Happy Birthday Party Hat!

June 19, 2017 in Appaman News

Our overwhelmingly cute and cuddly office dog and Assistant Nap Manager, Party Hat Husum, turns 7 years old today. To celebrate, we will give him lots of treats and belly rubs.  We love you, Party! Even when you’re weird and want to go play by yourself and hide under the clothes rack.

An Appaman Baby Shower

May 9, 2017 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, DIY

Appaman HQ loves to celebrate, and what better occasion than a new baby?

Operations Manager Alyssa is expecting her first child, and with her due date right around the corner, we gathered the staff and headed to Brooklyn for a garden party baby shower at Lynn & Harald’s house.

Appaman cofounder/party hostess Lynn (left) and guest of honor Alyssa (right)

Appaman cofounder/party hostess Lynn (left) and guest of honor Alyssa (right)

We even had a special surprise guest (former Appaman staffer Jenna) fly in from Texas for the occasion!

Surprise guest Jenna (left), Katie (center) and mom-to-be Alyssa

Surprise guest Jenna (left), Katie (center) and mom-to-be Alyssa

We had a wonderful time stepping outside the office and celebrating a smart and dedicated woman who works so hard to make sure that Appaman is the best that it can be.

How does Team Appaman throw a baby shower? Check out our party details and more photos after the jump…

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A note from our founders: Support the Malala Fund for International Women’s Day

March 7, 2017 in Appaman News

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Wednesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.  At Appaman, it’s a chance to acknowledge the incredible contributions of women specifically in business and the workforce, because as a 95% female team, we feel the weight of this every day.

We work hard, we multitask, we support our fellow colleagues, and we share and celebrate the exciting moments together, including everything from professional or personal successes to internet-breaking news about Beyoncé’s legendary twin pregnancy announcement.

During a recent office meeting, we discussed International Women’s Day, the many events being held this Wednesday around the country and in our own city, and the implications on our staff. We decided that if a team member has an event, a project, a march or an experience they want to have on this day, we would not stop them and the work could wait.

The office will remain open, and to honor this day, we are donating 20% of all Appaman.com sales made through Friday, March 10th to the Malala Fund.

It’s estimated that worldwide, over 30 million primary school-aged girls are out of school, and 98 million will not complete their secondary education. The Malala Fund has a mission to help girls complete 12 years of safe, quality education. This is a cause that Appaman is proud to support.

We have two daughters that don’t want for anything.  As parents, it is a challenge and an important goal to help them understand how privileged they are to have food on the table, clothes on their backs, and, most importantly, the opportunity to attend school.

We hope that you will join us in supporting this cause.

If you are interested in contributing to the Malala Fund through your Appaman.com order, please be sure to place it by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017.
For information about the Malala Fund, including more opportunities to give support, please visit www.malala.org.

Regards,

Lynn and Harald Husum
Appaman Co-founders

Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund. author, human rights & education advocate, and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund. author, human rights & education advocate, and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.

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Need a friend? Print your own foldable Appaman monkey

February 24, 2017 in Appaman News, DIY, In the news

Never be lonely again with the all new Appaman Foldable Monkey!

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Story time!

You may remember that Appaman, Inc. was inspired by and named after the childhood companion of our founder, Harald Husum. When Harald was a kid growing up in Norway, he had a stuffed corduroy monkey named Appaman (“monkey man” in Norwegian) who accompanied him on many fantastic adventures through the fields and fjords. The original Appaman now lives at Appaman HQ in NYC, and while he doesn’t go on as many adventures as he used to, he continues to inspire us, reminding us of the spirit of adventure and imagination of those youthful times.

Now, you can make your very own Appaman to accompany you on your adventures, wherever they may take you. And…it’s free! All you need is a printer, scissors, and either tape or glue. Download and print the PDF from appaman.com/foldable, cut out, and assemble your 3-D papercraft Appaman figure according to the included instructions. (Hey kids: Go wrangle yourself an adult to help with some of the trickier cuts, especially if you print it on heavy paper)

For a limited time we’re including one paper foldable, pre-printed in full color on glossy cardstock, in every Appaman.com order. This special thank you gift for our customers is ready for you to cut, fold, glue, and — most importantly — play with!

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us! We’d love to document all the shenanigans that Appaman is getting into all over the world. Take a photo of your paper Appaman, post it on Instagram, tag us (@appaman) and hashtag your photo #appamanfoldable. Be sure to tell us where he is!

Check out this video and watch a paper Appaman come to life:

Click here to download PDF

 

Happy Holidays From Team Appaman!

December 21, 2016 in Appaman News, NYC

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Wishing a very happy holiday to you and yours.

Love,

Your friends at Appaman

As a bonus, here’s the entire Appaman staff singing a little “Jingle” we recorded at our office, just for you, complete with dishware percussion!

