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Monday, December 31, 2012

Acanthus 2012

This has been such a fantastic year for Acanthus Apparel! We put out 9 new designs on some great new clothing styles, started the dog line and have the 1st item in our new kids line out. We also did a lot of traveling to conventions to promote Acanthus. I can't wait to see what happens in 2013! Joshua and I have a lot of great ideas! Thanks for all of your support!


Friday, December 28, 2012

Joshua's Art on Society6

Today we started a Society6 store to sell Joshua's art prints.  Along with art prints you can also purchase stationary and i phone cases.  There are 4 images up right now but we will be adding more.




Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Hoodie Dresses

I put a couple new hoodie dresses out on Etsy and at Vitae. I only made a small number of each but will make more if people love them. These hoodie dresses are so comfortable and perfect to throw on with leggings and boots.




Backless Tee's on Etsy

For all of our friends that live in warmer climates we have decided to print some of our spring/summer favorites and some new styles for Etsy. Just because we are freezing in Iowa doesn't mean everyone else shouldn't enjoy a backless tee or tank top.

We printed a new backless tee with our Sailor Girl design. It's printed in black on a heather oatmeal burnout fabric.


We also reprinted this popular Spaceman backless tee.


Both are available on Etsy right now. Tank tops coming soon!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last Minute Gifts at Vitae


Stop by Vitae Design Collective in Des Moines today from 12 to 4pm or tomorrow (Christmas Eve) from 11 to 2pm and finish up your Christmas shopping. There are many great Acanthus items to choose from and a lot of items under $25.

Acanthus Apparel scarves are cozy, stylish and affordable at only $22 each. They would make great stocking stuffers! 


Or pick up a t-shirt. There are so many designs and most are only $24!


Vitae Design Collective
400 East Locust Street Suite 4
Des Moines, IA 50309

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas 2012 Gift Ideas

You can't go wrong with an Acanthus Apparel hoodie for Christmas! Stop into Vitae or shop on Etsy. If ordering online all United States customers have until December 19th to place their order and guarantee delivery by Christmas.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Acanthus Kids

This is the beginning of something great! We are so excited to start the Acanthus Kids line.  The is the first hoodie and it's available in size 6 month through size 6.  More styles and designs will be rolling out in 2013 with the official launch and photoshoot in the Spring of 2013.

This is available at Vitae Design Collective in Des Moines and on Etsy,


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sailor Girls, Panthers and Classic Acanthus

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I've still been busy restocking and adding new items at Vitae and to Etsy. 

I love this feather and arrow design and I hadn't printed it for a while so I brought it back on some off the shoulder sweatshirts.  I think I will have to print it on some t-shirts next!


While waiting for the red hoodies to come back in stock I ran across these color block hoodies perfect for the sailor girl design.


I get a lot of requests for this black on black combo. I printed a men's 50/50 tee with the panther and a unisex hoodie with the panther. 


Another hooded scarf! This one features the bee design on the hood.


I will have more newness next week! More hooded dresses and introducing Acanthus Kids!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Vitae Holiday Window Display 2012

Here is our finished window display! It is dedicated to Furry Friends Refuge, a local no-kill animal shelter that does great things in the community.  If you bring in a donation item before Christmas you get a discount at Vitae!

So much went into this display. It was designed by a friend, Amber Hathaway. She built the faux fireplace and made a fake log that appears to be burning. The tree is filled with silver painted dog bone ornaments and has a crossbones tree topper.  We also utilized some of the amazing photos from past photoshoots. If your in town you should take a peek... there are a lot of small touches that are hard to see in the photo.

If you love our window please vote for Vitae Design Collective! We would love your in the window contest this year! 



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Promenade and Donate for a Discount

We have our window display finished and have been organizing and restocking all of the goodies at Vitae. It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas in the East Village.

This Friday is the Holiday Promenade. There are a lot of kid friendly activities as well as food and drinks for the adults in most of the stores. There is also a festive window decorating contest so be sure to cast your vote.


Since we have some great dog items at Vitae we have decided to do a dog themed holiday window.  Here's a sneak peek. I'll post the final photo this weekend.




Since we are all about the pets we chose to partner with Furry Friends Refuge this year.  Check out the details below.  What a great way to give and get some holiday shopping done at the same time!





Thursday, November 1, 2012

Koi Story: Acanthus Spotlight and Giveaway

We're starting November off with a giveaway over on the Koi Story blog, enter to win one of our bee hooded scarves. There is also a designer spotlight featuring us. We answered some questions about how Acanthus got it's start and where we get inspired. Check it out and good luck with the giveaway!



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New for Fall/Winter: Round 3

Lots more now available at Vitae and on Etsy! 









St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo 2012


The St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo is this weekend, November 2nd- 4th. Joshua still has a few openings left so email him if you want to get tattooed, joshuacbowers@hotmail.com. He will also have some liners and shaders for sale.  He's been working hard on new machines. 



At the show you can pick up some new Acanthus gear for yourself or as a holiday gift.  We will have some unisex panther hoodies, off the shoulder heart and crossbones sweatshirts, Indian scarves, heart and crossbones scarves, panther scarves, women's sailor girl t-shirts, spaceman t-shirts, bee t-shirts and eagle t-shirts. 

Stop by and say hi!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 Style Guide

Here are some of our new photos by Figment Art Photography. They were all styled by Mayim Yael and will hopefully give you some ideas on how to wear your Acanthus Apparel. Some of this is available right now at Vitae and on Etsy and the rest will be available soon. 














Photography: Figment Art Photography
Hair: Amber Hathaway
Stylist: Mayim Yael
MUA: Katie Theulen
Models: Oxana and Josh Ansah
Designers: Joshua and Alyssa Bowers


Friday, October 19, 2012

New For Fall/Winter: Round 2

We listed some more fall/winter gear on Etsy yesterday. We have 2 more women's off the shoulder sweatshirts, a women's long sleeve burnout raglan, a unisex burnout baseball tee and a unisex hoodie. Lots more to come!