Denver Fashion Weekend 2013 Equillibrium Recap

When we got the invite to show at 303 Magazine’s Denver Fashion Weekend 2013, the answer to Charlie Price was immediately YES! As expected, Charlie delivered. We hope everyone feels we did as well. Equillibrium is very pleased with the end result of the fashion show production… here’s the anticipated video for all who missed it!

YouTube Video of Equillibrium at DFW 2013

YouTube Video of Equillibrium at DFW 2013

For those not familiar with us, we’d like to share a blog we wrote a few years ago about our business ethics and moral code for sourcing materials for our products.  “Equillibrium’s Transparent ‘UP’ Side”

As a leader in conscious fashion design, Equillibrium’s creator and designer, Deb Henriksen, LEED AP BD+C, also got a blog interview from the West Word we’d love for you to check out: Equillibrium Clothing Represents Sustainability at DFW 2013  .

EQ behind the scenes shot DFW 2013

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EQ Behind the Scenes DFW 2013

BIG UPS and HUGE thank U to ALL involved for this gr8 event, Denver Fashion Weekend 2013… We’d like to name a special few: 303 Magazine, Charlie Price, Jonelle, Ramon, and Hallie from Evolution Salon, Mona Lucero, Margaret and Christine Cutter, Lisa Huff, Ben Owens, models: Kelsey, Karly, Wendy, and Madison.

Life changing

Summer has come, and it seems to have already gone. Within the past 3 months, several life changing events have occurred.  We acknowledge it is over due to address what has forever changed our Colorado Skate Family. We lost two of our original crew, Amber Cangilose (1976-2013) and Dave Tuck (1969-2013). These are hard losses to write about as Amber and Dave are two of our favorites…

AmC2003Amber passed away in June, one week before her 37th Birthday on the 21st. In Amber’s honor, we held a memorial skate jam at Denver Park on June 21st, also International Go Skateboarding Day. We also have an announcement regarding keeping Amber’s love, passion, and energy around. Equillibrium is honored to approve and sponsor the Annual Amber Cangilose Girl’s Bowl Competition at the Strong Hold Society’s One Gathering held at Denver Park every summer in July. We have a memorial T for Amber (below) being sold to fund raise for “Amber’s Angels” (home girls) and family out of state to be in Denver for the 2nd Annual Amber Cangilose Girl’s Bowl Competition!  (Click on pick below to purchase your T on Etsy!)

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Tuck slippin’ and slidin’ at Skate Colorado House with Amber Cangilose and Lisa Huff in the background… family…. circa 2000

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Equillibrium Tuck Rasta Heart hung at Arvada Park on Dave’s 44th B-Day 8/1/13

The next hit was loosing Tuck… 2 years ago Dave was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer… this Lion (he’s a Leo) fought one hell of a fight with amazing bravery. We LOVE Dave, always have and always will… and from him we are blessed to have his surviving family to watch over and love. On that note, we also have a memorial T for Dave… proceeds will go to the non-profit Dave started, Strap in for Life. Dave wanted to leave something for boarders fighting cancer, and a source for support… inspired by Grind for Life, a non-profit for skateboarders with cancer. Equillibrium will also be a continued sponsor/ supporter of the Annual Camtest, now always in Dave Tuck’s honor…  (Click on pick below to purchase your T on Etsy!)EQ_TAmemT

Amber and Dave were two of the brightest flames we’ve known, their passion and smiles were contagious. We cherish the times and memories that will forever bring smiles of our own… we will NEVER forget!

These memorial T’s are a part of Equillibrium’s Benefit T series and are available at Equillibrium Show Room or online now, and at an Authorized Equillibrium Dealer near you this Holiday Season.  “FROM THE CORE, FOR THE CORE… LIVE IT, LOVE IT, WEAR IT!”

… an equation for LIFE!

ImageThis past weekend was the 6th annual CAMTEST, Dave Tuck Invitational, Skateboard Contest and Jam. Not only was the sk8ing EPIC, but the event continues to embody the times and ties of our history. As a brand, we could not be more proud of our roots. Following our passions in life has lead to who we are today and will be tomorrow. The blood runs thick and the family is only growing.

This leads to a couple of introductions. First, Equillibrium is proud to announce Cara Kruse is now our CORE Sales Representative. Founder Deb Henriksen and Cara have known each other through skateboarding for the past 15 years and counting. Cara’s experiences and training from prior jobs has groomed her perfectly for this position with Equillibrium, and at the perfect time. Besides being heavily focused on outside sales, Cara will also be guest blogging. We are very excited!

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Equillibrium CORE Classics (EQ CC)

Secondly, Equillibrium will soon be launching our new CORE Classic (EQ CC) line this August 2013. Equillibrium Core Classics (EQ CC) will be a static line, available year-round, with select pieces being added over time. This line embodies the timeless street style and energy Equillibrium represents and will be available online, at “CORE Retailers”, and in our show room in Denver, CO. This is an exciting new approach for us in ready to wear, and will reinforce our relevance in street fashion. So far, the line consists of some basic hand bags and accessories, EQ Classic prints on T’s, a “seditionary” button up, and LOTS of black denim pieces (TBA- top secret)! All sourced and manufactured the Equilibrium way, sustainably and ethically… with a heavy dose of handy work and love. There are many exciting plans for Equillibrium ahead; we’ll be keeping you posted!

