The Appaman Buyer’s Guide to Kids Winter Coats

November 11, 2015 in Appaman Style

The Best Winter Coats Kids | Appaman

While the real cold weather is still a few weeks away, many of you are probably still playing the layering game. And while we’re huge fans of layering a vest over a hoodie over a t-shirt, which not only looks super-cool, but lets you maximize your fall closet, it’s now time to spring for a full-on winter coat for the kids. The last thing you want to do is wakeup to an early December snowstorm and kick yourself for not ordering your child’s winter coat yet. But which winter coat to buy? Part of it depends on where you live. City or country? North or South? We helped break kids winter coats down so you can choose the best winter jacket for your brood. Oh, and did we mention we just won an Earnie for Best Children’s Outerwear.

The Scoop on Boys Winter Coats


Boys M1 Jacket Appaman

Best Boys Jacket for Late Fall/Early Winter: The M1 Jacket
With a coated canvas exterior and a quilted lining, this tough boy jacket will take him well into early December in most regions. It’s also amazing for blocking out wind and rain. Just make sure to order one or even two sizes larger than normal to allow for room if you’re going to be layering sweaters underneath. This vintage-inspired style looks great with both jeans and cords as it does with slouch sweatpants.

Boys Puffy Coat | Appaman

Best Boys Coat for Winter Outdoor Activities: The Puffy Coat
A best-selling winter coat for years, the puffy coat is both super functional and super cute.  The hood protect their heads and ears even if you’ve forgotten a hat and the comfy fit allows them to thrown snowballs, sled and make snowmen with ease.

Boys Down Parka | Appaman

Best Boys Coat for Polar Vortex: The Pratt Down Parka
This coat is our best designed defense against those ridiculously cold winter days you feel like your face is going to freeze as soon as you step outside. Outside is a water-resistant canvas shell, while inside packs some serious heat. A sherpa vest lining and down filling ensure his body will feel nice and toasty even if it the forecast calls for biting cold air.

The Scoop on Girls Winter Coats

Moto Jacket for Girls | Appaman

Best Girls Jacket for Late Fall/Early Winter: The Moto Jacket
Our Moto Jacket is a stylish kids jacket that actually keeps her protected. The faux fur trim is both chic and functional, keeping little necks nice and warm, while the lightly quilted lining provides a nice layer into early winter. This cool motorcycle-inspired coat is a perfect jacket for the spring season, too.

Appaman Girls Sparkly Puffy CoatBest Girls Coat for Winter Outdoor Activities: Girls Puffy Coat
An Appaman signature, the Puffy Coat is back for another season of winter fun!  Fully lined and filled with duck and down feathers, this winter jacket will take her far. From ice skating to sledding, she’ll love the comfort and warmth, not to mention the subtle sparkle of the Eggplant shade.

Girls Long Down Coat | Appaman

Best Girls Coat for Polar Vortex: Long Down Coat
The extra length in our Long Down Coat does double duty of keeping out the cold and looking great over dresses and skirts. With a removable faux fur hood, down fill and a zip and snap closure, she’ll look cute while still fighting the freeze.

Kids Fashion Trends Borrowed from Mom

October 28, 2015 in Appaman Style

Kids Fall Fashion Trends | Appaman

Honey I shrunk the blazer! Fall’s top fashion trends are not just for grown-ups. The best kids fashion trends take a cue from what mom’s got in her closet. From glamorous faux fur and chic motorcycle jackets to skinny jeans and chambray shirts, there are some major fashion moments happening on the playgrounds this season. Here, a look at the best mini-me girls fashion trends stolen straight from mom.

Girls Black Blazer | Appaman

The Black Tuxedo Blazer
We are loving a crisp black blazer worn over a t-shirt and jeans or paired with a pretty dress.  There’s something so classic and chic about a tuxedo blazer for girls. This is one borrowed from the boys look that should be in every little girl–and grown-up–wardrobe.

Faux Fur Vest Girls | AppamanThe Faux Fur Vest
Everyday just got a whole lot more glamorous, thanks to this brown faux fur vest. It looks effortlessly cool when casually thrown over a long-sleeve tee and jeans and it’s a no-brainer for fancier nights out.

