Happy Earth Day! Here are some awesome new ways you can help the planet

April 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

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How does your family celebrate Earth Day? Whether it’s planting trees, getting involved in local recycling projects, volunteering with animals, or learning new ways to conserve energy,  Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to reevaluate the impact we have on the planet and empower kids with tools and ideas about how they can personally make a difference, whether it’s as a family, locally in their community, or on a larger scale.

Even if you normally wouldn’t consider yourself an environmentalist, you may be surprised to discover how many different kinds of sustainability projects that may inspire you to get involved with long term.

No matter your interests, talents, or passions, there’s bound to be something that gets you excited to pitch in.

To help you channel your Earth Day enthusiasm into some year-round momentum, we’ve put together a list of a few super cool projects and organizations to help you start thinking outside the box and get involved in something awesome that also benefits the planet.

1) Shark Guardian

Marine conservation isn’t just for the “cute” animals. Thanks to the popularity of a little movie called Jaws, you may think of sharks as big, scary, human-hungry predators. In reality, humans are a much bigger threat to humans than they are to us. This shark and marine conservation group works to dispel those nasty rumors, educating kids and adults about the misconceptions about sharks and important role they play in marine ecosystems. Kids can even download a presentation to share with their class. Are you and your family recreational scuba diver? Shark Guardian partners with dive shops around the world to gather data about shark sightings (or lack therof) to help with research and statistics that are used to promote marine conservation programs. That means you — yes, YOU — get to be a shark researcher!

2) Planet Bee

Did you know that one in every three bites you take is made possible by bees? Gardening isn’t just about the plants.  In 2016 we lost 44% of managed beehives. Honeybees are a vital part of our ecosystem, and populations are dropping by the billions  in recent years. The Planet Bee Foundation is dedicated to working with schools, nonprofits,  summer camps, businesses, and community gardens to help inspire kids and adults to be involved in bee conservation. There are kinds of ways you can get involved, through the ZomBee Watch Project, having a “Bee-Day” party, or, if you are an adult, corporate beekeeping! Why chat around the water cooler when you could chat around the bee hive?

3) Materials for the Arts

Are you an artistic type that likes to reduce, reuse, and recycle? If so, you should know about MFTA, a nonprofit organization run by New York City that accepts excess materials from businesses and individuals and redistributes it to eligible arts groups, nonprofits, and schools. With all of the design-focused businesses in New York, the MTFA warehouse is chock full of an ever-changing supply of top-notch goods from industries of all kinds. You never know what you’re going to get! Want to get involved? See if your group is eligible to “shop” the MFTA warehouse, sign up for a workshop, volunteer to help with operations, or donate your excess goods so a local arts group can make something new.

Happy Valentine’s Day, love Appaman

February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Much love, friends. Love, Appaman HQ

Lots of love from the mean streets of NYC

Sending love from the mean streets of NYC

AppaMoms Roundup

April 23, 2014 in Press, Uncategorized

Our AppaMom featured bloggers have been hard at work adding their own spin to Appaman Spring/Summer 2014 style. Fine Tailoring, graphic tees, and fun accessories – you name it, they’ve styled it!

PopStreet Kidz

At PopStreet Kidz, Wynn experimented with layering and rolling the cuffs of his Skinny Twill Pants and Stanton Shorts to create his own tailored looks – from crisp and preppy and rock ‘n’ roll casual.

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We love the attention to detail here — whether it’s a smart cuff on the pants paired with a button-up shirt, or the pushed-up sleeves of the throwback Barracuda Jacket over a graphic henley tee, this mom and son team have put together a series of looks that looks cool and effortless. Check out their blog to see more personalized looks and ideas for mixing Appaman pieces into your wardrobe.

Featured above:
Look 1 – Tilden Shirt in Pacific Blue, Graham Cardigan in Heather Grey, Skinny Twill Pants in Galaxy, The Lennon Sunglasses in Silver
Look 2 – Barracuda Jacket in Vintage Black, Short Sleeve Henley in Concrete, Stanton Shorts in Robot Blue, Rockabilly Sunglasses in Brown

Stroller in the City

Next up is Stroller in the City, who opted to stylize a longtime Appaman fan favorite: the Mod Suit.

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Rocking the Mod Suit with a cotton Fisherman Cap, mirrored sunglasses, and tiger graphic shirt makes for a great combination of formal and casual. Model Ryder is on his second Mod Suit, and mom Brianne says, “Ry has worn this suit in so many ways… to a formal function with a button down and tie, just the jacket with jeans, just the pants…I wanted to showcase how this suit can be worn dressed down, we rolled up the sleeves to show off the Appaman signature logo and paired it with the Tiger Slub Tee rather than a tailored shirt.” See more photos here.

We love it!

Featured above: Mod Suit in Navy, Fisherman Cap in Galaxy, Rockabilly Sunglasses in Clear, Tiger Slub Tee in Black

Mom Generations

And finally, we have our girly look of the group! Nine month-old Victoria is our youngest featured model, sporting some pieces from Appaman’s girl collection over on Mom Generations. 

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Going for the all-pink look, Victoria is wearing some of our favorite multi-purpose pieces that are available in mini sizes as well as big kid sizes. The Mermaid tee is a spring and summer staple that looks great with the Boardwalk Cardigan in the chilly weather. Girls of any age know that a skirt-and-legging combo like the Lexie Capri is comfy and functional.

We were glad to see Appaman Girl and Appaman Mini represented in Mom Generation’s house full of boys! For more photos, visit their site.

Featured above: Mermaid Grammercy Tee, Boardwalk Cardigan in Goji Berry, Lexie Capri in Goji Berry, Glam Sunglasses

Stay tuned for more highlights from our AppaMom bloggers

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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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

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!

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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Watch Now: The Spring/Summer '13 Video is Here!

December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Get ready, Appaman fans! Our Spring/Summer 2013 collection is already arriving in stores, and soon you’ll be able to get it right here on Appaman.com. As always, we’ve got a special treat, a super fun behind-the-scenes video (with super catchy original music by Boots) where you get to see some awesome boys and girls in our awesome new threads, demonstrating how they look “in action.”

This video was shot in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a neighborhood near and dear to our hearts that was hit hard last year by Hurricane Sandy. Watching this clip gives of lots of happy memories of good times in BK, and we hope you have as as much fun watching it as we did making it!

Though if you watch it with your kids, you might have to explain what boomboxes and cassette tapes are first. Ah, youth.

Appaman Spring Summer 2013 from Appaman on Vimeo.

And a thanks goes to Alyssa, who can include choreography among her list of many talents.

Some of our favorite looks (click images to enlarge):

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