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Earth Day EVERY day.

Much has happened in the week leading up to this post, and 3 out of 4 of these events show where we are as a society in 2013- which further explains where we are in policy towards protecting the intrinsic… life, all life. Protecting our living planet does just that. This blog is going to have a moment of reflection, and then move into a glimpse of a sustainable future with education, behavior change, and activating as a consumer.

I’d like to make mention, out of respect, the events and those we lost that saddened our world last week. The four lost and all injured in the Boston Marathon Bombing, the ammonium nitrate explosion in Texas, the shooting at the 4/20 event in Denver (none killed), and the avalanche taking 5 expert level back country riders in Colorado on 4/20- one of six survived … RIP and those recovering God speed.

On this day, it is apparent the work ahead being better to each other and respecting our Mother Earth. She will win, we will not, ask the the 5 experts who got caught in that slide Saturday. Environmentalists are quite misunderstood, much of this is due to the emotional displays from extremists that do more damage than good to most causes, ie. Vail Expansion Protest fires. However, the mindset of environmental issues being ” ‘their’ problem, not mine” or the whole NIMBY (“not in my back yard”) thinking must fade… the issues we are facing are ALL of our problem, and it can’t be mitigated without ALL of our actions moving toward sustainability.

Environmentalists understand interconnection, and selfishly find it frightening when the day of “not enough” is around the corner due to mismanagement, greed, arrogance, and ignorance. The sleep walk is over, time to end the denial and get to the task at hand. There are some technologies not talked about enough and give us a bright future. Like natural carbon sequestration, biofuels from cultured algae and hemp seed oil in addition to food industry waste oil as a means to offset carbon in the air. Also green building to lessen our strain on the grid through efficiencies in design. The integration of such technologies are some of the solutions for our current unsustainable infrastructure .

Some coverage was given to “being green” today for Earth Day on the news: living walls, “green products”.  As a consumer,brand loyalty to the pioneers living it is crucial to a growing movement. It was nice to hear the exposure, and see commercials promoting changes in consumer mindset to our benefit- like the Glad “one bag” campaign. Just have to wonder what took so long to get on board, and why is it only on Earth Day it gets aired? One thing is undeniable, the synergy and intrinsic pay offs for sustainable choices and practices like consuming only what you need, captured or cultured over mining, drilling, and hydraulic fracturing as a means to obtain resources are beyond measure.

The long term monetary savings are only one benefit…

If you would like to further explore causes to get involved with here are some highly recommended organizations to get behind and get things done: Earth Justice, Natural Resource Defense Council, NRDC Biogems, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, Sea Shepherd, 350.org

EQ will be making its rounds this Holiday Season!

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The Equillibrium Goat Series is made from 100% upcycled hides, no animals are ever harmed for our products.

In the past week we are booked for Holiday Trunk Shows and Markets (since most products are made in house & small batch we will not be doing more than 4), … here’s a look at some of Equillibrium’s treasures and wears we will be peddling…

There will be further announcements with more specifics closer to the dates… so far we will be in Old Town Arvada for SBS Nov.24th (at Lovely Boutique), in Golden on Sat. Dec.8th,

and at Mona Lucero’s Holiday Market on Dec. 15th. We are also thinking about a Holiday Party and Sale at our Show Room in Denver…. ???

Shop Local this Holiday Season!!!!

Equillibrium’s Top 10 List for Giving!

Well, this may have some lists within the list, but hope it helps stimulate money well spent. Equillibrium’s TOP 10 List of Giving are:

1.Shop Local Retailers!!!! Here are a few in the Denver/Metro Area…  Boutiques:

Board Shops:

2. Philanthropy for a good cause, gifted in the recipient’s name. Some causes to highlight are: Humanitarian (Natural Disaster Victims, War Victims, Homeless, Addicts, etc.), Endangered Species (wolves, bears- esp. Polar Bear, raptors, whales, sharks, etc.), Environment (clean air, clean water, EPA regulation, Corporate responsibility)  Here are some  accomplished, accredited, and WORTHY organizations to support:

3. Etsy: Here’s some of Denver’s Talent up on Etsy!

4.  Support Companies you know are socaially and environmentally responsible!

5. Gift Certificate to a local, independent restaurant!

6. Gift Certificate with a local tattoo artist!

7. Music from a local, independent band!

8. Shop Vintage! If in Denver, hit South Broadway!!

9.  Need to be thrifty? Go see what’s at a local Thrift Store, you never know…

10. Give something handmade by YOUR hands! Can be food, apparel, ornaments, whatever!

Hope you receive equal to what you give! Happy shopping and warmest Holiday wishes from Equillibrium!!!!!