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 – New York Cares

December 12, 2014 in Appaman News

Erica’s choice for her Five Weeks of Giving donation is an organization called New York Cares.

Erica says:

“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.

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 Breast Cancer Research Foundation

December 8, 2014 in Appaman News

Kathleen would like to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving tradition.

Kathleen says:

“The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was founded by cosmetics executive Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993. Donations are used to fund clinical and genetic research on breast cancer, including trials for new drug treatments and research projects in vaccine development. This is an important charity to me because my great-grandmother & my grandmother from my mother’s side both passed away from breast cancer and there is a high risk of development for all females in my family.”

This donation will be made in memory of Kathleen’s grandmother, Mildred Behen Loehr.

For more information on this charity, please visit bcrfcure.org and consider them when giving this season.

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 – Citymeals

December 6, 2014 in Appaman News

Lynn’s charity of choice for Appaman’s annual Five Weeks of Giving is Citymeals.

Lynn says:

“As a young girl I remember going weekly with my mom to deliver meals on wheels in suburban Detroit.  At the time, I wasn’t aware of the impact and considered it just part of our routine.  I realize now that being included in this generous use of our time was a great life lesson.  I want to donate to Meals on Wheels as an adult, and in honor of my mom, who instilled in me the importance of giving back. Service to others is a wonderful lesson to teach our youth.”

Citymeals is one of the largest meals-on-wheels programs in the U.S.  They provide 2 million meals to 18,000 elderly New yorkers each year.  Beyond the nutritional value of the meals there is a human companionship value that is priceless.

Consider Citymeals in this season of giving. For more information, please visit citymeals.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.

Appaman’s 5 Weeks of Giving

December 3, 2014 in Appaman News

At Appaman we have a tradition of giving back. Every year, we honor our staff by letting them choose a charity and we donate to that charity in their name. This is a simple measure to thank both our staff and their charity of choice for all the hard work.

Check back in the coming days to see the different charities and their significance to our staff. This holiday season, consider some of our favorite charities when you are giving back yourself!
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Introducing…Kathleen!

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.

Team Appaman Takes a “Sick Day”

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!

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Welcome, Will! Meet Team Appaman’s Newest Member

August 20, 2014 in Appaman News

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It’s high time we introduce the newest member of the Appaman Team, who joined us this past spring as our head designer.

Meet Will Herrera, a native New Yorker who embodies the spirit of Appaman with his great style and love of a some important things: adventure, travel, and dogs. Will has been drawing and painting his whole life, and even used to create large scale murals (how cool is that?). So far, we’ve loved seeing his artistic skills (not to mention his years of fashion industry experience) shine as he dreams up new designs and sketches graphics for our boys’ collection.

Will is an awesome guy to have around the office, and it’s exciting to see the new vibe he is bringing to our line. We can’t wait to see his take on the Appaman aesthetic come to life in his first full collection, which will debut in Fall 2015. Get excited, Appaman fans — we think know you’ll love it, too.

Behind the Scenes: Intern Q&A with Danielle

August 12, 2014 in Appaman News, NYC

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an intern at Appaman HQ? For Part 2 of our Intern Q&A series, we sat down with Danielle, our helpful, responsible, and all around awesome summer intern, to find out what she thought of her time as our right-hand gal.

Danielle Civil, Production/Design Intern

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This is Danielle, she is very cool.

School: University of Delaware

Major: Apparel Design

Minor: Entrepreneurial Studies

Appaman: So, what was a typical day like at Appaman? Who did you work with the most? 

Danielle: I did a lot of different things. It was all over the place…in a good way! I worked with everyone in the office, in all of the departments.

A: Yeah, that is how things usually go here. You did a lot of work with Nicole on the production side. What kind of projects were you focused on?

D: I worked a lot with the samples for Spring/Summer 2015. I would measure the new samples as they came in and compare them to the technical specs, so we could see if the factory was making the style how they’re supposed to. We then took the most recent samples to fittings to see if the fit was right according to the specs, or if the specs needed to be changed to get the right fit.

A: What was your favorite thing that you worked on?

D: I liked seeing the whole development process. Measuring samples, making changes, going to fittings.

A: Did you do anything at Appaman that was different than what you’ve done in class?

D: It’s different than what you do in school. I got to touch on a lot of different “behind the scenes” work. I’d never done anything with wholesale or online sales, for example. I’d had a little production experience, but nothing in-depth.

A: What area of the fashion industry do you think you want to go into?

D: Design or production

A: Ok, now most importantly, what was it like working with Party Hat, our office dog, every day?

D: Awesome. He is so fluffy. [Appaman note: Correct answer, Danielle]

A: Do you have any advice for other students who are looking to intern in the fashion industry?

D: Look for something you like, not just the first or easiest internship to get. You want to see if you could see yourself working there or in a company like it. Also, start looking early so you’re not rushed to find something. Reach out directly to companies that you’re interested in, because they don’t always post internship openings. They might not need to.

Thanks, Danielle! You earned an A+

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.