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LOVE  is  LOVE

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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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Stronghold Society’s 2015 One Gathering and Equillibrium’s 3rd Annual Amber Cangilose Memorial Jam

All set up, and ready to celebrate Life, Passion, and Amber!
… let the fun begin!
Lenore Sparks, ripping in the “spine” (aka “handicap”) Bowl- Amber, and our, FAVORITE bowl at D-park… where the ACMJ is held every year with the One Gathering!
Girls on deck (L to R): Julz Lynn, Chelsea McCabe, and Lenore Sparks
Above and below (L to R): ?, Lenore Sparks (2nd PL), Julz Lynn (1st PL), Bill Danforth (American Nomad), Nicole Noller (3rd PL), Walt Pourier (Stronghold Society and One Gathering)
Pine Ridge Reservation Crew, drove out for the One Gathering!! Up front is Emily Earring, luv that Girl!
Love U Amber! All for you, and for us to feel you near!!! There were smiles for miles everywhere from the butterfly kisses you touched us all with in your love and light for life…
Already looking forward to next year!

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…

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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!

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

Equillibrium is a Gift that Shines…

WhoMadeMyClothes2015Loosing your passion seems to be a natural cycle in life, especially for creatives and entrepreneurs in the Fashion Industry. We hit unforeseen obstacles, often don’t get paid our worth, and therefore don’t live up to our own expectations much of the time. These are challenging times, with more competition than ever coming out of the wood work… and everyone deserves a chance to live out their dreams and passions just as you do. So how do you create the distance needed to not feel encroached upon, or get a bad attitude when others are more “inspired by you” for their own projects rather than “$upporting you” for what you created? This is a reality Equillibrium has felt since it was born, and is not easy to handle at times. We want you to know we are a real brand that faces real struggles and has real love and passion for all we do in fashion, lifestyle, and advocacy. Equillibrium is a gift to consumers, especially in today’s market. We accept the  responsibility to keep our passion alive, and we choose to see “inspiration” from what we do as an affirmation we are doing something right!

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We know deep in our CORE, Equillibrium is unique and so is our offering. Though painful at times, when targeted as a threat or not fully embraced/ included in events we know we had to be consciously disregarded from, we consider the source. We must question how it serves us to be associated, and perhaps decide it is time to walk away if actions do not align with words… we have control over what we choose to pay attention to. We will never allow anyone’s ego make us feel small, for that is not where we come from, we are LOVE. A constant evaluation and cleansing of what we allow in our world to move toward the bigger picture is the driving force that pushes us on.

Recently, a financial set back we faced had to do with a Copyright protected thumbnail image innocently used in one of our blog posts back in October 2013. We cannot get specific due to the confidentiality agreement we signed in a settlement, but it was an expensive lesson on “free images” from the web. Here is a website that can give you an idea of the litigation we went through in the past month to reach a settlement: Extortion Letter Information. Legalized Extortion and Corporate Bullying is real and can happen to anyone. So beware and don’t let it happen to you or your business. A website to check image use online is Tin Eye…. we found the sight a bit confusing, and we now have a policy of only using our own original images to avoid this occurrence from ever happening again.

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There are so many challenges in running your own brand and business, allowing others to bully and hold you down is not an option. Burning bridges is not something we advise, as you never know when you need to cross them again. However, some bridges are damaged and not the best route to take. We would like you to know we LOVE you! We could not exist with out the love and support we have from everyone who believes in Equillibrium as a brand and lifestyle! We have so much to offer, and will continue to persevere through the challenges that make us stronger in the end. When you are a bright light, there will always eyes that want it dimmed. Equillibrium will always shine bright, so don’t forget your shades. In the battle against darkness, Equillibrium is a force to be reckoned with! We have exciting events coming up in June and July from our CORE SK8 roots we will be filling you in on the next blog! Stay tuned, so much more to come!!

Equillibrium’s 2014 in review, thank you!

WordPress.com prepared a 2014 annual report for Equillibrium’s blog that gave interesting insight we’d like to share with YOU! Thank you for following us, $upporting us, and engaging in activism when called. We celebrate you with all our successes from 2014!!! Collectively, consumers can change the world by voting with their dollars and rewarding good ethics, responsibility, sustainability, and craftsmanship whenever possible with purchases. Here’s to more prosperity in 2015, with broader reach and influence for the better good through fashion. WE LOVE U, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

LIVE IT, LOVE IT, WEAR IT! EQ 4 LIFE!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 610 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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!”

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