Summer in the City: Insider Tips from the Appaman Staff

July 10, 2015 in NYC

REJOICE! It is summer time in New York City! While many urbanites like to get out of town when the temps go up, New Yorkers know that summer in NYC is something to look forward to all year long. The sunshine seems to bring out the best in all of us, so there’s never a better time to grab your group of friends and hit up one of the many wonderful outdoor spaces, free events, or activities the city has to offer. The extra hustle and bustle (and great weather) means it’s also a great time for visitors, since there’s so many things that adults and kids alike can all enjoy


It’s no surprise that on Friday afternoons, there’s lots of chatter at Appaman HQ about how we’re all planning on spending our upcoming weekend. We love to share recommendations for great neighborhood hot spots, fun new restaurants, upcoming shows or events, the best places to take out of towners, and sometimes, where we can go to get a little peace and quiet.

So, we present, the Appaman staff’s best insider tips for a great summer in the city:

Eat And Drink

We love going to brunch and taking out of towners with us. There are tons of places in cute, walkable neighborhoods, like the West Village, which are always nice for a post-meal stroll.Try:

Jeffrey’s Grocery – 172 Waverly Place

Will says: “One of my favorite places to go eat and have some drinks is Harlem Public and it’s sister bar next door At The Wallace. Harlem Public has very diverse crowd, casual fun atmosphere with great food. Then next door, same owners, At The Wallace has giant Jenga and board games to play while you drink! Check it out!”

Harlem Public & At The Wallace
3612 Broadway

Outdoor Lunch in Manhattan

We love the outdoor market that’s open near Appaman’s showroom by Herald Square, called Urban Space/Broadway Bites. There are about 30 food stands located on Broadway, between 32nd and 34th, with a huge variety of food, from Turkish, Asian, or Mexican  to crepes and macarons, and lots of refreshing beverages (some alcoholic, some not!) They’re all from existing restaurants and bakeries around Manhattan and surrounding boroughs.

Urban Space/Broadway Bites — Broadway, between 32nd and 34th Streets

Ample Hills ice cream shop in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn is an incredible destination. The flavors are exotic and it’s all made in house.  It’s like a bespoke creamery….very Brooklyn.

Ample Hills Creamery (Prospect Heights) – 623 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn

For more sweet treats, try coffee shakes at Odd Fellows (Williamsburg), or Cronut creator Dominique Ansel’s new take on soft serve ice cream (One is flavored with burrata – an Italian cheese made from mozzarella!)

Dominique Ansel Kitchen — 137 7th Ave S.

Get Out Of Town

Sometimes the best “city” activities are not in the city at all! There are many ways to get out into nature that are easily accessible from New York.

Alyssa says: “Escape the city for a day and head to South Mountain Reservation, a a  2,110-acre nature reserve located 20 miles outside of the city between Millburn, West Orange and Maplewood New Jersey.  It offers 50 miles of hiking trails with views of New York City, a 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls, streams, fishing pond and picnic areas and open fields.
The Turtleback Zoo is also located on the property, which has animals from all over the world, a tree top adventure course for adults and kids, mini golf, and paddle boats. Also on the property is McLoon’s Boat House, a beautiful restaurant on the water.”

South Mountain Reservation – W South Orange Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Lynn says: “We love Fort Tilden Beach.  It’s gorgeous, not crowded and a wonderful place to go for a day outside the city.” Insider tip: To get to Fort Tilden, which is National Park Service property, park at Jacob Riis beach and go to the southern end. You can’t get to it by walking down the shore, but there are paths that will take you to the beach area.

City Living, Summer Style

Doing an evening BBQ down on Pier 6 in Brooklyn is a great way to spend an evening overlooking the city views, watching the sunset and exploring the incredible waterfront park. There are six piers of playgrounds, walking trails, bike paths, soccer fields and basketball courts.  It’s an incredible addition to Brooklyn and appreciated by all.

Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Katie says, “I am always impressed by the free programs available at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. BRIC Arts Media’s summer series, Celebrate Brooklyn, offers an amazing selection of concerts & performances from popular (often world renowned) artists, as well as movie screenings in the Prospect Park Bandshell, most of them for free. It’s an excellent outdoor venue (especially for the price), with great sound quality and not a bad seat in the house. People of all ages gather with picnic blankets to enjoy the evening. It would even be great for a family with young teens who want to do something cool that’s not specifically kid-focused. You can bring your own food or by snacks from vendors. Get there early though — the popular events can have extremely long lines.”

