It’s Norwegian National Day and we’re celebrating our heritage!

May 16, 2018 in Appaman News, Featured

May 17th is Norwegian National Day. In honor of our heritage, here are some facts you might not know about Appaman!

1. Appaman means “monkey man” in Norwegian. Appaman is inspired by, and named after, the childhood companion of co-founder Harald Husum. While growing up in Norway, Harald befriended a corduroy ape named Appaman. Together they traveled the fields and fjords of their native land, sharing many fantastic adventures.

2. Years later, when Harald and his wife Lynn (the other co-founder) were designing the first line, Lynn came up with the idea to use Appaman as the inspiration for the logo.

3. The original Appaman lives in our Manhattan headquarters. He’s too old to handle the daily commute from Brooklyn, but he is quite comfortable in his retirement condo (shelf).

4. Kids love to “find the monkey” on their Appaman gear, so we make sure to put a tiny monkey logo on every piece, either on an arm patch, on the side seam, a zipper pull, or hidden in the lining.

5. 2018 marks Appaman’s 15th anniversary. We’ve got lots in store, so stay tuned!

 

Bonus fact! Appaman HQ is officially closed on Norwegian National Day, so there is limited customer service on Thursday 17th May. Need help? Drop us a line at support@appaman.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.  

Meet the staff: Australian edition

May 14, 2018 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, Featured, NYC

We recently caught up with Australian staff members Ruby (Operations Assistant) and Sarah (Customer Service) to ask them all the questions we’ve been dying to ask about Australia. Ruby and Sarah have joined the team in our NYC headquarters in the last year. Have we missed anything? Anything you’re dying to know but have never asked? Ask in the comments section.

1. So guys. Are there actually dangerous animals everywhere in Australia, and will they kill you?

Ruby: Yes! Australian wildlife are notorious psychos, nobody knows why they are mad but they are. There are obvious culprits like snakes and spiders,  but even chill-looking animals like these wombats (see below) are low-key raging. I learnt this the hard way when I sent my little brother down a wombat hole after a rogue soccer ball when I was eight (he was five). He didn’t run into anything while he was down there, but apparently if wombats find you in their hole they will freak out and RUTHLESSLY attack. My parents didn’t speak to me for a week.

Wombat

Wombat, not as cute as they seem (Image: mrpbps/Flickr)

Sarah: Ruby is right. Wombats are huge and deceptively cute. We genuinely do have a lot of dangerous animals. However these animals aren’t hanging out in plain sight – most of them are tiny and very shy. Snakes are around a lot in summer – it’s kind of a practiced habit of Australians to loudly stomp when going through any greenery or grass because there are snakes around. I’ve seen my fair share but they aren’t aggressive unless you actively annoy them. They are SO not into people, as soon as they hear anything they will slither away into their little snake holes.  We also get a lot of spiders, it’s another classic Australian habit to shake out any shoes before you put them on; spiders love dark cozy places. Oh also sharks. Sharks are around a lot but they are genuinely not a danger to people as much as you’d think. They get a bad rap because like, one shark will bite someone once a year.  Most beaches have shark alarms and life guards, if one is spotted the alarm sounds and everyone gets out of the water (though honestly a lot of people don’t; if the surf is great surfers will just stay out or just straight up not hear the alarm). We also have shark nets that stretch across entire bays to protect swimmers, and helicopters that hover around and patrol beaches every hour or so (during peak season) to keep an eye out for sharks.

Great White Shark

This Great White Shark wishes you’d never seen Jaws; swears they’re not all like that (Image: Elias Levy/Flickr Creative Commons)

Attack Spider

Huntsman spider, no big deal (Image: darkday/Flickr Creative Commons)

 

2. Do you miss the beach??
Ruby: Surprisingly, YES (despite all the shark talk). Because I am descendant of the convict settlers who were shipped out from Ireland I am uniquely unsuited to all aspects of the Australian environment. The sun shoots straight through my pale eyes, designed for seeing through the Celtic mists, and gives me terrible migraine. No amount of sunscreen will stop me from burning in 0.5 seconds on a hot day and a day at the beach for me means full body suit and a tent. Also, some of my most traumatic memories focus around an Australian tradition called “Nippers”, a curriculum that proposes to teach children how to survive in the surf by throwing them in the water and hoping they are able to swim back to shore. Despite this I really miss it! Australia has so many beautiful beaches and such great surf that you completely take it for granted, I miss big salty waves!
Sarah: I never had to do Nippers, thank God. I’m actually from a beautiful beach town called Newcastle on the East Coast, and we have 5 of the best beaches in the world there. So I definitely do miss the beach (even with our local neighborhood sharks), the ocean and wide open green spaces. Also the proud Australian tradition of getting an unreasonably large serving of chips (fries) wrapped in paper from the beach cafe and sitting and fending off seagulls. Seriously once you feed a seagull a chip, they will bring 100 of their seagull friends and you’ll never know a moment’s peace again.
Sunday, Awesome Sunday.

