Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Love 146

December 24, 2013 in Appaman News

The next charity chosen for our annual Five Weeks of Giving program is a pick from Jenna, a foundation called Love 146, which is dedicated to ending child trafficking and exploitation.

According to the organization,”Love is the foundation of our name because it is our motivating drive to end the trafficking and exploitation of children. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.’ We hold that to be true.”

Jenna says, “I was first introduced to this foundation through my church who is a big supporter of this cause. It’s something that most people do not give a second thought to as a real issue in the world. The more I work with children and spend time with my niece and nephew the more children are brought to the forefront of my mind. When I heard about this issue the thought was so appalling, and I couldn’t believe this was still a relevant problem. I am so lucky to live among family and friend who deeply love and care for their children. I wish that same love to be shown to children all around the world. This foundation is working hard to abolish the trafficking and enslavement of children through survivor care, prevention education, professional training and empowering movement.”

Learn more at Love416.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – UNICEF

December 20, 2013 in Appaman News

Susan’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is an organization beloved by many: The United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.

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UNICEF is an influential organization that works in 190 countries on behalf of children’s wellbeing. They believe that nurturing children is the cornerstone of human progress and work on a grassroots level to  help communities overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

According to UNICEF: “Ending preventable child deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy. It means giving newborns a safe delivery, the ability to breathe in the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment to avoid stunting. It means newborns are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV. And it means protecting children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with vaccines, bednets, and antibiotics. “

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – United Cerebral Palsy Association

December 16, 2013 in Appaman News

Erica’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

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Erica says,

“The United Cerebral Palsy Association was founded in 1949 by Leonard Goldenson. When UCP was established there were very few resources available to those with disabilities. Since it’s inception UCP has served to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy while providing support for people with disabilities and their families. UCP is committed to improving the quality of life of those with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities. This is a cause that is dear to me, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the United Cerebral Palsy Association during our 5 weeks of giving.”

For more information about the Association, visit their website at www.ucp.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Skin Cancer Foundation

December 11, 2013 in Appaman News

And now, it’s time for Alyssa’s pick for Appaman’s annual Five Weeks of Giving program, where each Appaman employee choose a charity close to their hearts to receive a holiday donation.

Alyssa’s choice is the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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ABOUT THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION:

Since the start of the Skin Cancer Foundation in 1979, the organization has set a standard for the education and the prevention of skin cancer. They stress the importance of early detection and prompt treatment.

According to the foundation, “Each year in the U.S. there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Almost 9,000 people die from melanoma in the U.S. every year. Nonmelanoma cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma have reached critical levels, with squamous cell carcinoma killing 2,500 people each year.”

Alyssa says, “Right now I have a close family friend fighting melanoma and I personally get skin cancer screenings every six months, following my doctors orders. Hopefully with the outreach that the Skin Cancer Foundation has and the work they do in educating people on the dangers of improper sun exposure they can help make the number of diagnosed skin cancer cases continuously decrease.”

For more information, visit www.skincancer.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Hour Children

December 4, 2013 in Appaman News

It’s time to highlight the next charity chosen by an Appaman staffer as part of our annual Five Weeks of Giving.

This week’s pick comes from our production manager, Nicole, who chose Hour Children in Long Island City, Queens.

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ABOUT HOUR CHILDREN

Founded more than 25 years ago, Hour Children was named to acknowledge the important hours that shape the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of his mother’s arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of her release.

The organization’s vision is to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. Their mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect.

Nicole says, “The head quarters of the organization is on my block and I have come to be familiar with the children, mothers, and volunteers over the past seven years. The organization has grown in this time by upgrading their thrift shop and building new housing for the families involved in the program.It is an inspiring organization that is helping improve the lives of children and their families in our community.”

For more information, visit www.hourchildren.org.

Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Why Hunger

November 27, 2013 in Appaman News

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is underway. Every year, each staff member has the opportunity to choose a charity that means something to them, and Appaman makes a donation in the employee’s name.

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Doing a little something extra for others is our favorite way to get into the holiday season. We hope you’ll get on board and be encouraged to donate to a cause that is important to you. Need inspiration? We’ll be providing some info about each organization chosen by the Appaman staff members, so check back each week to learn about which causes are important to us.

Our first charity, chosen by Lynn Husum, is Why Hunger.