Girls Denim Shirt Appaman

The Denim Shirt
If there’s one wardrobe item that literally goes with everything, it’s a chambray shirt. It’s the perfect layer piece over t-shirts, tank tops and even dresses. Moms and their mini-mes will live in it all year round.

Appaman Girls Jeggings

The Denim Jegging
As an all-around live-in-them pair of jeans, the skinny denim jegging is a fashion favorite. Ours are a classic 5-pocket style constructed from super-soft and comfy French terry and with a cool distressed look.

Moto Jacket for Girls | Appaman

The Moto Jacket
Fashion trends may come and go, but you’ll never tire of a classic motorcycle jacket. Invest in one that will last for more than one season and wear it in the fall and spring. We love the faux fur collar and classic styling of the Appaman Moto Jacket.

Appaman Printed Jogger Pants for Girls

The Printed Jogger Pants 
Boho chic is one trend that always looks cool. A pair of slouchy pants in a bohemian-inspired print will take her far this season. We call it off-duty glam, she’ll call them the comfiest pants ever.

Appaman Won an Earnie for Best Kids Coats!

October 20, 2015 in Appaman News


For the second year in a row, Appaman snagged a prestigious Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s Magazine for Best Outerwear (aka best kids coats and jackets). The Earnie Awards are Earnshaw’s way of recognizing the best children’s brands for their excellence in design. Earnshaw’s is an institution! For almost 100 years, they’ve remained the most influential children’s industry trade magazine. We’re honored to earn their award for best outerwear for girls and boys again.

Faux Fur Kids Coat | Appaman

The 35th annual Earnie’s award ceremony took place last night at the ENK Children’s Club in New York City with a runway show featuring some of our best kids coats. Our Faux Fur Coat in Cameo Pink sashayed down the runway in style.

Appaman Faux Fur Coat Pink

We are so proud of our 2015 Earnie Award, especially since it came from our peers. All winners of the Earnie Awards were chosen by thousands of retailers and manufacturers in the children’s industry. A huge thanks to everyone who voted for us–we are truly honored!

Boo! DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids From Appaman

October 7, 2015 in DIY, Holiday Style


DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids | Appaman

The Best DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids
Do you know what your little trick or treater is going to be for Halloween this year? We love the idea of a homemade kids Halloween costume using pieces from their wardrobe. We think of it as money well spent! Here, some of the best Halloween costume ideas for kids using pieces from Appaman’s fall clothing collection.

Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas
Break Dancer
Flashback to the ’80s with our Parker Sweats in Black. Thanks to the three zipper pockets and a stylish slouchy look, he can rock these cool sweatpants way after Halloween is over. The Uptown Denim jacket, a cool faux layered hoodie and denim look, is just at home in 2015 as it would on the streets of NYC in 1985. High top sneakers are a must-do for any legit breakdancing outfit. Add the Varsity High Tops to his Halloween look for kicks that will be super comfy and cool for trick or treating and beyond.

Tap Dancer
Tap dancer style is easy to create with some key wardrobe items she can wear all year round. The Appaman Tuxedo Blazer and Tuxedo Shorts are adorable on their own but when paired with an Appaman Logo Bow Tie, the look becomes total tap dancer.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids | Appaman

Baseball Player
With the World Series right around the corner, a baseball player Halloween costume is a home run this time of year! Batter up with our must-have Baseball Henley in Vintage Black and Gym Sweats in Strong Blue.

Fashion Editor
The devil wears Appaman this Halloween! Your little fashion dahling will look like an uber chic fashion editor in our Faux Fur Coat in Ink Blue (which was recently featured in Vogue) and a pair of our Cat Eye Sunglasses.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids | AppamanPilot
It will be wheels up on October 31st with our cool pilot-inspired clothes. Invest in our faux leather bomber jacket, the Montana Jacket along with our cozy cool Mercer Sweater in Black and he’ll be the most stylish pilot around.

Disco Diva
Paging Donna Summer! Dress your glamorous little trick or treater in our nightclub-ready Pipe Pant in Pewter along with the fabulous Faux Fur Vest and she’ll be the life of the party.

DIY Halloween Costumes from Appaman

Geeks are cool! Channel his inner Bill Gates with a few nerd-friendly wardrobe staples, including a Bow Tie, Suspenders, Saddle Shoes, Standard Shirt and Bushwick Pant in Brown Plaid.