Sarah left this beach for sunny NYC. (Image: Roanish/Flickr Creative Commons)

3. What are some fave Aussie designers or companies that you miss?
Ruby: I mainly shop vintage but Zimmerman and Lover both make beautiful clothing that I could never afford, Gorman is great. There is a beauty company I used to work for called Mecca that is like the Australian high-end version of Sephora, they stock brands like Nars and Hourglass as well as amazing skincare; their stores are beautiful.

SarahI feel like Ruby has designers covered. I also will add Bec+Bridge. They are two girls from Sydney and their dresses are awesome. Boost Juice is an Aussie juice chain that does AWESOME smoothies, and to be very specific there is a great pasta restaurant in Sydney called Italian Bowl that I think about always and miss way more than I should. 

4. Okay gotta ask – whats your opinion on Vegemite?
Ruby: Love it, wont hear a word against it.

Sarah: It’s fine! I never really ate it a lot, but the biggest mistake with Vegemite is spreading it too thick. The key is a lot of butter and a tiny, thin scraping of Vegemite.

 

5. Don’t roll your eyes, but how often do you throw shrimp on the barbie?

Ruby: Not that much! My family are more ‘lamb chops and veggies on the BBQ on Sundays’ type people.

SarahSame. Also I am literally allergic to shrimp (how unAustralian). We love barbecues and will have them all the time, anywhere and everywhere. It’s such a fun social tradition! Most public parks have barbecues in them, on public holidays and weekends parks are teeming with people who show up with coolers full of food to chuck on the barbie, drinks and outdoor sports gear (i.e. cricket gear).

another shrimp on the barbie

Traditional Aussie pastime or annoying stereotype? (Image: Ziv Pugatch/Flickr Creative Commons)

 

6. Thanks for clearing that up. Moving on – you use so much weird slang. Explain some of your favorite Aussie slang to us?

Ruby: There’s so much that is NSFW! “Cactus” means something is bad or not working, I will continue to use this term even though it only ever garners blank looks. (eg. “The PC is cactus mate”)

Sarah: Okay so I’ve actually compiled a list:

  • Arvo = afternoon eg “see you this arvo mate”
  • Brolly = umbrella eg “mate huge thunderstorm today, take a brolly”
  • Choc a Block = full eg “mate the subway was choc a block this morning”
  • Esky = cooler eg “mate chuck some cold ones in the esky”
  • Thongs = flip flops eg “mate you left your thongs in the ute”
  • Ute – utility vehicle with a tray at the back, eg “mate the plumber parked his ute across my driveway”

7. I will use all those words in a sentence today. Whats the most confusing thing that’s happened to you in New York (i.e. the perennial ‘how is Sydney different to New York?’ question)?

Ruby: Once I got over just how big it was and how long it takes to get everywhere (I didn’t realize Brooklyn was a larger land mass than Manhattan for instance) probably the bomb cyclone that happened the second week I was living in New York. I was stuck in my house without groceries trying to explain to my parents over the phone (who were literally sitting on the beach where we vacation as a family) that I couldn’t go out to find food because all I could see out my window was opaque blizzard. I had assumed everyone was exaggerating about winter in New York, they were not.

MTA at Work Through Spring Snowstorm

NYC subways become even more difficult during a nor’easter. (Image: Photo: Patrick Cashin / Metropolitan Transportation Authority vis Flickr Creative Commons)

 

Sarah: Everything Ruby said. Also subways. Oh my god subways. The first two months I was here, I don’t even want to think about the number of times I got the wrong subway in the wrong direction. Even Google Maps couldn’t save me a lot of the time, which really speaks to my poor sense of direction.  

8. You don’t look Australian. 

Ruby: I don’t take your meaning, these two people below are obviously from the same landmass:  (also, see answer to question two)

SarahWhat does an Australian look like?!?

9. Why do Australians talk about coffee so much?

Flat White

“Why are you so obsessed with me?” – This flat white. (Image: Marco Verch/Flickr Creative Commons)

Ruby: We are so far away from everything we have nothing to do other than perfect and debate the art of hot beverages. Australia is one of the only countries where Starbucks has tanked, we are convinced we can do it better! (I make no apologies, I miss Australian coffee every day).

SarahNo offense but we have the best coffee in the world, and people in Australia (particularly Sydney and Melbourne) treat coffee like a very serious art form. I really don’t know much about the science behind making coffee but whatever it is Australians do it so well. The milk is perfect and the beans are heaven. My favorite coffee in NYC is from Bluestone Lane, a company run by Australians.

 

10. What’s your favorite thing about living here? 

Ruby: Terrifying weather and questionable coffee are more than made up for by the intellectual culture of the city, the thriving arts scene and the opportunities that can be found amidst the chaos. I feel like every person I have met here is pursuing their goals. In New York there is a creativity, passion and ambition on a scale that I haven’t witnessed in any other city I have lived in or visited.

