It is hard not to return a smile from a teal haired Suzanne Akin, founder and Creative Director of the handcrafted clothing store, Akinz. Her three and a half year old storefront in the area known as Old Town in Fort Collins, Colorado serves as the base for her Colorado-chic style clothing and accessory lines. On any given day, you can visit the shop to see the designs being printed on the store’s very own printing press or you may find Suzanne behind the desk hand-stitching a new beanie design.
Suzanne Akin went to school for design in Austin, Texas where she discovered that she “didn’t want to be designing cocktail dresses or live in Paris or New York City”. She wanted to be closer to the places that she enjoyed being outside, near the mountains and lakes. In addition to being an innovative designer, Suzanne is also an avid snowboarder, mountain biker, runner, hiker and wakeboarder. She wanted to design clothes that were cute and yet functional so she didn’t have to wear men’s boardshorts anymore. She was first drawn to creating surf apparel but then began producing beanies and hoodies after relocating to her beloved Colorado.
The Akinz shop is set up with a four color four station screen press, a knitting machine, a sewing station and a massive conveyor belt driven drying machine for the screen printed items. Her store is fully equipped for printing designs such as “I just want to ride bikes, drink beer & cuddle”, “Ride More, Work Less” and sewing her own leggings this summer. Suzanne is very excited about this year’s best selling Verse Hooded Cowl and the newly designed Akinz hoodie dress. Suzanne is looking forward to expanding her line to include her dream set of boardshorts and swimsuits in the near future.
Akinz’s company motto, “Find Your Wings”, is about finding something that fuels your motivation. Suzanne started a foundation that helps in raising money to help women accomplish their lifelong goals. She is currently helping to fund one woman to finish climbing her last two of the Seven Summits as well as helping a local artist to produce her next album. She says that the hardest part about having this foundation is finding women to fund! Anyone interested in applying can email Suzanne at email@example.com