Penny Lane
Everyone’s favorite rock band groupie makes for the perfect girls Halloween costume. Bring Penny Lane to life with our Shearling Coat  and Denim Knit Jegging.


Boos and Boys: The Best Kids Style Ideas for October

September 30, 2015 in Appaman Style

Appaman Kids Style October Fashion

October Fashion Essentials for Kids
It’s October! That means it’s time to take another look at what your kids need in their wardrobes. The air is getting chillier and winter is getting closer! Fall kids clothing is all about adding layers on top and investing in warmer pieces they can wear into winter.  From sweatpants that are anything but sloppy to slouchy hats and snuggly coats, here are the best kids style ideas for the month of October and beyond.

Olive Vest for Boys from Appaman

Invest in a Vest
Probably the best layering piece like ever, the Appaman East Side Vest in Warm Olive adds a warm outer layer to any look. We love the cool olive color for fall.

Appaman Baseball Henley

H is for Henley
Most of us think H is for Halloween this month, but think again! The Henley is the do it all fall layer for boys. The thinner fabric is perfect for wearing under a jacket or over another t-shirt. Kids love the Appaman Baseball Henley for its classic sporty look. Moms love it because it goes with everything.

Boys blazer from Appaman

Buy a Blazer
You’ll need a sharp blazer for all those times a hoodie just won’t cut it. The Appaman Techy Blazer is a workhorse of a wardrobe staple. It looks seriously sleek with jeans and a tee as it does when paired with suit pants for fancy schmancy occasions.

High Top Shoes

Give a High Five for High Tops
With his sandals stored away in the closet by now, it’s time to stock up on a pair of sturdier shoes for the fall and winter. The Varsity High Tops from our limited edition collection with Florsheim are the perfect sneaker/boot hybrid for this time of year. Plus they look super cool with both jeans and sweats.

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Fall for a Pair of Cool & Comfy Pants
He needs a comfy pair of pants he can chill out in and still wear to school. The AJ Pant is the coolest pair of lounging pants he’ll own. Made with super soft French terry, they’re tapered in ever so slightly and slouchy in all the right places. Just don’t call them sweats.

trex hat by appaman

Go for a Hat Trick
Just ask any West Coast hipster and they’ll tell you the ski hat has become a style statement all on its own. The Trex Hat in Clementine is the perfect accessory to wear when the weather starts to get chilly. We love the slouchy knit style with everything from flannels and sweaters in the fall to puffers and parkas in the winter.

Appaman Boys Suspenders

Get Suspended This Fall
The good kind of suspension that is! There’s something so cool about a pair of suspenders with a boys outfit. Whether they’re worn ska-boy style, over a long-sleeve tee shirt with high-wasted pants or traditionally with a suit and bowtie, suspenders will nail the look every time.

Dark Denim Jeans

Feel Blue
A good pair of jeans is a style must for fall and winter. Our Straight Leg Denim in Dark Wash have that perfectly worn-in look. We designed them to be soft yet sturdy (they’re made to get down and dirty) with classic 5-pocket styling. They’re simply the best boys jeans you’ll find.

Gotham Coat | Appaman

Go Undercover
You won’t have to fight him to get into his coat with our film noir-inspired Gotham Coat. He’ll feel like a stealthy detective in this rain-resistant, lightly insulated coat, perfect for fall and early winter weather.

Appaman Style Tips: How to Wear Suspenders for Kids

September 25, 2015 in Appaman Style

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Suspenders are not just for Mork and Urkel anymore! Cool kids can sport suspenders as a fun style statement and add a dose of street cred to their look. From fancy suits to a graphic tee and skinny pants, we love suspenders for their versatility and all out playfulness. The only rule is to wear them with confidence. Here, four of our favorite ways for kids to rock suspenders this fall.

Appaman Boys Suspenders

Suspenders Style Tip 1: Rockabilly Adorable
When styled with a pair of tapered chino pants and a funky long-sleeved tee, suspenders lend an alternative ska-boy look. Make sure to tuck in the tee and add a fedora and high tops for extra ska-tastic style.