ABOUT WHY HUNGER

It is truly a shame that in 2013 there are people suffering from hunger in our own backyards. To help end this tragic reality Lynn will donate her Five Weeks of Giving weeks of giving to WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon campaign.

WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

For 28 years, WhyHunger has been challenging the idea that anyone should go hungry and changing the way we nourish our country through Hungerthon, an annual radio campaign to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in America. Hungerthon 2013 will help more families secure healthy, affordable food and invest in more long-term sustainable solutions to end hunger than ever before.

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Behind the Scenes at Appaman: Susan’s Sketchbooks

October 10, 2013 in Appaman News, New This Season

Susan Kay, hard at work!

Susan Kay, hard at work!

Susan Kay is our ultra-talented designer that’s responsible for taking the Appaman aesthetic and turning it into a fashion-forward, cohesive collection with cool and wearable pieces. We asked her to share some pages from her sketchbook so our fans could take a peek behind the scenes into her creative process and see where some of their favorite Fall/Winter 2013 pieces began.

There are many steps involved in design and production, starting with Susan’s initial meetings with Harald, where they discuss looks that inspire them, favorite vintage styles, and upcoming trends they love. Lynn weighs in with feedback from buyers about what our customers like and styles they want to see.

Check out Appaman’s Pinterest page to see what inspires us this season 

In the meantime, Susan begins to sketch, and the ideas start to come to life. She draws out croquis (fashion sketches of outfits) and individual pieces to visualize the garments and establish the look of the season. She experiments with different designs she has in mind and adds notes about the detailing.

Most of the styles will undergo lots of revisions before they go to production (if they make it that far), so it’s always fun to look back on the process and see the origins of some of our favorite pieces…

  • Here’s an early sketch of a modern, casual cheerleader-inspired look, which pairs a stylized varsity jacket with a pleated skirt and knit hat. Our collection features this style in the form of the Varsity Bomber with quilted stitching, the Box Pleat Skirt, and Tilly Hat.
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The final product

  • For boys, Susan imagined a preppy vintage cardigan, inspired by letter sweaters and classic Ivy League style. We ended up with the Thompson Cardigan, which looks updated and modern with our Skinny Twill Pants.
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This look was practically custom-made for our model, Daniel

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Lots of revisions, but we think it turned out OK :)

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No one rocks a parka and a scowl quite like Jaden

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Every girl’s best bud

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Can you spot the difference?

For more behind the scenes fun straight from Appaman HQ, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Summer’s Last Day at Appaman HQ

June 14, 2013 in Appaman News

Today is a bittersweet day at Appaman HQ as we bid farewell to a much beloved member of our team as she takes the next step in her career. Summer Walker, our amazing production manager, is moving on to follow her dream full time, and we would be crushed if we weren’t SO DARN EXCITED for her and all the plans she has in the works. (We can’t wait to spill the beans when it’s time!)

Summer has been an integral part of Appaman’s success over the past five years, working right along side Lynn and Harald to grow the company into what it is today. Everyone from our sales reps and boutique owners to our factories and shipping companies has worked with Summer and knows what an awesome lady she is – warm, friendly, with business savvy to boot. In addition to her professional expertise, she has grace and moxie in spades and truly epitomizes the adventurous spirit that Appaman is all about.

Appaman HQ will not be the same in Summer’s absence, but we know that this is just the beginning of a long and successful career, so we’re smiling.

(Plus, she promised to come hang out with us later.)

Adieu, Summer, and come back soon for another Pizza Friday!

Fun fact: Summer also has amazing hair

Fun fact: Summer also has amazing hair

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…

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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

(click through to read the full Q & A)

 

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Meet Jenna, the Newest Member of Team Appaman

May 2, 2013 in Appaman News

Oh, hey, Jenna!

Oh, hey, Jenna!

Back in January, Appaman HQ grew by one more. This is Jenna Timmermann, who came to NYC by way of Fort Worth, Texas. And can we just say, are we ever glad she decided to come up north. She’s smart, funny, incredibly organized, and a great addition to our staff. (She also says “y’all” a lot, which we just love.)

Jenna works side-by-side with Alyssa (literally, their desks are right next to each other) and together, they form an ultra-organized, rag-tag duo that works with our boutique wholesale accounts and our reps around the country. You may also meet Jenna at the showroom, or in the Appaman booth at one of the trade shows — she is a wiz at planning and making sure that the Appaman sales team is prepped with everything they need.

Great to have you on board, Jenna!