Sarah:  The people I’ve met! As cheesy as that is. People kept warning me that everyone in New York is stressed and mean, and I’ve found the exact opposite. People have been so warm, welcoming and kind to me – from the amazing people at Appaman, right through to strangers I ask for directions. Also I am a comedian, and the comedy and arts scene here is wonderful. So many opportunities and inspiring people. Oh, I also love the Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company. And Central Park.

11. And one more question – it’s basically always summer in Australia right? This make you uniquely qualified to discuss our SS18 collection. Give us a rundown of your favorite pieces.

Ruby: I wish  the whole collection came in my size because I would wear all of it. My pick of the girl’s pieces (if I have to choose) would be the Rainbows IOS Tank (it’s sparkly, c’mon!), the Paradise Romper (I can’t imagine anything more comfortable) and the Thalia Dress in Ba-na-na (I eat multiple bananas a day so this print really speaks to me). If I was tiny I’d also wear the Malibu Shorts (both colors, can’t pick); they’d be the perfect BBQ short because you can run around, play sport, eat, sit on the ground, wear them over a bathing suit, and nap in them.

Sarah: Honestly, as a lover of food I can’t go past the Burger Shirt. I love burgers so much and this shirt is incredibly soft. Also the Banana Printed Tee and basically any of the Spring Fine Tailoring. The Linen Mod Suits are such fantastic colors, and the built-in pocket squares are such a practical idea. As someone who loses things a lot I need built-in everything ie built-in phone, wallet, bag, lunchbox etc.

One shirt, four looks.

April 19, 2018 in Appaman Style, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks, New This Season, NYC

Now that it’s starting to heat up, it’s time to start seriously planning cool looks for summer. And luckily, we’ve got you covered. Enter: the button-up shirt, the most versatile shirt of the season. It’ll be your cool, bold, go-anywhere do-anything best friend that you didn’t even know you needed. Here, we take you through four different ways to style our fave shirt of the season.

Meet: The Summer Shirts.

So (L to R) we have:

  • The Pattern Shirt in Hipster:  This shirt is covered in our cool seasonal patterns that features some of his favorite things – skateboards, sunglasses, music, and of course, pizza. 100% cotton. 100% rad.
  • The Pattern Shirt in Pina: For the guys who love to be the life of the party. This lightweight cotton shirt features a bold neon pineapple print. Psst – we even have a matching dress for a ‘his and hers’ look. Get the whole squad in this fabric to make a HUGE entrance at your next party.
  • The Benson Shirt in Grey Linen Plaid: If you’re looking for a more polished look, go no further than this cool muted fabric. Cool front pocket, classic pattern – perfect for dressing up!
  • The Benson Shirt in Carnival Plaid: It’s the coolest party shirt out. Bold, bright, breathable. Yup.
  • The Benson shirt in Blue Bike Plaid: This has been a fan favorite this season; it’s the perfect mix of style and fun. Collar, buttons and pockets, but with tiny little bikes all over it. Brrring brrrring!

 

Biz Casual (Or; for going from Very Important Meetings straight to the beach) 

The simplest look – this shirt speaks for itself, so can buttoned up with shorts for a laid-back, chilled-out look. Here we have put the Benson Shirt with our Coastal Shorts, however the shirt works back with any denim or casual short. Throw on a pair of sneakers or slides and you’ll be cool as a cucumber (both temperature-wise, and style-wise).

 

Laid-back Layer (Or; when both shirts are so cool you wanna wear both)

When you wanna show off the tee but wanna wear the shirt as well…why not just wear both? Our collections are designed so you can mix and match tees and shirts for a really cool, laid-back look. Here, we’ve teamed the Benson Shirt with our Lowrider Tee for a really fun, bold mix of colors. To go all out, team with a bold short or even just classic denim.

 

 

Buttoned Up (Or; “What even is Smart Casual anyway?”)

One of the most baffling dress codes is ‘Smart Casual’ – because it’s literally two opposite dress codes in one. Do you wear a bow tie with a t-shirt? Tuxedo pants with a tank top? Pajamas with dress shoes? Luckily, we’ve made the distinction super easy for you. The button-up shirt is the ULTIMATE in smart-casual. It has the formality of a dress shirt with the buttons and collar, but the ease of a casual shirt with the short sleeves and bold pattern. Here, we’ve teamed the Burger Pattern Shirt with our Beach Pant and Paperboy Hat.

 

Formal Affair (or; Dress to impress)

 

Here it is – the ‘wow’ factor. Team any of the Pattern Shirts with pants and a blazer and you have got the ultimate dressed-up look. The blazer gives the look structure while the shirt provides a fun, bold pop of color. Hot tip: cuff your pants and wear with chukkas, or keep it smart with dress shoes.

 

There you have it – you’re set for summer! Don’t forgot to tag us on Facebook and Instagram in your best #appaman looks for your chance to be featured. Happy stylin’!

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 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 

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.

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.