Shop the look:
Spray Bernard Classic Tee
Bushwick Pants
Clementine Stripe Suspenders
Navy Blue Fedora

Appaman Boys Suspenders

Suspenders Style Tip 2: Fancy Pants
Probably the most classic way to wear suspenders is with a sleek suit and a bowtie. Whether it’s an uncle’s wedding, a cousin’s bat mitzvah or just a fancy night on the town with the grown-ups, suspenders pull a suit together with panache. Sport this stylish look and let the compliments roll in.

Shop the look:
Mod Suit
Green Check Bowtie
Standard Shirt
Chambray Suspenders

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Suspenders Style Tip 3: Downtown Prepster
We love the look of suspenders with a preppy shirt, bowtie and a pair of dressier pants. There’s something so effortlessly cool yet sophisticated about this dapper look. When the occasion calls for a more put together look sans a suit, this style statement is a sure thing.

Shop the look:
Logo Suspenders
Teal Velvet Suit Pants
Teal Velvet Bow Tie
Fedora in Grey

Appaman boys suspendersSuspenders Style Tip 4: Skater Boy Cool
How to wear suspenders to school? Try this adorable ensemble, inspired by the coolest kids we know–skaters–and he’ll rule the playground. Pair with a colorful tee and a slouchy, skinny plaid pants. Add a newsboy cap to top off the look for off-the-ramp style.

Shop the look:
Bushwick Pants in Brown Plaid
Suspenders in Clementine Stripe
Spray Bernard Classic Tee in Clementine


Win $100 from Florsheim Kids & Appaman in our Street Style Sweepstakes

August 10, 2015 in Appaman News, Featured


Introducing Appaman x Florsheim: A Heritage-Meets-Street-Style Collaboration

August 1, 2015 in Appaman News, Featured


This season, Appaman has partnered with Florsheim, a heritage shoe brand that has been dedicated to producing contemporary and classic footwear styles with high-quality workmanship for over 100 years. We’re proud to combine Appaman’s logo detailing and style with Florsheim’s longstanding commitment to quality and comfort.

Out limited edition collaboration includes three styles:

Kennett Jr: A classic lace-up saddle shoe re-envisioned with select contrasting colors for a young man who wants to stand apart from the crowd.

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Quinlan Jr: A suede chukka that can handle just about anything. These rough-n-ready boots feature no-hassle laces and are specifically crafted for growing feet.


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Varsity High Top Jr: A casual, easy to wear everyday shoe, this sporty lace-up will complement any outfit. It’s time to perfect that jump shot. Ready, set, score!

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Shop the collection now!

Summer in the City: Insider Tips from the Appaman Staff

July 10, 2015 in NYC

REJOICE! It is summer time in New York City! While many urbanites like to get out of town when the temps go up, New Yorkers know that summer in NYC is something to look forward to all year long. The sunshine seems to bring out the best in all of us, so there’s never a better time to grab your group of friends and hit up one of the many wonderful outdoor spaces, free events, or activities the city has to offer. The extra hustle and bustle (and great weather) means it’s also a great time for visitors, since there’s so many things that adults and kids alike can all enjoy


It’s no surprise that on Friday afternoons, there’s lots of chatter at Appaman HQ about how we’re all planning on spending our upcoming weekend. We love to share recommendations for great neighborhood hot spots, fun new restaurants, upcoming shows or events, the best places to take out of towners, and sometimes, where we can go to get a little peace and quiet.

So, we present, the Appaman staff’s best insider tips for a great summer in the city:

Eat And Drink

We love going to brunch and taking out of towners with us. There are tons of places in cute, walkable neighborhoods, like the West Village, which are always nice for a post-meal stroll.Try:

Jeffrey’s Grocery – 172 Waverly Place

Will says: “One of my favorite places to go eat and have some drinks is Harlem Public and it’s sister bar next door At The Wallace. Harlem Public has very diverse crowd, casual fun atmosphere with great food. Then next door, same owners, At The Wallace has giant Jenga and board games to play while you drink! Check it out!”

Harlem Public & At The Wallace
3612 Broadway

Outdoor Lunch in Manhattan

We love the outdoor market that’s open near Appaman’s showroom by Herald Square, called Urban Space/Broadway Bites. There are about 30 food stands located on Broadway, between 32nd and 34th, with a huge variety of food, from Turkish, Asian, or Mexican  to crepes and macarons, and lots of refreshing beverages (some alcoholic, some not!) They’re all from existing restaurants and bakeries around Manhattan and surrounding boroughs.

