Celebrate Life: Equillibrium Year End Report 2016

2016 kicked off with a heavy heart loosing a person who co-created the Eagles,  Glen Frye,  and the news of the Man who played their records like a soundtrack to my childhood having Cancer,  my Dad- Pat Henriksen.  Equillibrium’s segment on the runway for Denver West Word’s Whiteout 2016 was dedicated to them…  FYI-  Dad is stable and we are grateful for everyday we still have him.  With all the amazing People who passed this year:  David Bowie,  Lemmy,  Glen Frye,  Carrie Fisher,  Debbie Reynolds, Zsa Zsa Gabor,  Mohamed Ali, Florence Henderson,  George Michael,  Alan Thick to name a few…   2016 cannot have my Dad!

The 2016 “election” year raged on,  sales were slow as costs to produce went up.  Commercial rent in Denver has sky rocketed with the new high demand to live and do business here and election years are never good for Small Businesses.  Despite all those obstacles,  Equillibrium remains a Top Dog in authenticity,  sustainability with style,  and over all popularity.  A nice affirmation of this was Equillibrium’s invitation back to show at Denver Westword’s 2017 Whiteout Fashion Show (more on that in another blog).  With that said,  we made our year end donations joyfully,  knowing our brand has never been more relevant and needed in the Fashion Industry.

Overall,  as many know,  we like to put most our money where the lawyers are who create permanent change,  protection,  and conservation within the workings of the law.  Further,  lawyers go after violators,  hold them accountable for irresponsible actions taken against OUR Environment threatening a sustainable future,  and hit them where it hurts.   Despite slower sales than expected,  Equillibrium donated 12% of our gross sales this year.  That is a 2% additional donated from our 10% guaranteed donation toward sustainability from direct sales. This is because of a couple reasons:  First,  we could so we did and second,  we need to enter 2017 fighting hard for the issues we hold close to our heart.  The break down of where our monies went are as follows (click on their links to see the great work they do!):

59% donation to Earth Justice

16% donation to The Sierra Club

13% donation to Food and Water Action Fund

5% donation to The Natural Resource Defense Council

5% donation to  Oceana

2% donation to PETA

Further,  Equillibrium made a special clothing donation (3 BIG boxes) to Connected Soul for their work to assist at Standing Rock.  Water is LIFE,  we must protect what is sacred to life.  All links to the non-profits donated to have calls to action on their sites.  Please take a moment to explore their good works,  activate to sign,  and share causes you’d like to join the fight on.  Petitions make a big difference and are a voice for the voiceless.  Please consider taking the time to activate today if you have not yet.   Our list is far from checked off for who Equillibrium wants to send money to,  some have to wait until funds replenish in the new year… we can’t wait to sell more in 2017 so we can GIVE MORE!

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Angel, wearing an Equillibrium CORE Classic: EQ Skull Zip-up Hoodie chilling in Summit County USA

 

On a personal note:  It has been hard to get myself to write about this past October.   A dear Person and Friend passed away from Ovarian Cancer after a brave 4 year battle.  I suppose it is still surreal,  as I really believed she would survive-  and as most strong Warriors do,  she kept the battle hidden from view when it got gnarley.  Always smiling,  always gracious,  always beautiful…Hallie Olson Wastell is a favorite.   Her acceptance,  kindness,  and love was felt by many during her life.  I was lucky enough to be one of them.   At times I feel afraid to have favorites after experiencing so many be taken away too soon.   But I must say I wouldn’t trade knowing them for anything!  Thank you Hal for being my Pal…  forever loved and missed.

If any feel inclined,  there is a GoFundMe page for the Wastell Family–  Husband Jeff,  Son Jack,  and Daughter Chloe.  Nothing will bring Hallie back,  but perhaps some financial burdens in this life can be put to rest with help from others.  I was stoked to have had a very “Hallie Christmas” from Sined Skateboards where 100% of proceeds go to the Wastell Family.  If you like,  buy a deck and give here:  Hallie Sined Skateboard  available for sale,  not “pre-sale” only.

