It's here! The Gowanus Grand Prix 2013 Video

December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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

December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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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Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Love 146

December 24, 2013 in Appaman News

The next charity chosen for our annual Five Weeks of Giving program is a pick from Jenna, a foundation called Love 146, which is dedicated to ending child trafficking and exploitation.

According to the organization,”Love is the foundation of our name because it is our motivating drive to end the trafficking and exploitation of children. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.’ We hold that to be true.”

Jenna says, “I was first introduced to this foundation through my church who is a big supporter of this cause. It’s something that most people do not give a second thought to as a real issue in the world. The more I work with children and spend time with my niece and nephew the more children are brought to the forefront of my mind. When I heard about this issue the thought was so appalling, and I couldn’t believe this was still a relevant problem. I am so lucky to live among family and friend who deeply love and care for their children. I wish that same love to be shown to children all around the world. This foundation is working hard to abolish the trafficking and enslavement of children through survivor care, prevention education, professional training and empowering movement.”

Learn more at Love416.org.

Get a limited edition Appaman Grand Prix tee and help fight childhood cancer

December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

This Sunday, January 27th is the Second Annual Appaman Gowanus Grand Prix charity event, a day of family fun and slot car racing, with 100% of proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.  (Scroll down for more info)

Can’t make it to Brooklyn this weekend?

You can still participate by purchasing this Limited Edition Appaman Gowanus Grand Prix t-shirt ($24) on Appaman.com. They’re available in kids’ sizes 6, 8 and 10. 100% of your purchase goes to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, so not only do you get an awesome shirt, you’re directly supporting a great cause.

You can also show your support by donating to the event on the Eventbrite page, helping us reach our goal of contribute even more to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Local to NYC? Great!

Race tickets are sold out, but you can RSVP as a cheerleader and…

  • Enjoy great treats generously donated from our sponsors, Whole Foods, IZZE beverages, Skinny Pop Popcorn, and Giardini’s Gourmet Pizza
  • Make race banners and flags at our Creation Station
  • Get crazy with temporary tattoos at the Tattly station
  • Decorate your nails with a checkerboard race flag manicure
  • Win awesome prizes by entering our raffle
  • Hang out with Lynn, Harald, and the rest of Team Appaman (well, except for Party Hat)

The event takes place at the lovely Halyard‘s, located at 406 Third Avenue in Brooklyn. (Click here to view in Google Maps)

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We’d love for you to share the Eventbrite link with your Facebook friends to spread the word and get your community involved.

Let’s rev our engines and make lemonade out of any lemons in our life…See ya there!

- Team Appaman

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – UNICEF

December 20, 2013 in Appaman News

Susan’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is an organization beloved by many: The United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.

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UNICEF is an influential organization that works in 190 countries on behalf of children’s wellbeing. They believe that nurturing children is the cornerstone of human progress and work on a grassroots level to  help communities overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

According to UNICEF: “Ending preventable child deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy. It means giving newborns a safe delivery, the ability to breathe in the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment to avoid stunting. It means newborns are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV. And it means protecting children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with vaccines, bednets, and antibiotics. “

Spring 2013 Inspiration – Live on Pinterest

December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Appaman’s Spring 2013 collection arrives in stores this month, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Check out our new Pinterest board, where we’ve shared some easy, breezy images of the sights and colors that inspired us this season. It’ll make you want to hit the coast and catch a wave:

Hang ten, hang loose. Surf's up.

Hang ten, hang loose. Surf’s up.

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

December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

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!

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – United Cerebral Palsy Association

December 16, 2013 in Appaman News

Erica’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

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Erica says,

“The United Cerebral Palsy Association was founded in 1949 by Leonard Goldenson. When UCP was established there were very few resources available to those with disabilities. Since it’s inception UCP has served to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy while providing support for people with disabilities and their families. UCP is committed to improving the quality of life of those with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities. This is a cause that is dear to me, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the United Cerebral Palsy Association during our 5 weeks of giving.”

For more information about the Association, visit their website at www.ucp.org.

2nd Annual Gowanus Grand Prix 2013

December 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

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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Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Skin Cancer Foundation

December 11, 2013 in Appaman News

And now, it’s time for Alyssa’s pick for Appaman’s annual Five Weeks of Giving program, where each Appaman employee choose a charity close to their hearts to receive a holiday donation.

Alyssa’s choice is the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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ABOUT THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION:

Since the start of the Skin Cancer Foundation in 1979, the organization has set a standard for the education and the prevention of skin cancer. They stress the importance of early detection and prompt treatment.

According to the foundation, “Each year in the U.S. there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Almost 9,000 people die from melanoma in the U.S. every year. Nonmelanoma cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma have reached critical levels, with squamous cell carcinoma killing 2,500 people each year.”

Alyssa says, “Right now I have a close family friend fighting melanoma and I personally get skin cancer screenings every six months, following my doctors orders. Hopefully with the outreach that the Skin Cancer Foundation has and the work they do in educating people on the dangers of improper sun exposure they can help make the number of diagnosed skin cancer cases continuously decrease.”

For more information, visit www.skincancer.org.