Urban Space/Broadway Bites — Broadway, between 32nd and 34th Streets

Ample Hills ice cream shop in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn is an incredible destination. The flavors are exotic and it’s all made in house.  It’s like a bespoke creamery….very Brooklyn.

Ample Hills Creamery (Prospect Heights) – 623 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn

For more sweet treats, try coffee shakes at Odd Fellows (Williamsburg), or Cronut creator Dominique Ansel’s new take on soft serve ice cream (One is flavored with burrata – an Italian cheese made from mozzarella!)

Dominique Ansel Kitchen — 137 7th Ave S.

Get Out Of Town

Sometimes the best “city” activities are not in the city at all! There are many ways to get out into nature that are easily accessible from New York.

Alyssa says: “Escape the city for a day and head to South Mountain Reservation, a a  2,110-acre nature reserve located 20 miles outside of the city between Millburn, West Orange and Maplewood New Jersey.  It offers 50 miles of hiking trails with views of New York City, a 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls, streams, fishing pond and picnic areas and open fields.
The Turtleback Zoo is also located on the property, which has animals from all over the world, a tree top adventure course for adults and kids, mini golf, and paddle boats. Also on the property is McLoon’s Boat House, a beautiful restaurant on the water.”

South Mountain Reservation – W South Orange Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Lynn says: “We love Fort Tilden Beach.  It’s gorgeous, not crowded and a wonderful place to go for a day outside the city.” Insider tip: To get to Fort Tilden, which is National Park Service property, park at Jacob Riis beach and go to the southern end. You can’t get to it by walking down the shore, but there are paths that will take you to the beach area.

City Living, Summer Style

Doing an evening BBQ down on Pier 6 in Brooklyn is a great way to spend an evening overlooking the city views, watching the sunset and exploring the incredible waterfront park. There are six piers of playgrounds, walking trails, bike paths, soccer fields and basketball courts.  It’s an incredible addition to Brooklyn and appreciated by all.

Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Katie says, “I am always impressed by the free programs available at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. BRIC Arts Media’s summer series, Celebrate Brooklyn, offers an amazing selection of concerts & performances from popular (often world renowned) artists, as well as movie screenings in the Prospect Park Bandshell, most of them for free. It’s an excellent outdoor venue (especially for the price), with great sound quality and not a bad seat in the house. People of all ages gather with picnic blankets to enjoy the evening. It would even be great for a family with young teens who want to do something cool that’s not specifically kid-focused. You can bring your own food or by snacks from vendors. Get there early though — the popular events can have extremely long lines.”

Since 1965, the New York Philharmonic has offered a handful free outdoor park performances all around New York City (including Prospect Park), allowing thousands of New Yorkers from all walks of life the chance to experience some truly spectacular, world class music, at absolutely no cost. We highly recommend taking the opportunity to see some of the best orchestras in the world perform in the beautiful, relaxed outdoor setting of NYC’s public parks. The fireworks that follow are also some of the best we’ve EVER seen. Trust us — it will be a magical evening. Tip: Sit towards the center of the audience (even if you’re far away) for the best acoustics.

Tina is moving up the ranks!

June 26, 2015 in Appaman News

It’s high time we properly welcome Tina to Appaman HQ’s official full time staff. Many of our retailers and buyers have been working with Tina since last year, when she joined Team Appaman as a part time assistant, splitting her time between our NYC showroom and Appaman HQ.  She’s a hardworking lady with a killer sense of style and a knack for quickly learning any task we send her way, so it’s no surprise that soon enough, we had to have her at 195 Chrystie Street full time.


Tina is a Brooklyn native who graduated Magna Cum Laude last May from SUNY Buffalo State with Bachelor’s degrees in Fashion Textile Technology and Business Administration. Like many of us here at HQ, she loves to read, shop and travel — if she had to pick a favorite city (other than New York, duh) it would be either Rome, Barcelona, Paris and London.  Appaman is Tina’s first “professional” job, and she says she’s loving the experience.

Welcome, Tina! Glad to have you around.