Appaman’s Official Guide to New York’s Best Burgers

February 16, 2018 in New This Season, NYC

Here at Appaman, we are a huge fan of burgers. It’s no secret – check out the burger patterns that feature in our new Spring 18 collection!

To celebrate our favorite food, we asked everyone in the office for their favorite New York burger joints – and the response was overwhelming. Check out the list below – and comment with your favorites!

 

Paul’s Da Burger Joint – Piper (Head of Marketing)

@PauldsdaBurgerjoint

“Ugh where do I start…the really soft potato buns, juicy burgers, melted cheese, shoestring fries. It’s a total neighborhood hole-in-the-wall joint in the East Village.” 

 

The Harold and Rare Bar  – Stephanie (Head of Showroom)

” I just had one of my fave burgers last night at the Harold! Hard to pinpoint why, but it’s just a great burger! I also love The Rare Bar (several locations here in NYC), they just know how to do a burger right, and so many different combo’s, flavors.. and the bonus is the french fry trio platter!!” 

 

Cinnamon Snail – Val (Designer)

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“I love Cinnamon Snails Beast Mode Burger #tokenvegan.  Cinnamon snail used to only be a food truck, but now they have a spot in the Pennsy right down the street! yay! “

 

Bar Sardine and Raoul’s – Jenna (finance)

“Delicious pickles and shoestring fries on the burger! Raoul’s does a French spin on a burger, served with au poivre sauce (available at brunch only, and very $$$).” 

 

Pizza Loves Emily – Lynn (owner)

@pizzalovesemily

“I know says it’s a pizza joint but omg that burger oh and the pizza. The pretzel bun is amazing…onions, cheddar, a sauce that they don’t even tell you what it is…SUCH an amazing combo!” 

 

The Spotted Pig and The Dutch – Katie (E-Commerce)

“I love the burger at The Spotted Pig!  It was one of the earlier restaurants to start the gastropub/fancy burger craze and it is amazing. Comes with just the right amount of roquefort cheese and has rosemary shoestring fries on the side. I don’t know if the waits for dinner are as long as they used to be, but go for lunch and you won’t have to wait so long! One I saw Mike Myers there! The other burger that made me stop and go “this might be one of the best burgers I’ve ever had” was at The Dutch.  They’re known for their fried chicken, but I was literally thinking about that burger for days.”

Corner Bistro (2 votes)

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“An important burger joint that should not be overlooked is Corner Bistro.  Old school, no frills, comes on a paper plate. It’s not gourmet like some of the others that will be recommended, but it’s a longstanding Manhattan staple.” 

 

Mayfield  – Dorothy (Showroom Assistant)

“Mayfield in Brooklyn actually has a burger I crave from time to time! It’s an amazing, must-have burger..and they have delicious sweet and tangy pickles too.” 

 

Shake Shack  (Party Hat, office CEO)

“I’ll basically eat anything because I’m a dog, but I like Shake Shack especially because they do a Pooch-ini which is a bag of delicious biscuits made especially for dogs! I still always try and get some of my human’s burgers though….”

 

Hungry yet? Shop the new collection here.

Behind the Scenes: A Day at Rock-Rock-Rockaway Beach

February 8, 2018 in Appaman News, NYC

Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach.
– The Ramones “Rockaway Beach”

For Appaman’s Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, we headed out to one of our favorite local getaways: Rockaway Beach, Queens. Since the earliest days of Appaman, we have drawn our inspiration from the spirit and style of our hometown of New York City, so whenever we can, we love to do our photoshoots “on location” in the places that inspire them.

Most people wouldn’t consider New York to be much of a beach town, but like it says in the Ramones song, the sandy coast of Rockaway Beach is never far away. With just a quick swipe of the MetroCard, you can hop on the subway and emerge at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, pop open your umbrella, and go for a surf or swim without ever leaving New York City limits.

Here’s a look behind the scenes of our day in the Rockaways:

 

The beach wasn’t officially open for the summer yet, so we had the place pretty much all to ourselves.

