APPAMAN x HYPEKIDS Giveaway!

April 9, 2018 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Featured, New This Season, NYC, Promotions

We’re so excited to announce our next giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Hypekids to offer you guys a chance to win a $200 #appaman gift card! This sweeps is available to U.S. users only. To enter the competition, simply head to Hypekid’s Instagram and follow the steps.

The winner of the giveaway will be announced on our Instagram, and contacted via DM on April 13th.

Please note: The maximum number of entries allowed during the giveaway period is one (1) per person.

Good luck!

 

HYPEKIDS X APPAMAN

April 6, 2018 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Featured, In the news, NYC, Press

In case you missed it, this month we were lucky enough to team up with the folks at Hypekids on a fun, food-themed shoot at local hotspot, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. Here, we give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek.

Getting some inspo from our favorite superhero

When we weren’t taking photos, we were mostly just enjoying sweet treats such as ice cream, pie and cookies (the treats they cook up at the Farmacy are SO YUMMY!).

…I guess we are in for a treat??

The shoot features sunglasses from Sons & Daughters, a super cool Canadian company that specializes in sun-safe, trendy eyewear for kids.

Photographer Extraordinaire Eddie Lee at work

The kids also wore super cool kicks by Vans – we all particularly loved the limited-edition SpongeBob SquarePants shoes (we’re happy to report they come in adult sizes too).

Our Head of Marketing enjoying a well-earned coffee after the shoot.

A huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Brooklyn Farmacy for having us – there will be multiple trips back for ice cream sundaes, whoopie pies and sandwiches. You can follow them on Instagram or Facebook for drool-worthy food pics.

Our Head of Wellness, Party Hat, waiting outside to approve the final shots (and also for pats and treats).

Don’t forget to check out the story on Hypekids, and shop all the looks from the shoot at appaman.com

Appaman on the Orange Carpet

March 26, 2018 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, In the news, Press, Star Style

It’s the Nickelodeon’s night of nights, when all our favorite pint-sized stars dress in their finest to strut their stuff on the orange carpet. Here’s a round-up of our fave Appaman looks from the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Parker Bates and Prestyn Bates

Appaman’s favorite brothers Parker Bates and Prestyn Bates were absolute stars on the Orange Carpet this weekend. Parker rocked it in our Mod Suit in Raspberry and Burger Tee, and styled the look with white sneakers and a casual rolled sleeve. E! Online LOVED his look.  Prestyn went in full-burger mode in our Burger Tee and Pattern Shirt with jeans and boots. Snap up these sharp orange carpet looks for yourself now – all styles still available online!

 

JD McCrary

Appaman fan favorite JD McCrary looked super fly in our Mod Suit in Navy Windowpane from FW17. JD is already a household name thanks to THAT performance with Childish Gambino at the Grammys, but he is set to be a worldwide star after landing the role of Young Simba in the upcoming film production of The Lion King. (Sidenote: there was huge excitement in the office when this film adaption was announced – Beyoncé as Nala? Yes, please.) JD styled the suit with white sneakers, a necklace and a casual white tee. The Mod Suit is no longer available in the Navy Windowpane option, but luckily we have a fresh spring update on the blue suit, the Mod Suit in French Blue, plus other Fine Tailoring looks to style your way. Like JD, you can style this with a tee and sneakers, or go formal with dress shoes, a shirt and bow tie.

 

Seth Carr 

Seth Carr played the flashback version of Michael B. Jordon as a young Erik Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther – so you KNOW he’s set to be a huge star. The film just grossed over a billion dollars at the box office; and is breaking records left, right and center. We are so proud that Seth picked out our suit for the red carpet – we LOVE the styling with a casual stripe tee and rolled sleeves.

 

What were your fave red carpet looks? Shop these looks and more at Appaman.com

Appaman Summer 2018: Boys.

March 13, 2018 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Featured, New This Season, NYC

To celebrate the launch of our Summer Collection 2018, we wanted to introduce some of our favorite pieces from the collection. The line features buttery soft, light fabrics, classic silhouettes, bold colors and of course, fun graphics. The beauty of the collection is that it’s very mix-and-match – pick a top, pick some shorts and you’re ready for adventure. Check it out!

Graphics (of course):

Your favorite Graphic tee is back in a bunch of cool new colors and prints. The Lowrider Tee features a vintage, LA-inspired car print and comes in two bold colors. Team in with denim and sneakers for the ultimate summer look. As with all our tees, you can also add a fun pop of color to a formal look, and team the tee with skinny twills and a blazer. We love the Gorilla Tee, which features the king of the jungle in stunning hand-drawn detail. Little musicians will love our Rockstar Tee, and there’s nothing not to love about our Hipster Tee which features a cool graphic – we’re talking headphones, skateboards, and of course pizza. It basically sums up our summer plans in one shirt.

