Happy Earth Day! Here are some awesome new ways you can help the planet

April 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

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How does your family celebrate Earth Day? Whether it’s planting trees, getting involved in local recycling projects, volunteering with animals, or learning new ways to conserve energy,  Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to reevaluate the impact we have on the planet and empower kids with tools and ideas about how they can personally make a difference, whether it’s as a family, locally in their community, or on a larger scale.

Even if you normally wouldn’t consider yourself an environmentalist, you may be surprised to discover how many different kinds of sustainability projects that may inspire you to get involved with long term.

No matter your interests, talents, or passions, there’s bound to be something that gets you excited to pitch in.

To help you channel your Earth Day enthusiasm into some year-round momentum, we’ve put together a list of a few super cool projects and organizations to help you start thinking outside the box and get involved in something awesome that also benefits the planet.

1) Shark Guardian

Marine conservation isn’t just for the “cute” animals. Thanks to the popularity of a little movie called Jaws, you may think of sharks as big, scary, human-hungry predators. In reality, humans are a much bigger threat to humans than they are to us. This shark and marine conservation group works to dispel those nasty rumors, educating kids and adults about the misconceptions about sharks and important role they play in marine ecosystems. Kids can even download a presentation to share with their class. Are you and your family recreational scuba diver? Shark Guardian partners with dive shops around the world to gather data about shark sightings (or lack therof) to help with research and statistics that are used to promote marine conservation programs. That means you — yes, YOU — get to be a shark researcher!

2) Planet Bee

Did you know that one in every three bites you take is made possible by bees? Gardening isn’t just about the plants.  In 2016 we lost 44% of managed beehives. Honeybees are a vital part of our ecosystem, and populations are dropping by the billions  in recent years. The Planet Bee Foundation is dedicated to working with schools, nonprofits,  summer camps, businesses, and community gardens to help inspire kids and adults to be involved in bee conservation. There are kinds of ways you can get involved, through the ZomBee Watch Project, having a “Bee-Day” party, or, if you are an adult, corporate beekeeping! Why chat around the water cooler when you could chat around the bee hive?

3) Materials for the Arts

Are you an artistic type that likes to reduce, reuse, and recycle? If so, you should know about MFTA, a nonprofit organization run by New York City that accepts excess materials from businesses and individuals and redistributes it to eligible arts groups, nonprofits, and schools. With all of the design-focused businesses in New York, the MTFA warehouse is chock full of an ever-changing supply of top-notch goods from industries of all kinds. You never know what you’re going to get! Want to get involved? See if your group is eligible to “shop” the MFTA warehouse, sign up for a workshop, volunteer to help with operations, or donate your excess goods so a local arts group can make something new.

Spring 2017 Collection Suiting Guide

March 25, 2017 in Appaman Style

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We know that choosing the right suit for the occasion can be overwhelming. With so many styles, colors and fabrics, how do you know which is best? We broke down the Appaman 2017 Fine Tailoring Collection to offer some style tips and detailed descriptions of our spring and summer Mod Suits. Happy shopping!

 

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Linen and linen blend suits are perfect for adding a laid-back, summery vibe to your look while still being appropriate for formal occasions. This classic warm weather fabric has a looser weave than other styles, allowing air to flow for a cool, comfortable fit. The matte (no shine) finish gives it the textured look of natural fibers. Available in Fog (100% linen) or Dusty Blue (linen blend).

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Cotton suits are as comfortable as your favorite chinos. Cool, lightweight twill has a tight, flat weave with a matte finish and a comfortable fit. Ours comes in red, which is an awesome way to make a statement while keeping it casual. This is a great suit to re-style with your favorite old-school sneakers, and it’s versatile enough to pull into your early fall wardrobe. Looks great with black, white, and light blue.

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This suit is formal, the pattern is traditional, but the look is far from stuffy. When styled with bright colors or pastel patterns, it takes a decidedly fashion-forward look. Prince of Wales, commonly known as Glen Plaid, is a box-like pattern consisting of light and dark contrasting fine lines, that is iconic enough to have been a regular featured as part of the James Bond wardrobe throughout the years. Our version incorporates blue and grey for a great spring-friendly look that’s sophisticated yet youthful.

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We love the subtle elegance of the delicate Bengal Stripe: a crisp, lightweight cotton blend material woven with a narrow blue and white stripe pattern. Up close, it resembles seersucker, but with a much finer stripe. From a few steps back, it’s a gentle powder blue with a hint of texture. It’s a great option for a summertime formal occasion, so we made ours with shorts instead of pants. Looks great with a bow tie and a crisp white shirt.

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For maximum versatility in spring & summer suiting, try a seasonal solid blue. The Mod Suit in Deep Cobalt (available with shorts or pants) is lighter and brighter than a traditional formal navy suit and is made from a matte finish breathable material that’s not much heavier than shirting fabric. Cobalt is one of our most popular choices this season and looks fantastic with almost any bold, bright pattern, soft pastel, or contrasting accessory.

Those who like our traditional mid/light weight semi-shine suiting will love the super sharp Mod Suit in Cool Blue. It’s a great choice for extra-special events like spring holidays (try a pastel tie for Easter photos) or weddings. Ringbearer suit, anyone?

Ready to shop Appaman Fine Tailoring? Click here to view the collection

 

A note from our founders: Support the Malala Fund for International Women’s Day

March 7, 2017 in Appaman News

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Wednesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.  At Appaman, it’s a chance to acknowledge the incredible contributions of women specifically in business and the workforce, because as a 95% female team, we feel the weight of this every day.

We work hard, we multitask, we support our fellow colleagues, and we share and celebrate the exciting moments together, including everything from professional or personal successes to internet-breaking news about Beyoncé’s legendary twin pregnancy announcement.

During a recent office meeting, we discussed International Women’s Day, the many events being held this Wednesday around the country and in our own city, and the implications on our staff. We decided that if a team member has an event, a project, a march or an experience they want to have on this day, we would not stop them and the work could wait.

The office will remain open, and to honor this day, we are donating 20% of all Appaman.com sales made through Friday, March 10th to the Malala Fund.

It’s estimated that worldwide, over 30 million primary school-aged girls are out of school, and 98 million will not complete their secondary education. The Malala Fund has a mission to help girls complete 12 years of safe, quality education. This is a cause that Appaman is proud to support.

We have two daughters that don’t want for anything.  As parents, it is a challenge and an important goal to help them understand how privileged they are to have food on the table, clothes on their backs, and, most importantly, the opportunity to attend school.

We hope that you will join us in supporting this cause.

If you are interested in contributing to the Malala Fund through your Appaman.com order, please be sure to place it by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017.
For information about the Malala Fund, including more opportunities to give support, please visit www.malala.org.

Regards,

Lynn and Harald Husum
Appaman Co-founders

Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund. author, human rights & education advocate, and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund. author, human rights & education advocate, and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.

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Need a friend? Print your own foldable Appaman monkey

February 24, 2017 in Appaman News, DIY, In the news

Never be lonely again with the all new Appaman Foldable Monkey!

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Story time!

You may remember that Appaman, Inc. was inspired by and named after the childhood companion of our founder, Harald Husum. When Harald was a kid growing up in Norway, he had a stuffed corduroy monkey named Appaman (“monkey man” in Norwegian) who accompanied him on many fantastic adventures through the fields and fjords. The original Appaman now lives at Appaman HQ in NYC, and while he doesn’t go on as many adventures as he used to, he continues to inspire us, reminding us of the spirit of adventure and imagination of those youthful times.

Now, you can make your very own Appaman to accompany you on your adventures, wherever they may take you. And…it’s free! All you need is a printer, scissors, and either tape or glue. Download and print the PDF from appaman.com/foldable, cut out, and assemble your 3-D papercraft Appaman figure according to the included instructions. (Hey kids: Go wrangle yourself an adult to help with some of the trickier cuts, especially if you print it on heavy paper)

For a limited time we’re including one paper foldable, pre-printed in full color on glossy cardstock, in every Appaman.com order. This special thank you gift for our customers is ready for you to cut, fold, glue, and — most importantly — play with!

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us! We’d love to document all the shenanigans that Appaman is getting into all over the world. Take a photo of your paper Appaman, post it on Instagram, tag us (@appaman) and hashtag your photo #appamanfoldable. Be sure to tell us where he is!

Check out this video and watch a paper Appaman come to life:

Click here to download PDF

 

Happy Valentine’s Day, love Appaman

February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Much love, friends. Love, Appaman HQ

Lots of love from the mean streets of NYC

Sending love from the mean streets of NYC

Spring Style Preview

January 26, 2017 in Appaman News, Featured, New This Season

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It’s still winter here in NYC, home of Appaman HQ, but all this talk of swimsuits and tropical vacations has us itching for warm weather and spring fashion. We are excited to treat our fans to a sneak peek of some of the new looks that are on the way.

Can you blame us? Every season, Appaman co-founders Lynn & Harald work step by step with our awesome designers with the goal of creating great looking, comfortable clothing that kids will feel their best in. This season, we experimented with some new styles and bold colors, collaborated with some fantastic illustrators for our artist-designed prints, and carefully refined the fit of some of the returning best sellers. We think you’ll love the result. From our soft, premium cotton signature graphic tees, slouchy cozy sweats, to our fan-favorite Fine Tailoring collection, there’s something special for every kid.

Take a look at some of our Spring 2017 favorites (after the jump):

Want to be the first to find out when the new collection launches? Sign up for our newsletter on the Appaman.com home page.

 

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Introducing Resort 2017

January 26, 2017 in Appaman News, Featured, New This Season

Appaman is thrilled to announce the launch of our newest seasonal collection: Resort 2017, now available on Appaman.com.

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We channeled tropical vibes to bring you a selection of swimwear, cover-ups, tops, and shorts that are bold, bright, and ready for adventure, to take you from the sand to the surf.

 

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Shop the collection now on Appaman.com.

 

Jacob Tremblay Previews Resort Collection 2017

January 15, 2017 in Appaman Style, New This Season, Star Style

One of Appaman’s favorite showbiz kids is at it again — rocking Appaman style and having fun doing it. Check actor Jacob Trembley’s Instagram for a preview of some great new arrivals you’ll soon see in our Resort 2017 collection, including the Long Sleeve Rash Guard, Swim Trunks, and Anchor Tee. (We think the captain’s hat is some A+ accessorizing.) This time, he’s joined by his equally as cute sister, Emma, hitting the surf in her Maui Rash Guard Set.

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A Kardashian Christmas in Appaman

January 4, 2017 in Appaman News, Holiday Style, Star Style

We love seeing kids wearing Appaman for the holidays. Kourtney Kardashian shared these great photos of her son, Reign, wearing his Appaman Mod Suit at the Kardashian-Jenner annual Christmas party.

Check out our Instagram account for more photos of Appaman fans in holiday ensembles. Share yours with us by tagging @appaman or #appaman.

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Happy Holidays From Team Appaman!

December 21, 2016 in Appaman News, NYC

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Wishing a very happy holiday to you and yours.

Love,

Your friends at Appaman

As a bonus, here’s the entire Appaman staff singing a little “Jingle” we recorded at our office, just for you, complete with dishware percussion!

Happy Holidays from Appaman HQ from Appaman on Vimeo.