 

All hands on deck! Appaman co-founder/boss lady Lynn is ready for anything with a collection of accessories and props.

 

As they waited for their turn in front of the cameras, Cornelius and our other models had fun hunting around for shells, rocks, sealife, and other treasures.

 

Horseshoe crab!

 

A shoeless model hitches a ride onto girls’ designer Val so she can change into her next look.

 

So it’s possible that we weren’t technically allowed to use this lifeguard stand, but we managed to sneak in a few quick pics before anyone spotted us.

 

Remember how we said we had the place all to ourselves? We were also on a dead end street, so there were hardly any other people around. So, you could imagine our surprise when, in a magical and serendipitous moment, just when our models seemed to be itching for a break, we heard the jingle of an ice cream truck coming our way! We couldn’t believe our luck and knew we couldn’t miss the moment, so we bought ice cream for all our models and started snapping away.

 

Not long after, it was time to relax. After a long, busy day of shooting, Team Appaman kicked back with late taco lunch at Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

 

Let’s talk: Swim Shorts!

January 26, 2018 in Appaman Style

Here at Appaman we figure it’s always summer somewhere, which is why we are so excited about our brand new Resort 2018 collection. Featuring hard-wearing, versatile fabrics, bold prints and classic styles, these pieces are perfect for a summer escape or to stock up for spring.

 

Shorts are the staple of any boy’s summer closet, so here we break down our three boys swim offerings in Resort 2018:

HYBRID SHORTS 

These sharp looking shorts are of the land and of the sea. They have four pockets, belt loops, a zip fly with snap closure, an adjustable inner waistband. They’re also are made from quick-dry board short material, so you can wear ’em to swim or to lunch. They are the tailored short you know and love in a swim-friendly fabric, so they are sure to be a summer favorite. Pair the Hybrid Shorts with our rash guard tops for protection from the sun and surf, or with our Playa Shirt for a more structured, dressed-up look.

MID-LENGTH SWIM TRUNKS

New length! By popular request, we designed a classic fit swim short to add to our line. The Mid Length Swim Trunks hit above the knee (shorter than our classic swim trunk) and are perfect for splashing in the surf and playing on the sand. They feature an elastic waist with soft mesh brief lining and a back flap pocket (for storing shells and pirate treasure, obviously). Pick from a super cool seashell print or the bold Teal Dot print (we can’t pick a favorite).

The options are a-plenty with these bright, lightweight super soft swim shorts. Mix-and-match with your favorite rash guard. Two rear pockets, elastic waistband in rear panel, faux drawcord. Inner mesh underwear.

SWIM TRUNKS

Our best-selling bright, lightweight super soft swim shorts are BACK in four incredible prints. Feeling beachy?  Blue Beach print. Feeling brave? Hammer Time is the print for you. Dreaming of looting pirate treasure on a tropical island? Neotropics. Obsessed with low-key cool graphics? Toucan Grey is your guy.  Mix and match with your favorite rash guard for protection from the sun and surf. The Swim Trunks feature rear pockets, an elastic waistband in the rear panel, faux drawstring and inner mesh underwear.

This is a limited edition collection – snap it up while stocks last!

Shop the resort collection now.

Meet the team: Party Hat!

January 19, 2018 in Appaman News, Featured

We were lucky enough to catch up with Appaman’s Chief Executive Woof, Party Hat, between meetings and conference calls today. We chatted over beef jerky in his brand new office bed (“A Christmas gift from the other staff,” he tells me through mouthfuls of beef).

So, Party Hat – you’ve been with the Company from the beginning. What has it been like seeing Appaman grow?

At the start it was just me and my mum and dad which was cool, but now there are loads more staff which is good for me, because it’s loads more people to give me pats and treats. My FAVORITE part of the day is coming into the office with Mum and Dad and saying hi to everyone. I do a lap of the room and greet everyone, then I usually chase a ball around then sleep. It’s pretty chill.

How would you describe your role in the company?

As the Chief Executive Woof my main role is office morale. I literally can’t use a computer or read or write so I can’t help with the day-to-day running of the company, but I trot around and sleep on people’s feet and generally create a sense of peace and joy wherever I go. One of my favorite people in the office, Katie, has taught me to do tricks. I can do sit, stay, lay down, roll over, play dead (Katie says “Party’s over” for this), and shake paws. I can pick which hand has a treat in it, walk in a circle, OH and I can also boop (“it’s targeting, its way more advanced than a boop,” interjects Katie,  “he can follow my hand with his nose.”).

I am also Office Protector – the UPS guy comes every day and I make sure he knows who’s boss (it’s me; I’m the boss).

You have such a busy schedule! What do you do in your downtime? 

I pretty much sleep and play ball. I hang out with my 2 human sisters, sniff for food and bark at cats. I love chilling with my family when they are all home – they are the best. They drop food a lot so that’s good. Snacks galore.

What does 2018 have in store for you?

Sleeping, playing ball, and hopefully learning some new tricks with Katie. I hope to get a lot of treats for being a good boy. I also hate getting hair cuts so I’m hoping for a haircut-free year.

Life’s a beach

January 16, 2018 in Appaman Style

Did you know…

All of our rash guards and girls swimsuits have 50+ UPF protection. So suit up and stay safe while having fun in the sun.

 

 

 

 

Winter Getaway

December 29, 2017 in Appaman Style, DIY, Mom Hacks

It’s time to escape the cold, but planning a trip with mini humans isn’t always easy. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to help make for easy packing.

 

Have any great tips?  Add in the comments below. And if you’re still looking for kid’s vacay essentials, check out our latest Resort Collection.

Happy holidays from Appaman!

December 20, 2017 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Holiday Style

It’s festive season and here at Appaman we love nothing more than ugly holiday sweaters and holiday tunes. Here is an EXCLUSIVE look at our cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” (complete with choreography, of course). Happy holidays from all of us here at Appaman HQ!

 

Stocking Stuffers

December 19, 2017 in Appaman Style, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks

It’s that time of year again: sitting by the fire, watching the snow (at least here in New York), and of course, Christmas shopping. Luckily we’ve got your covered for stocking stuffers – our cozy, fun and durable accessories are the perfect treat for Christmas morning.

 

We have a great range of boy’s hats, from the super laid-back Rocky Hat, to the fun and furry Benji Hat. They are all lined, extremely cozy, and come in a whole bunch of super cool colors that work in perfectly with our boy’s clothing.

 

Our super cool girl’s hat collection features bold colors and buttery-soft knits perfect for keeping heads warm on freezing days. Whether you’re a fan of the purr-fect Kat Hat , or the cute-as-a-button Krista hat (did someone say HUGE pompom?), there’s something for every one to open on Christmas morning.

 

We also have limited-edition gloves, scarves and earmuffs in cosy knits to keep the cold away – shop the whole accessories collection here.

 

Happy holidays!

 

 

It’s Summer Somewhere

December 18, 2017 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Featured, Holiday Style, New This Season, NYC

Sick of winter already? Meet Appaman’s Resort 2018 collection.

This stunning capsule collection brings all-American vacation vibes to summer-in-the-city style. Tropical patterns and street-mural inspired graphics showcase a palette of rich, whimsical rainbow tones and celebrates the spirit of a cross-country adventure.

Perfect for an escape to warmer temperatures, our Boys collection features swim trunks in bold tropical prints, and hard-wearing rash guards that provide protection from the sun, surf and sand. Our best-selling cotton Graphic Tee is back in three limited-edition prints, as are our classic camp shorts (check out the super cool Shorts in Pineapple!).

Our exclusive Girls Collection features four bold, versatile swim suits (think Pineapples and Sea Unicorns), a rainbow Surf Short, and of course a super cute  tee. One of our favorites is our new Thalia Dress, a soft, versatile dress perfect for dressing up or throwing on over swimwear at the beach.

 

While it may be chilly here in New York, our new Resort 2018 collection has us dreaming of sandy beaches, blue skies and clear water.

Shop Appman’s Resort 2018 Collection here.

 

Inside Appaman HQ: Meet Our Production Guru!

November 15, 2017 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Featured, In the news, Uncategorized

Last week, we caught up with Abby, our production guru!  She’s the one who ensures your little one’s clothes fit comfortably and move when they move.  Read on to see how the magic happens. 

So what is it exactly that you do? Tell us about your job.

I think I’ve been asked this at every job that I go to. It’s complex what I do. Here at Appaman I am both the technical designer and half the production team! You can guess I am always busy. As the technical designer I work very closely with our design team and I assist in developing the structure of the design from concept to production. I work with the boys and girls designer to make their vision a success. I particularly focus on the fit of a garment, its construction, and fabric structure. All of these elements are tricky when it comes to children because of how quickly they grow and how active they are. For example, when I’m fitting a garment I always take into consideration how the body of a child moves, if a seam is too uncomfortable for them, will they wear this out on the playground? I’m basically trying to engineer a great product that a kid can feel comfortable wearing and will have a good life span.

I am also a part of the production team which means I help organize the logistics of the design. How many colors will a certain style come in? In what sizes will it be in? What are the different trims and accessories it may have? Along with the logistics of each design, the production team also makes sure that we are delivering a safe product for your child. Which means we are constantly staying up to day with safety regulations that are federally regulated. We are constantly testing the trims and fabrics so that nothing toxic or hazardous is on your child. The production team is responsible for knowing the garment inside and out, and if we ever believe we didn’t deliver a great product, we won’t hesitate in recalling an item or replacing it. Without our production team our designs wouldn’t exist, we make sure we deliver the best for your kiddo!

Where did you study or learn your craft?

My mom couldn’t afford any of the fancy dresses I always wanted to wear, but apart from that she loved sewing. I grew up watching her sew my birthday dresses and halloween costumes and since then I’ve been fasinating with how garments come together. I started sewing at such a young because I wanted to be just like mom! I think I was six years old when I first received my first toy sewing machine, I loved it! Half way through highschool I decided I no longer wanted to persue this as a passion but as a career and so I enrolled in vocational classes for design earning credit towards my college degree. I guess it started there. I received my first degree in fashion design at a two year school and wanted to continue studying it. Believe it or not I failed my first pattern making class in college, I was mortified. But I was determined to spend the rest of my life in design. Once I finished my first degree I applied to the Fashion Institute of Design, because it is one of the best schools in the world for art and design, and fashion. So I packed my bags up and moved across the country. I received two degrees there in both fashion disign and techinal design. A lot of my experience and expertise comes from working with some world renown pattern makers from Italy, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka. Both who have either worked in design houses or are the head pattern masters of huge factories who worked with large clients like Nautica and Material Girl.

What is the thing you are proudest of that you’ve made, designed or achieved?

I love walking the streets of New York and recognizing some of the designs I have worked on being worn by New Yorkers. Especially when it looks great on them, I always want to walk up to people and tell them they look amazing in something I helped bring to life. But then I remember I live in New York and would probably sound crazy if I did that.

What is the biggest challenge about your job?

Everything. There is no easy part of my job. I am one of the few people, apart from the designers, who really has to understand each product and trim inside out. It becomes very stressful. Usually, I have to get several different final approvals before telling overseas to cut and sew for bulk production, that alone is avery stressful position to be in. Especially when math is involved. There so much math that is involved in childrens wear because the way kids grow just doesns’t make any sense, there’s no equation that desides that other than it’s just the way the human body grows in the first 14 years of life but because we’re dealing with thousands of units for mass production there is little room for error. So, when the design is finally ready to be cut and sewn I need to make sure all my T’s and I’s are dotted and every step and procedure is as cleavoyant as possible.

 

Check out www.appaman.com to shop our current winter collection.