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?

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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!

Artist Capsule Collection: AVONE for Appaman Spring Summer 2013

March 13, 2013 in Appaman News, New This Season, NYC

Every season, we join forces with local graffiti style street artists to create our Artist Capsule Collection. This season’s designs come from AVONE, the artist who inspired our very first ACC, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. His new series is inspired by the many historic and iconic landmarks of NYC, and his unique take on New York really shines through in his work.

AVONE, the artist behing the Spring 2013 Artist Capsule Collection, visits Appaman HQ

AVONE, the artist behing the Spring 2013 Artist Capsule Collection, visits Appaman HQ

Recently, AVONE stopped by to visit Appaman HQ and signed our evolving graffiti board. So even if we sell out of everyone of his awesome t-shirts, he has forever left his mark here at Appaman!

AVONE’s current collection features three unique styles: the Train Tee, the World Fair Tee, and the Williamsburg Bridge Tee. Each is available in two different colors. Shop the collection now on Appaman.com or from one of our retailers. 

available at appaman.com

Now available at appaman.com

Introducing…Erica!

February 1, 2013 in Appaman News, 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.

Welcome aboard the Appaman train

November 12, 2012 in Appaman News

Katie Luscombe, a lovely midwestern gal with a quirky sense of humor, incredible talents in nail art, baby naming, and impressive journalistic talents has officially joined Team Appaman. She runs our online division bringing fun social media, great customer service and online e-commerce charm.

We have been lucky enough to know Katie for a few years from her background in the children’s industry and when a position opened up, we pounced. This post is long overdue, but since Katie typically does them and she is that kind of humble gal, it didn’t get done. So please give a warm welcome to Katie when you get a minute.

Pictured above: Katie (L); Katie as Effie Trinket (R)

Hurricane Sandy

October 30, 2012 in Appaman News, NYC

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