Since 1965, the New York Philharmonic has offered a handful free outdoor park performances all around New York City (including Prospect Park), allowing thousands of New Yorkers from all walks of life the chance to experience some truly spectacular, world class music, at absolutely no cost. We highly recommend taking the opportunity to see some of the best orchestras in the world perform in the beautiful, relaxed outdoor setting of NYC’s public parks. The fireworks that follow are also some of the best we’ve EVER seen. Trust us — it will be a magical evening. Tip: Sit towards the center of the audience (even if you’re far away) for the best acoustics.

That’s a Wrap! Behind the Scenes at the Spring/Summer 2016 Photoshoot

June 1, 2015 in Appaman News, NYC

It’s that time of year: We’ve styled, shot, and wrapped yet another Appaman Spring/Summer collection. We have so much fun hanging out with our models and watching all of our hard work come to life on camera.

As always, it’s all hands on deck to make sure these busy few days run smoothly. It’s a challenge, and sometimes a bit hectic to keep all the clothes and kids where they need to be at the right time, but with a little teamwork and a whole lot of organization, we somehow manage to get it all done and have a good time.

We are really excited about some great new designs we have in store for our fans and wish we could show you more, but you’ll have to wait til Spring 2016 to see the full collection in stores. For now, here are a few behind the scenes photos of our recent shoot here in our Chrystie Street studio. Stay tuned til next spring!

Spring/Summer 2016 Appaman shoot

Appaman + Big Apple Parent: Four Covers in a Row!

March 30, 2015 in NYC, Press

As a New York City brand, we love to see kids around the city rocking our styles at school, on the subway, or hanging in the park. But there’s something extra cool about making the cover of one of NYC’s best family publications, not just once, but four months in a row!

Check out our gear below, featured on the cover of Big Apple Parent magazine’s December 2014, January 2015, February 2015, and March 2015 issues. Style details after the jump.

Appaman in Big Apple Parent

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Team Appaman’s Volunteer Day at Baby Buggy

November 4, 2014 in NYC

Many friends and fans of Appaman know that one of our favorite charities is Baby Buggy. Established by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, Baby Buggy works with a network of over 100 established community-based organizations across the country to distribute new and gently used essentials, from cribs and strollers to clothing and bottles. Donations come from both individuals and from companies like Appaman.

After donations come in, the goods need to be sorted, folded and packed so that Baby Buggy can distribute them according to the needs of their network of organizations. Volunteers are often needed to help with this part of the process, so the staff at Appaman HQ thought it would be fun to head over to Baby Buggy’s NYC headquarters, located in the Garment District of Manhattan, and lend a hand ourselves for a couple of hours.

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We had a great time and loved getting a chance to go behind the scenes at a great organization. Thanks to everyone at Baby Buggy for hosting our crew. Keep doing what you do!


Simon Doonan & Mr. Corey Pick Appaman For Back to School Business

September 19, 2014 in In the news, NYC, Star Style

The folks at The Window (the official blog of Barney’s department store) are at it again!

Here, Creative Director Simon Doonan sits down with the fashion loving Mr. Cory (of Mr Cory’s Cookies) who picks out his essential looks for fashionable kids this fall.

Read the blog and watch the video at

Read the blog and watch the video at



Mr. Cory picked an Appaman Mod Suit  as his “professional business” look of choice for when you have important meetings. Such is the life of a 10 year-old business owner.

He shares some other wise words: “There are no rules in fashion.” We couldn’t agree more!

Check out the blog post, video, and shopping guide over at The Window.


Barney’s Goes Back to School With Walter Martin & Appaman

September 10, 2014 in In the news, NYC, Press

Legendary department store Barney’s and musician Walter Martin have teamed up for an adorable back to school style video. Check out these great looks, featuring our very own Mod Suit and the beautiful streets of Brooklyn, NYC.

Read more about the project and watch the video here!


Mod Suit

Mod Suit

Behind the Scenes: Intern Q&A with Danielle

August 12, 2014 in Appaman News, NYC

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an intern at Appaman HQ? For Part 2 of our Intern Q&A series, we sat down with Danielle, our helpful, responsible, and all around awesome summer intern, to find out what she thought of her time as our right-hand gal.