Happy Holidays from Appaman HQ from Appaman on Vimeo.

Tina is moving up the ranks!

June 26, 2015 in Appaman News

It’s high time we properly welcome Tina to Appaman HQ’s official full time staff. Many of our retailers and buyers have been working with Tina since last year, when she joined Team Appaman as a part time assistant, splitting her time between our NYC showroom and Appaman HQ.  She’s a hardworking lady with a killer sense of style and a knack for quickly learning any task we send her way, so it’s no surprise that soon enough, we had to have her at 195 Chrystie Street full time.

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Tina is a Brooklyn native who graduated Magna Cum Laude last May from SUNY Buffalo State with Bachelor’s degrees in Fashion Textile Technology and Business Administration. Like many of us here at HQ, she loves to read, shop and travel — if she had to pick a favorite city (other than New York, duh) it would be either Rome, Barcelona, Paris and London.  Appaman is Tina’s first “professional” job, and she says she’s loving the experience.

Welcome, Tina! Glad to have you around.

 

 

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

Five Weeks of Giving 2014 – The Akilah Institute for Women

December 20, 2014 in Appaman News

Katie’s “pay it forward” pick is the Akilah Institute for Women is a women’s college with campuses in Rwanda and Burundi and headquarters in NYC.

By providing low income women with access to affordable, market-relevant education, industry-specific skills and job placement services, Akilah prepares students for careers in the booming private sector economy of East Africa, which faces a shortage of qualified employees. In a region with high underemployment, where 85% of women still work in subsistence agriculture (earning less than $2 per day), and just 1% of the population enters university (and less than 1/3 of students are female), access to education is the tool that empowers women to build their own professional identity, become leaders, and drastically improve the standard of living for themselves and their families. Akilah graduates, on average, earn five times the national average income, and 1/3 are the heads of their households.

Katie says:

“Around the world, women are denied access to educational opportunities that I spent most of my life taking entirely for granted, limiting their personal autonomy and ability to to take control of their health, wellbeing, finances, and future. Educating women and girls has been proven to be the single most effective way that a developing region can improve the lives and safety of individuals, families, and the community at large. But worldwide, women — especially those from low income backgrounds —  face unique challenges and cultural barriers that keep them out of professional spheres. I love how Akilah, in addition to providing practical on-the-job skills, focuses on developing students’ abilities in critical thinking, confidence, leadership and team building. A friend of mine works for this great organization and so I’ve gotten to hear first hand how dedicated they are to creating an educational model that does right by its students and continues to meet its own high expectations.”

akilah_logoFor more information, visit www.akilahinstitute.org.

Every holiday season, Appaman employees each get to select a charity of their choice to receive a donation. View all of 2014?s Five Weeks of Giving selections here.

 

Five Weeks of Giving 2014 – James J. Peters V.A. Medical Center

December 18, 2014 in Appaman News

For her Five Weeks of Giving donation, Stephanie has chosen to pay it forward to the James J. Peters V.A. Medical Center in Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx.

Stephanie says:

 “My Papa was a proud member of the United States Army. He has used the resources at this VA Hospital countless times over the course of his adult life, most especially the last few years. He had a great fondness for his doctors at this hospital, and the care they provide to veterans.  When it came time to sell his house, he donated his elaborate book collection to the library at the hospital.  His last year or so, he unfortunately spent a bit of time as a patient here. He was so happy for the luck that came my way that brought me to Appaman and would love to hear stories about what was going on with the company and to look through the latest season’s catalogs with me! Sadly, my Papa passed away on June 8, 2013, but he would be so proud to have this donation given by Appaman to a place that means so much to him.”

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For more information on how you can volunteer or donate, visit the Bronx VA Center’s website.

 

Every holiday season, Appaman employees each get to select a charity of their choice to receive a donation. View all of 2014?s Five Weeks of Giving selections here.

Five Weeks of Giving 2014 – The Sarcoma Foundation of America

December 15, 2014 in Appaman News

Alyssa’s Pay it Forward is in honor of her high school friend Dan. This past year, Dan was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer. A successful surgery removed his kidney and the tumor around it. He underwent chemotherapy for eight months and has just returned to work!

Alyssa says:

“I have chosen The Sarcoma Foundation of America. The SFA supports sarcoma patients like Dan by funding research and increasing awareness of the disease. They also work with pharmaceutical companies to develop improved treatments and help with educating patients.

If you are looking for a place to donate to this holiday season, please support my friend Dan and others who are battling sarcoma.”

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.CureSarcoma.org/donate

Every holiday season, Appaman employees each get to select a charity of their choice to receive a donation. View all of 2014’s Five Weeks of Giving selections here.