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Hallie Olson Wastell

 

Every year makes us stronger,  better,  and more capable of handling the roads that lie ahead.  My promise to you is this:  Equillibrium will always exist to promote human health and the environment.  We hope to make 2017 a successful year of support,  as we know a brand like ours has never been more relevant or needed than now.  Equillibrium exists to be a brand you are proud to wear with your head held high,  knowing your purchase was designed,  sourced,  and made with PEOPLE and PLANET being its top two priorities.  We are motivated to profit,  so we can do more and be more to all things Wild and sustainable…  for that is the preservation of LIFE,  our biggest LOVE here on Earth.  Together we can make 2017 the most sustainable yet by voting with our dollars every day!  Happy New Year!!!

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Equillibrium Clothing Sustainable high fashion street brand,  2016 print “EQ Arms”

Equillibrium would like to give our condolences to all suffering loss from Saturdays night’s attack in Orlando…  we pray for peace and coexistance.   LOVE  is  LOVE !

Denver Westword’s 2016 Whiteout Fashion Show and Tequila Sunrise by Equillibrium recap…

 

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Equillibrium at Denver Westword’s 2016 Whiteout Fashion Show
Photography by Robin Fulton
Models by Wilhelmina Denver

… see more in the Denver Westword event slideshow for the 2016 Whiteout Slide Show.

We have a YouTube Video of Equillibrium at Denver Westword’s 2016 Whiteout Fashion Show up to view as well!

ENJOY

Blessings.

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It is year’s end already. Time to respect and reflect on the past year’s experiences. We apologize for not writing in recent months… this year’s changes were, once again, abrupt and hard to process. There were no words to write at times when consumed by the moment.

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We’d like to take a minute to write the names of those who are not with us as of recent years/ months and are so grateful to have had in our lives: GaryLee Bomar, Justin Vicory,  Vinnie Garcia, Larry Johnson (L.J., founder of TheFarm in Boulder),  David Tuck , and Amber Cangilose… we will never forget… watch over us. I ask for prayers of good health to all fighting for their lives: Pat Henriksen (our Founder’s Father), Sarah DeVito , and Hallie Wastell. All are battling different forms of cancer and are not out of the woods yet… stay strong Warriors, love and light!

Equillibrium would like to thank all of YOU who listen, put your actions before words, and have intention to leave this world a better place than found for Generations to come. The bio-accumaltive effects of conscious choices can get synergies back to where they need to be with our World and each other.

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We are happy to say we are continually doing our part towards sustainability. Equillibrium is gaining momentum as a both a Brand and an Educator of sustainability. What is good for the Environment is good for the Consumer.

With that said, starting in 2016, Equillibrium will be donating 5% of our profits towards causes that most benefit People and Planet. We only work with reputable non-profits (such as Earth Justice, The NRDCOceana, and The Stronghold Society). Working the laws to create effective change and advocating for education to drive alterations in human behavior will bring the greatest permanent results. Therefore, that is where we will seed donations most.

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One thing we know is that there is no time like the present to give. Life is short, and precious… we live to defend it.

You are what you wear. So, get Equillibrium into your wardrobe and be a part of the solution through sustainable fashion!! Equillibrium is brand who is responsible, transparent, and gives with every purchase in more ways than one!

Peace on Earth! Good will to ALL! 

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Summer is in balance with Equillibrium, a brand that gives !

SunflowerSummer is in full swing and we’d like to share with you some kool events Equillibrium will be a part of!

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Equillibrium’s Pillow Dress Donation for Fashion Denver’s 2015 Dress Drive

First, quickly approaching event is this Saturday; June 14, 2015 at Studio Salon put on by Fashion Denver. It is a dress drive, we dropped off our dress donation yesterday (see pick to the left). Click here to read more about it on the Fashion Denver Website.