 

 

A Little More than a Tee:

For those in-between events, we have you covered with a range of not-quite-tees. For in-between temperatures, we love the Short Sleeve Sweatshirt. It’s a sweatshirt fabric with short, cuffed sleeves, and is a perfect transitional piece. It features the same cool Skull graphic as on our Skully Tee. The Hooded Tee is the ultimate post-beach shirt; with breathable woven fabric, a big kangaroo pocket and a super-cool hood. A slightly dressier option is the Houston tee – neutral colors and an on-trend henley neckline. Team with our Skinny Twills for cool smart-casual. For something a little different, the Chroma Tee is a vintage-inspired tee with a faux pocket and on-trend distressed look.  The STAR of the summer collection is our Printed Tee – we honestly can’t pick which print we love more so we won’t. Bananas come in many forms – regular bananas, banana smoothie, banana split, and obviously, banana tee. The Monstera shirt is covered in palm fronds, and will transport you straight to the tropics. Promise.

Get Fancy:

Presenting: the perfect party shirt!  Fun prints, lightweight fabric with buttons and a collar. The perfect dress-me-up-or-dress-me-down shirt! This season’s offerings feature the Pattern shirt in a Hipster print (the same one we’ve seen on our graphic tee) and a Pina print – a navy shirt with bold neon pineapples. Fun fact: we carry a dress for girls in this very same fabric; this makes for a super fun co-ordinated sibling look. For something a little more classic, the Benson Shirt comes in plaids and a fun embroidered bicycle print. All these shirts have a cuffed and buttoned sleeve and front pockets

Get Shorty:

It’s not a proper summer day without your favorite pair of shorts – our summer collection has something for everyone. For a soft short, we have the Camp Shorts and the Reef Shorts. Both feature an elastic waist, faux drawstring and deep pockets. These are one of the biggest “HOW ARE THEY SO SOFT” pieces that we do every year. The Reef Shorts are a little more structured with a zip pocket and finished hem, whereas the Camp Short has a distressed hem and open pockets. We love styling these with a graphic tee and sneakers = ultimate street cred. If you’re feeling something a little more structured, we have the Punk Shorts – a skinny-leg denim-feel short with pockets and a semi-elastic waist. A highlight is the bold Spicy Mustard color – a great way to make a statement and still be super comfortable. The Coastal Shorts are a more relaxed fit in neutral colors. Both styles are super versatile – they can be dressed up with a collared shirt and a blazer, or dressed down with a tee and sneakers. Comfort and style have never been easier.

Shop the whole collection now at www.appaman.com/new-arrivals 

Where to Wear It: Fine Tailoring Spring Style Guide

March 9, 2018 in Appaman News, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks, New This Season, NYC

Spring is upon us, and with it, comes a whole new range of colors, fabrics, and styling options for spring and summer boys suiting. With wedding season and spring holidays right around the corner, there’s no better to try out bright tones, soft pastels, light cottons, and bold patterns of the season.

For adults and kids alike, it’s important to choose a suit and overall look that matches the formality and season of event, but also your personal look and style. We know that it can be a challenge, we made a style guide to help you choose which spring suit styles will work for you.

Formal Occasions

While some weddings or fancy affairs may require a full traditional tuxedo, boys can get away with a wider color range than adults when choosing a suit + shirt + tie combo. While grown men might stick to traditional grey, navy, and black suits, along with a classic white shirt and dark tie, kids look great with a punch of youthful color. That said, the classics are classics for a reason — grey, navy, and black suits never go out of style and are always in season.

Dressy Casual or Semi-Formal

If you have a spring wedding, holiday event or daytime celebration coming up – don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. Our pastel suits are lightweight, breathable and come in a super cool range of colors. We love teaming the Mod Suit in Sky Slub with a pink shirt – pink is opposite on the color wheel and makes the blue suit pop. For a more laid-back look, rock an open collar and cuffed pants. To dress it up add a tie or bowtie, and top it off with a hat. You can even swap out the pants for shorts for super hot days – no matter the temperature, we’ve got your style sorted.

Fun and Festive

For you next event, we suggest going all out with bold colors, fun patterns and cool accessories. There’s so many different ways to rock our Mod Suit in Teal – dress it up with a standard shirt and bow tie or tie, or keep it casual with a tee and sneakers. Rock a colored blazer with beach pants and sneakers, and top it off with a hat for extra flair. Spring is the perfect time to experiment with bolder colors, or even just dip your toe in. Rules of fashion? Pfft. They’re made to be broken. We make our own rules.

Beachy Casual

 

If you’re lucky enough to be headed to a destination wedding this season, you can’t go wrong with our beach pants and beach shirts. They tick all the boxes – breathable, lightweight fabric, on-trend seasonal colors, and best of all – no ironing required! The luxe textured fabric has a natural crinkle. Throw on a blazer to dress it up, or swap trousers for shorts for ultimate laidback chic. Insider tip – we love styling the pants with a rolled cuff and sneakers.

 

Our Spring collection is available now on our web store.

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.

 

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.

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!

 

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.