Danielle Civil, Production/Design Intern


This is Danielle, she is very cool.

School: University of Delaware

Major: Apparel Design

Minor: Entrepreneurial Studies

Appaman: So, what was a typical day like at Appaman? Who did you work with the most? 

Danielle: I did a lot of different things. It was all over the place…in a good way! I worked with everyone in the office, in all of the departments.

A: Yeah, that is how things usually go here. You did a lot of work with Nicole on the production side. What kind of projects were you focused on?

D: I worked a lot with the samples for Spring/Summer 2015. I would measure the new samples as they came in and compare them to the technical specs, so we could see if the factory was making the style how they’re supposed to. We then took the most recent samples to fittings to see if the fit was right according to the specs, or if the specs needed to be changed to get the right fit.

A: What was your favorite thing that you worked on?

D: I liked seeing the whole development process. Measuring samples, making changes, going to fittings.

A: Did you do anything at Appaman that was different than what you’ve done in class?

D: It’s different than what you do in school. I got to touch on a lot of different “behind the scenes” work. I’d never done anything with wholesale or online sales, for example. I’d had a little production experience, but nothing in-depth.

A: What area of the fashion industry do you think you want to go into?

D: Design or production

A: Ok, now most importantly, what was it like working with Party Hat, our office dog, every day?

D: Awesome. He is so fluffy. [Appaman note: Correct answer, Danielle]

A: Do you have any advice for other students who are looking to intern in the fashion industry?

D: Look for something you like, not just the first or easiest internship to get. You want to see if you could see yourself working there or in a company like it. Also, start looking early so you’re not rushed to find something. Reach out directly to companies that you’re interested in, because they don’t always post internship openings. They might not need to.

Thanks, Danielle! You earned an A+

Sneak a Peek at Fall/Winter 2013

July 8, 2013 in New This Season, NYC

It’s that time of year again, peeps! The day we release our new Fall collection on is fast approaching, so after you set your alarms to July 15th, take a look at our new video, a behind-the-scenes look at our Fall/Winter ’13 catalog photoshoot in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

This season’s collection is a our tribute to iconic American school style. We were inspired by the refined look of prep school cool, the sporty comfort of vintage varsity gear and the edgy, rebellious spirit of punk fashion.

Of course, Appaman kids can be found rocking their own personal style about anywhere on campus: shootin’ hoops on the playground, cheering from the bleachers, making music with the band, testing theories in the lab, or break dancing in the parking lot. We made a mix-and-match collection so you can make these looks your own, and be confined to just one style.

Once again, we’d like to thank videographer Mike Canzoniero for his cinematic skills and Boots for contributing original music.

Check out the video below, then scroll down to take a look at some photos of our Fall ’13 favorites:

Appaman Fall Winter 2013 from Appaman on Vimeo.

Available July 15th on; Currently available through many of our awesome retailers.


Behind the Scenes: Intern Q&A with Jihaeng

June 11, 2013 in Appaman News, NYC

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to intern at Appaman HQ? We sat down with Jihaeng, a very talented young lady who was gracious enough to spend this past semester as we developed the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Read on to find out what she worked on during her Appaman internship, her advice for students going into fashion design, plus her tips on personal style…


Jihaeng Lee, Design Intern

School: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)  - graduated May 2013

Major: Fashion Design with a specialization in Childrenswear

From: South Korea

Previous Experience: Internships at Khan Lucas and Rebecca Minkoff

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Artist Capsule Collection: AVONE for Appaman Spring Summer 2013

March 13, 2013 in Appaman News, New This Season, NYC

Every season, we join forces with local graffiti style street artists to create our Artist Capsule Collection. This season’s designs come from AVONE, the artist who inspired our very first ACC, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. His new series is inspired by the many historic and iconic landmarks of NYC, and his unique take on New York really shines through in his work.

AVONE, the artist behing the Spring 2013 Artist Capsule Collection, visits Appaman HQ

AVONE, the artist behing the Spring 2013 Artist Capsule Collection, visits Appaman HQ

Recently, AVONE stopped by to visit Appaman HQ and signed our evolving graffiti board. So even if we sell out of everyone of his awesome t-shirts, he has forever left his mark here at Appaman!

AVONE’s current collection features three unique styles: the Train Tee, the World Fair Tee, and the Williamsburg Bridge Tee. Each is available in two different colors. Shop the collection now on or from one of our retailers. 

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