Next up on the roster is for the Denver Art Museum’s Final Friday Untitled Series. Friday June 26th will be an Untitled event hosted by DAM called Habitat. 6 of Denver’s Best were invited to submit for this event. They are as follows (and not in any particular order): Olivia McLean (ViVi), Deb Henriksen (Equillibrium), Mondo Guerra (Mondo), Sun Rose Iron Shell (Warrior Status), Sarah Folzenlogen (LoHi Bags), and Brandi Shigley (B. Shigley Designs). We are each given 1YD of natural cotton broadcloth to print on and make a bag from. Our pieces will be on display, and we aill have a panel discussion on our design concepts and what Habitat means to us. We LOVE it when topics like this merge into fashion! For Equillibrium and our customers, they are very related at all times. Hope to see you there at this special Untitled: “Habitat” event…

Fragile Xpressions Fashion Show benefit for Children's Hospital

Fragile Xpressions Fashion Show benefit for Children’s Hospital

As we recover from Summer Solstice 2015/ Go Skateboarding Day, no time is wasted. Our Creator, Deb Henriksen, will be again participating as a judge in Fragile Xpressions– a fundraiser fashion show for Children’s Hospital on Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Tivoli Center Downtown Denver. The designer challenge is to created a look from up-cycled denim. The dresses will go to auction to raise money for the Hospital.

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2nd Annual Dave Tuck Memeorial Pool Jam in Ann Arbor, MI

For those who want more action than a runway, will be in the Midwest, and sk8, a great event to attend is the 2nd Annual Dave Tuck Memorial Pool Jam at Tuck’s Hometown of Ann Arbor, MI. EQ donated some product for the event. Unfortunately, we will not be able to go to Michigan due to scheduling conflicts at the end of June.

In July, The Stronghold Society’s One Gathering at Denver Park will be hosting the third annual Amber Cangilose Memorial Girl’s Pool Jam Competition. The event and charity associated promote living life with passion. Please click the link for the event and learn more about the Stronghold Society. We are proud to be a part every year and collaborate with others who’s work is close to our heart… we will be popped up at this event. Look for the Equillibrium arrows and B/W awning stripes, say HI!

3rd annual AC Memorial Girl's Jam at Stronghold Society's One Gathering 2015 Denver Park

3rd annual AC Memorial Girl’s Jam at Stronghold Society’s One Gathering 2015 Denver Park

Live it!

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Deb’s Pic of Am at Carbondale Run 2006- she made the graphic design for the Equillibrium AVC Memorial T from this…

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Equillibrium’s original BLK on WHT AVC Memorial T 2013

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Amber RIPPING in the OC 2005

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Typical antics… Am Bam!

As summer arrives, vibrant and bright, we treasure the memories and vibration of a Sk8 Byrd (aka Sk8 Sister) who’s wings fluttered with grace and style. Amber Victoria Cangilose passed Father’s Day 2013, and we will never be the same. We held her memorial jam on her birthday (Summer Solstice & International GO Skateboarding Day 6/21) in Denver at her old stomping grounds, D-Park.

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Amber Cangilose Memorial D-Park Denver, CO 6/21/13

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The Spencer Girls rolling for Amber 6/21/13

 

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Equillibrium President/CEO Deb Henriksen- F/S slasher 4 Am 6/21/13

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50/50 on the spine to transfer … one of Am’s lines in the handicap was to drop in the deep and transfer over the spine…

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Air for Am 6/21/13

To keep her spirit and love of skate boarding alive, we collaborated with Ashley Mott (from Bad Egg Zine and Colorado Coalition for Public Skateparks), Walter Pourier (from the Stronghold Society), Jim Murphy (from Wounded Knee Skateboards), Chris Mearkle (from East Coast Ramp Design– 5.9), and the BAD ASS Mr. Bill Danforth Himself to create the Annual Amber Cangilose Memorial Girl’s Bowl Competition at the OneGathering.

