Lisa Blake 2017-05-20 05:00:45
MOUNTAIN MADE AKINZ Colorado fitness fashion to help you find your wings. THE AKINZ LIFESTYLE BRAND was born in Suzanne Akin’s Houston, Texas studio apartment. And then it was sold from the trunk of her purple Mini Cooper at wakeboarding events and bars. The 35-year-old founder and designer has been a retail manager, restaurant manager and a ski school ticket office manager. But Akin remembers the moment her brand launched. She was on the water wakeboarding four days a week and her laptop screensaver was of professional wakeboarder Dallas Friday, soaring through the air, with a note Akin had added to a photo of herself that said, “Someday I’ll fly.” “Wakeboarding is what inspired me to start a casual lifestyle brand,” Akin says. “The company’s ‘Find Your Wings’ motto is about motivating yourself to reach for the extraordinary and find your own dream and motivation.” Akin traded wakeboarding for snowboarding when she relocated to Steamboat after Houston’s housing market crashed. That’s when her beanie biz and winter casual wear really took off. The Akinz brand grew from tanks and tees to a full line of hoodies, beanies, trucker hats, leggings, dresses, accessories and more. Seeking a retail space-workshop hybrid, she moved to Fort Collins and opened her 1,000-square-foot Akinz flagship store in 2012. “Fort Collins reminded me of Austin from way back, before it got so big,” she says. Custom order a beanie with the Colorado flag, funky stripes, catchy neon or relaxed wool—it’s the company's signature piece. The athletic wear line is expanding with Akinz lifestyle leggings constructed from special sun-blocking technology and a moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric fabulous for jogging, outdoor yoga and biking. Akinz outerwear is sold in bike, ski/board and rafting shops throughout the state.
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