• 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.

    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.

    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 ūüôā Thank you!!

  • 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. ūüôā ¬† 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 ‚ÄúThe River of Sorrow‚ÄĚ) 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