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One Gathering and Amber Memorial Girl’s Bowl Comp 2014

 

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Walt Pourier (SHS) and Deb Henriksen (Equillibrium) at the One Gathering 2013

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Equillibrium Tent at 2013 One Gathering

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Our Chelsea McCabe killing it at last year’s comp… took 2nd!

We hope you are all EXCITED for this year’s event to CELEBRATE LIFE, EACH OTHER, and SK8BOARDING ! This is how Amber would want her memory and butterfly effect to be, and so it shall be… so, get your decks gripped, trucks loosened (or tightened), and bearings greased- we’re having an all girl’s show down at the handicap bowl! Hope you enter, and CAN’T WAIT to see you all there! Schwag has been donated by Equillibrium Clothing, Brother’s Boards in Aurora to name a few…  and always accepting more- contact EQLBRM or SHS for donations.

Lastly, like last year’s memorial jam, Equillibrium will have Calla Lillies at the One Gathering to plant in honor of Amber’s life, love, and light after the contest is over…

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L to R, EQ and Xavier gal Cara Kruse Gurule, Am’s cousin Becka, EQ and Xavier gal Deb Henriksen, EQ and Xavier Gal Lisa Huff at Am’s Memorial Jam 6/21/13

LIVE IT, LOVE IT, WEAR IT!

namaste

Nysa and Lisa planting Calla Lillies for Amber <3

Nysa and Lisa planting Calla Lillies for Amber ❤

… only a few days left to HOWL!

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TODAY- Tuesday; March 25th on Twitter is #KEEPWOLVESLISTED #TWEETSTORM… please put out a tweet #KEEPWOLVESLISTED – blast it all day long! Then time to write the White House if you haven’t already!

Thursday; March 27th is the FINAL deadline to defend and protect our wolves. In order to give our wolf recovery program a chance to work and ecosystems an opportunity to thrive. We MUST tell Secretary Jewell to have Federal protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) remain enforced. The Federal Government under the Obama Administration, has proposed to lift Federal protections. The Federal Gov’t has tested Wolf Management by States (ID, MT, WY, WI, MI, MN, WA, AZ to name a few) under their regulations within the Division of Fish and Wildlife under the Dept. of Interior- lead by Scretary Jewell, originally it was Secretary Salazar who proposed delisting- surprise he’s a rancher and Oil and Gas guy, don’t let the Democratic Party Association fool you. Sec. Jewell appears well groomed to finish what he started to delist Wolves despite her guise as an ex-CEO of REI and conservationist. State Departments of Natural Resources and Divisions of Wildlife management of Wolves has been devastating! Wolf Kill Management has been what they’ve implemented despite public preference to coexist. It has been a slaughter, AND an INHUMANE act of history repeating itself; showing evident extinction beyond endangered if allowed. Bottom line is Wolves need no human management- they regulate their own populations with turf wars to death of too many packs are present. There will never be too many Wolves, it is scientifically not possible and not naturally going to happen like that. Wolves also have natural disease and climate change to contend with as well. We have too many humans set in old ways of their Indusrty (Ranchers, Oil and Gas outfitters who want access to land, and other special interests who fund/ run certain States and our Gov’t), old emotional and fear based thinking that has been proven wrong and not to work!!! This is why Wolves were studied and reintroduced. OUR ECOSTYSTEMS FAILED WITHOUT THEM AND WATER DOWN STREAM INTO COMMUNITIES GOT CONTAMINATED!!!! WE NEED WOLVES, PERIOD, END OF STORY! Science has proven this, NO ONE  has or can disprove it!

Thursday at midnight is the end of public comment. Write the White House (click link) by Th; 3/27/14 midnight ! If you are unsure of the issues, what to write, how to write- go to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Mission Wolf two of my favorite Wolf sanctuaries in Colorado… they do great work and share their knowledge to educate others about this misunderstood and demonized Keystone Species and why they need Federal Protections STILL. Knowledge is power and put to action we can correct actions in the past with better choices in the future! #STANDFORWOLVES !!!!


 

EQ Wolf Seditionary Print

Equillibrium Wolf Seditionary Print