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Akinz is a clothing line based in Fort Collins, CO.  We make all of our beanies by hand and plan to keep it that way.
Akinz is a clothing line based in Fort Collins, CO. We make all of our beanies by hand and plan to keep it that way.
85 backers pledged $4,442 to help bring this project to life.

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PLEDGE AT LEAST $30 OR MORE (OR INCREASE YOUR PLEDGE BY $30 OR MORE) BETWEEN NOW AND PROJECT END AND GET A BONUS FREE ENDLESS SUMMER T-SHIRT!!

CHECK OUT UPDATE #4 TO SEE ALL THE BEANIE OPTIONS!!

Founded in 2005 by Suzanne Akin, the company has been slowly growing by word of mouth and grassroots marketing.  However, since the debut of the flagship store in Old Town Fort Collins, word of mouth seems to have gotten a little bit louder.  We couldn't be more excited about that, but we have to find a way to grow while maintaining handmade quality.

The company's motto, "Find Your Wings", is about finding something in life to motivate you and make you reach for the stars.  We find that for ourselves thru being active in life and creating handmade quality products people love.

We're always striving to put more of ourselves into our items, whether it's printing all of our shirts by hand in our workshop, creating custom beanies  or hand making fun accessories.  We take pride in our handmade beanies and want to keep it that way as we grow.  But to get there, we have to make a few changes and we need your help.

So where is the money going?

  •  $375 - fees
  • $1500 - Initial buy-in for most knit beanies yarn at wholesale
  • $1000 - Initial buy-in for chunky crochet yarn at wholesale
  • $1000 - preorder of yarn for scarves at discount (this is how much we need to order for next winter, but we can order this yarn in any increment from $200 up which is why we opted for a lower goal amount)
  • $500 - non-beanie rewards
  • $1500 - professsional grade knitting machine (if we raise $5000, we will be buying a new knitting machine that will allow us to explore more options with our knit beanies as well as being a faster & more reliable machine, allowing us to keep the price of our beanies affordable.)

The Fun Part

Customize your beanie colors for only $6!!!  If you would like the option to custom select your colors (choosing from a wide variety of available colors), then increase your pledge amount by $6 per beanie.

Available in shown colors, teal/citron, black/gray & solids.
Available in shown colors, teal/citron, black/gray & solids.
Available in stripes, neons (coral, pink, green, yellow), and basics (black, charcoal, burgundy, tan, royal blue)
Available in stripes, neons (coral, pink, green, yellow), and basics (black, charcoal, burgundy, tan, royal blue)
Available in multicolored yarns (red-shown, stones, water), stripes, and basic solids.
Available in multicolored yarns (red-shown, stones, water), stripes, and basic solids.
Available in shown colors, cream w/ vintage rainbow, & charcoal w/ blues & teals.
Available in shown colors, cream w/ vintage rainbow, & charcoal w/ blues & teals.
Available in brights (teal - shown, hot pink, purple, cream, black)
Available in brights (teal - shown, hot pink, purple, cream, black)
Available in moss (shown, cream w/ seafoam & charcoal w/ gray.
Available in moss (shown, cream w/ seafoam & charcoal w/ gray.
Available in sparkle solids (silver - shown, purple, black, & teal) and stripes.
Available in sparkle solids (silver - shown, purple, black, & teal) and stripes.

Risks and challenges

These patterns are tried and true and we've gotten started on making a small stock of these beanies for next winter already. I have also talked with several people that are ready and able to jump in to help out with the beanie production. However, of course if the response is overwhelming, you might expect up to a couple weeks delay for us to catch up on all your handmade goodness.

The only true risk is if one of the yarn colors is discontinued before we have a chance to order. If that happens, we will find a suitable replacement for your beanie and still get it to you in time.

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    STICKER PACK -- We'll send you an envelope full of stickers to slap, stick, and decorate wherever you want.

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    FAN PACK --

    Akinz Logo Patch, drink koozie and Akinz stickers.

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    HEADBAND HEAVEN --

    Handmade balibana headband in your choice of color.

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    BASIC GILROY BEANIE --

    The everyday wearer version of our gilroy in an easy to care for machine washable acrylic yarn. NEW WINTER 2014 STYLE. Includes Akinz die-cut sticker.

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    LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER T-SHIRT --

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    5 PANEL CAMPER HAT --

    Don't want to wait for winter? Get your choice of our Akinz 5 panel hats shipped to your door right after project is funded.

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    KNITTED BASICS --

    Your choice of next winter's colorway of either our classic Ahab, Viking or Sasha beanie.

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    PRIMO KNITS --

    Choose from the Premium (100% wool) Gilroy Beanie or the Vintage Stripes beanie.

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    CROCHET COMFORT --

    Your choice of colorway of either the Snowdrift Beanie or Morningside Beanie.

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    SCARF LOVE --

    Choose from any of our scarves, including the new 2014 styles.

    Chunk Infinity Scarf, Sasha Scarf, Wanderlust Scarf, Twisted Cowl or Chevron Neckwarmer.

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    ANY TWO BEANIES -- For those of you who like to have options, choose from any 2 of our Akinz beanies.

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    WINTER READY --

    Your choice of any beanie and scarf.

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    ANY 3 BEANIES - For more options, choose any 3 beanies.

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    HEAD TO TOE AKINZ --

    5 panel hat, logo t-shirt & sweatshirt.

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    ANY 4 BEANIES - Beanie Bonanza... choose any 4 of our Akinz beanies.

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    NEW WARDROBE --

    Your choice of any 2 beanies, a scarf, 5 panel hat, logo t-shirt, limited edition kickstarter t-shirt + bonus shirt, sweatshirt & fan pack.

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