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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Introducing…Erica!

December 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

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This summer the Appaman team was pleased to bring on board our very own ray of California sunshine, Erica Atkins! With her killer vintage style, magnetic personality, and affinity for Appaman HQ’s fave TV series Downton Abbey, Erica and her West Coast charm help make our office a great place to be. Erica brought in her past children’s industry expertise to work with our major wholesale accounts, and she is the logistical mastermind behind getting Appaman’s goods organized and shipped to department stores and other large retailers around the country…which, as industry folks know, is quite a task.

So, this post is long overdue, but nevertheless, we wish a very warm welcome to Erica, a wonderful addition to our staff.

Appaman is 10 Years Old Today

April 23, 2013 in Appaman News, Uncategorized

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Harald making Appaman's first ever print (top); Appaman HQ today (bottom)

Harald making Appaman’s first ever print (top); Appaman HQ today (bottom)

On April 23, 2003, Appaman launched its very first collection. What began as a tiny little t-shirt operation based in Harald and Lynn Husum’s Brooklyn apartment has grown over the years into the kids’ fashion brand you know and love. Each season, we’ve added new pieces to our collection and expanded our range of design.

Read more about our story here
While our team has expanded, and Harald is no longer screen printing our tees himself (that‘s him in the photo above, making Appaman’s first print) we’re still as hands-on as ever. We put just as much care into creating each new piece as we did on Day 1, so that the kids who wear our clothes (and the grown-ups who buy them) love our threads just as much as we do.

And, of course, we wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for our loyal fans. So, from everyone at Appaman HQ, we say…

THANK YOU!

Here are some photos from the Appaman vault…outtakes and catalog shots from our first collection ever! My, how things have changed…

Appaman Telford Makes For Our Third Hong Kong Store!

December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Appaman’s newest store in Hong Kong opened in Kowloon last month. The Telford Plaza location makes for the third Appaman shop in HK, and man…are we thrilled! The store looks great and we’re so proud of our overseas teams.

Visit Appaman Telford at:  Shop 505B, Level 5, Telford Plaza II, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay  Tel: 2135-9118    Check out the pics below, and visit www.appaman.com.hk for more info.

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Hurricane Sandy

December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hey there Appaman fan,

As you know, NYC was his hard during Hurricane Sandy this past weekend. Our Lower East Side offices are currently out of power and not operational until further notice. Therefore, our wholesale and web orders will be delayed until we are up and running again.

Thank you for you patience, and we hope you and your family were able to stay safe during the storm!

– Team Appaman

It's Go Time

December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

This summer we challenged moms everywhere to roll up their sleeves and attempt to take the Appaman Monkey Bar Challenge. The participation “fee” was a $25.00 donation that went to Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer. We called upon people to embrace their childhood and regain those muscles we all once had. Just under 100 people signed up and we were thrilled to be instrumental in getting women out on the playground, challenging themselves and goofing off with their kids in the name of charity.

To complete the challenge, participants are expected to send in a video of them on the bars. Here is Lynn’s video. She gave it her all. Check it out:

 

Thanks to all who participated!

Pay it Forward – Stephanie Fishman

December 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

For Stephanie’s “Pay it Forward,” she chose to donate to Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc.

In her words:”Every holiday season, I participate in their ‘All Wrapped Up’ program, which connects donors to local individuals in Bergen County, New Jersey who are in need of a little holiday cheer! Every year I ‘adopt’ 2 seniors/disabled individuals, and I get a wish list from their caseworker as to what they may need. Most years, a warm winter coat is first on the list, along with basic necessities and grocery store gift cards. When I meet with the caseworker to drop off the gifts, I get to see the excitement in the faces of some of the members at the senior or rehab center. I feel very lucky to be able to help someone have a better day. I always want to contribute to this organization through other programs as well, so your donation to the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc can help in so many ways — a literacy class for a single mom, a training session for a mentor, a service call for a repair in a disabled individual’s home — so THANK YOU Appaman, for your immense generosity and kindness!”

You’re welcome, Stephanie, and we are sure your charity will appreciate the donation. If you would like more info on this charity click here.