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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.”
For more information, visit www.akilahinstitute.org.
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.
”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.”
For more information on how you can volunteer or donate, visit the Bronx VA Center’s website.
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!
“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
December 12, 2014 in Appaman News
Erica’s choice for her Five Weeks of Giving donation is an organization called New York Cares.
“New York Cares was founded in the 1980s with a focus on social services. They have grown to become NYC’s largest volunteer management organization. A fraction of the services offered include tutoring, college preparation, adult education, job training, community projects, coat drives, and environmental projects. They run volunteer projects for about 1,300 public schools, nonprofit organizations, and city agencies. I am pleased to donate to an organization that does so much to support at-risk individuals and communities throughout New York.”
Please consider New York Cares in this season of giving. For more information, you can visit newyorkcares.org.
November 25, 2014 in Appaman News
It’s time to introduce Team Appaman’s newest member: production manager Kathleen Reardon. An 8-year New Yorker by way of Kansas, Kathleen has been interested in fashion since she learned how to hold scissors, a skill she acquired in order to make her own paper doll clothes.
Today, Kathleen is still using those finely-tuned coordination and logistical skills to turn Appaman designs from creative ideas into actual products you can shop for, buy, and wear. As our in-house production manager, Kathleen works behind the scenes to make sure that the fabrics are dyed & woven, garments are sewn, design & fit adjustments are made, and that the completed garments are labeled and packed on freighters or planes on time to be shipped across the ocean to our warehouse, where they’ll be distributed to stores around the country.
When she’s not busy making fashion magic happen, Kathleen likes traveling, hiking, cooking, crafting, home decorating, going to baseball games, and — naturally — shopping. We love having her around the office for her positive attitude and her ability to tackle any kind of project that comes her way. We also like the constant supply of candy she keeps in her desk, but that’s really just an extra bonus.
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.
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!
September 23, 2014 in Appaman News
Team Appaman has been working hard, so this week, Lynn and Harald arranged a “mandatory sick day” so the staff could get out and about in nature together. Yesterday, we shut down the office, packed up the cars and headed up to Stormville to play hookey and take in the beauty of upstate New York in the fall.
Yes, we may be city folk, but the whole group had a great time getting out of the hustle and bustle of NYC, relaxing, and recharging our batteries together. Even Party Hat, our trusty mascot, came along!
Check out some of our photos: