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.

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.

2nd Annual Gowanus Grand Prix 2013

December 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Another year, another great time had by Appaman and friends at the Second Annual Gowanus Grand Prix. This year, 20 slot car racing teams competed in the tournament, headed by none other than Appaman co-founder (and all around awesome guy),  Trackmaster Harald Husum. All proceeds from the event went to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, and thanks to our sponsors, