It’s here! The Gowanus Grand Prix 2013 Video

February 27, 2013 in Appaman News, NYC

You may have seen the event photos already (click the link if you haven’t), but we just got our hands on the official video from the 2nd Annual Appaman Gowanus Grand Prix.

Check it out!

Appaman in the news

February 27, 2013 in In the news, Press

Appaman’s spring 2013 collection has hit the ground running, and we’re thrilled to see such a positive response.

Check out the newest Appaman love, in press and in the blogosphere:

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  • Lots of love to Pop Street Kidz for this lovely review of our newest collection!
  • Boys Be Cool did an awesome preview of the Spring ’13 collection, and made lots of great outfit suggestions.
  • LilSugar says, “The ’80s are back big time in the world of Appaman!” Got that right.
  • The Masked Bunny Grammercy Tee (available here) made it into the March ’13 issue of Parenting magazine. Such lovely styling, don’t you think?

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New Yorkers: Need a Great Winter Activity? Try Hiho Batik!

February 18, 2013 in NYC

It’s President’s Day, and you know what that means…NO SCHOOL! Heck yes! If you’re in NYC, we know you’ll be looking for something to do with the family on your day off, and we have one recommendation that is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults: batik, the ancient method of using wax and dye to create images on fabric.

We can’t say enough great things about Hiho Batik, a retail shop and art studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where can you shop from Hiho’s own line of beautiful, bright, one-of-a-kind batik clothing for kids and adults, or you can get hands-on and make your own creation on the spot. It’s like tie dying and painting your own pottery joined forces for the ultimate DIY experience that’s great for practically all ages and skill levels.

In fact, Appaman loves Hiho so much that  we went there for our own staff appreciation party…sans kids! (We weren’t kidding about the “all ages” thing.) What made our experience so great is how Hiho owner Julia Silver Gordon has broken down a potentially complicated and messy process into something anyone can do with great results.

Here’s how our trip went:

Here's the Appaman staff, off to Brooklyn

Here’s the Appaman staff, off to Brooklyn

Julia explains the process

Julia explains the process of transferring our sketches to fabric using the wax pens

 

The heated wax "pens" you use to draw your design on fabric.

The heated wax “pens” you use to draw your design on fabric.

Lynn and Stephanie are almost ready to start the dying process.

With their wax applied, Lynn and Stephanie are almost ready to start the dying process.

 

Summer, Alyssa, and Susan hard at work.

Summer, Alyssa, and Susan hard at work, tracing at the light table.

 

After coloring in the details with dye, we left the goods with Hiho to finish the process. They sent them to us, and here are the results!

After coloring in the details with dye, we left the goods with Hiho to finish the process. They sent them to us, and here are the results!

 

We love you, too!

We love you, too!

2nd Annual Gowanus Grand Prix 2013

February 13, 2013 in Appaman News, NYC

Another year, another great time had by Appaman and friends at the Second Annual Gowanus Grand Prix. This year, 20 slot car racing teams competed in the tournament, headed by none other than Appaman co-founder (and all around awesome guy),  Trackmaster Harald Husum. All proceeds from the event went to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, and thanks to our sponsors, Halyard’s Bar (for the cool and friendly venue), Izze (for tasty beverages), Skinny Pop (for awesome healthy snacks), Whole Foods (for delicious sandwiches), and Tattly (for THE best temporary tattoos we’ve ever seen), the event was a huge success! Another thanks to our friends and fans for coming out to Brooklyn on a chilly Sunday morning and bringing the fun. We couldn’t have done it without your great attitudes, generosity, and (lest we forget) your mad racing skills.

We’re already excited for next year! Scroll down to see photos from the event (click to enlarge).

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Congrats to the winning team, the Grossman Boys! It was a tight race, but they triumphed. 

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More images after the jump…

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Watch Now: The Spring/Summer ’13 Video is Here!

February 8, 2013 in Appaman News, New This Season

Get ready, Appaman fans! Our Spring/Summer 2013 collection is already arriving in stores, and soon you’ll be able to get it right here on Appaman.com. As always, we’ve got a special treat, a super fun behind-the-scenes video (with super catchy original music by Boots) where you get to see some awesome boys and girls in our awesome new threads, demonstrating how they look “in action.”

This video was shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a neighborhood near and dear to our hearts that was hit hard last year by Hurricane Sandy. Watching this clip gives of lots of happy memories of good times in BK, and we hope you have as as much fun watching it as we did making it!

Though if you watch it with your kids, you might have to explain what boomboxes and cassette tapes are first. Ah, youth.

Appaman Spring Summer 2013 from Appaman on Vimeo.

And a thanks goes to Alyssa, who can include choreography among her list of many talents.

Some of our favorite looks (click images to enlarge):

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Introducing…Erica!

February 1, 2013 in Appaman News, Uncategorized

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This summer the Appaman team was pleased to bring on board our very own ray of California sunshine, Erica Atkins! With her killer vintage style, magnetic personality, and affinity for Appaman HQ’s fave TV series Downton Abbey, Erica and her West Coast charm help make our office a great place to be. Erica brought in her past children’s industry expertise to work with our major wholesale accounts, and she is the logistical mastermind behind getting Appaman’s goods organized and shipped to department stores and other large retailers around the country…which, as industry folks know, is quite a task.

So, this post is long overdue, but nevertheless, we wish a very warm welcome to Erica, a wonderful addition to our staff.