In recent months, we’ve welcomed a few new faces here at Team Appaman, and it’s high time we introduce you to the newest members of our crew. As a small company, we’re a sum of our parts and want our fans and customers to get to know who is working hard together behind the scenes to bring your favorite Appaman gear from an idea to a shoppable, wearable and adorable product:
Lisa Christiano (Wholesale Account Manager)
When our friend Jenna headed back home to her native Texas, Lisa came on board, bringing a longtime love of fashion and a retail background to the wholesale side of Appaman. Lisa is from Rockland County (but moving to Jersey City with her fluffy little dog, Ghost) and loves to read, write, travel, and watch movies. She is always down for some serious Harry Potter chat. But be warned that she’s a loyal Gryffindor before getting into a debate about the best Hogwarts house.
Danielle Civil (Production/Design Assistant)
Remember Intern Dani from our Intern Q&A? Well, she’s back! Dani was such a great intern that we insisted on snatching her back up as a full-time employee as soon as she graduated from the University of Delaware, where she earned a a degree in apparel design and a minor in entrepreneurial business. Dani is from the suburbs of Philly, and loves animals (particularly sloths and manatees, but she has cats, turtles, and fish of her own), travel, photography, yoga, chai tea lattes, and Game of Thrones. Dani has had her sights set on the fashion biz for a long time. In her fifth grade yearbook she predicted that she’d be a fashion designer. Good thinking, fifth grade Dani!
Valerie Schwall (Girls Designer)
It’s a basic requirement that all Appaman employees must love dogs, but for Valerie, it’s an interest that is particularly career relevant! When Valerie was younger, she decided to teach herself to sew by creating clothing and accessories for her dog. Soon after, she applied and was accepted to fashion school with a sewing portfolio composed entirely of dog clothing. At FIT, she expanded her interest to human clothing but still loves making beautiful wardrobes for her fur child, Meatball, who dresses better than many people. Valerie hails from New Paltz, a hippie town in upstate New York, where she gained a soft spot for tie dye. You’ll usually catch her in her signature head-to-toe black, except for when she and Meatball decide to wear matching holiday outfits.