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.

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

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!

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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 !!!!


 

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Equillibrium Wolf Seditionary Print

 


 

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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