night Party.  This year we’re partying it up at the Taphouse with DJ Kemo Chin and drink specials all night long including, $2 PBR and $3 wells.

    Party starts at 9pm and goes til the last person leaves the dance floor.  Get there early to avoid a line.

    Facebook event and RSVP here.

    Main pair of sunglasses to grab this year???   Our limited edition gold wayfarer sunglasses:




    Can’t make it out to the party?  You can still buy this year’s gold shenanakinz wayfarer sunglasses online.


  • Market Season is here – Spring Horseshoe Market!

    Market season is here! Time to enjoy the outdoors while shopping. 🙂 First up is the Horseshoe Handmade Spring Market in Denver.

    Spring Horseshoe Market
    Saturday, May 11th, 9 am-4 pm
    4345 W. 46th Ave, in the parking lot behind Olinger Moore Chapel, Free admission.
    An outdoor market featuring over 115 Colorado artists, crafters and vintage collectors–food trucks, interactive crafting and more! Rain, snow or shine.

    This is one of our favorite markets during the year. Not only are the people who organize this amazing in their curating and planning, but the shoppers are a really cool variety of great people to talk to, and the other vendors are always fantastic! I have to control my shopping so I don’t spend all of my sales money! We’ll have new jewelry out that has yet to hit the website as well as many new tops that will be released online soon.

    Hope to see you all there!

  • Hats for the Homeless – Handmade Beanies for Charity

    January 14th – January 31st

    With so many days of super cold temps in a row, it’s easy to find yourself rushing home to cuddle up by the fire or get under a blanket with some cocoa to watch a movie. There’s only so many minutes of negative temps you can stand before declaring defeat and retreating inside. But while we were retreating to our home this weekend, we were reminded of how miserably cold it would be and it is for those who don’t have a place to warm up or a home to retreat to.

    Therefore, we’re introducing the Hats for the Homeless program. During the last two weeks in January, we’re using the powers of our handmade beanies for charity.

    For each full-price handmade beanie purchased either online or in our store from now til Jan 31st, we’ll donate a beanie to those in need.

    So, buy something to warm your noggin and know that you’ll be helping warm up someone else as well. Valid on all Handmade Beanies, Custom Beanies, Headbands, and Scarves


    Details: One for one beanie program is only valid on full-price orders. Orders using a discount code or redemption reward will not be counted towards our beanie total.

    We’re currently speaking with several homeless shelters and working out the details of when and how they will be distributed. Depending on how many beanies we have to donate at the end of the month, they will be spread out between shelters in the Fort Collins and Denver area. Donated beanies will be a mixed group of handmade and machine made beanies.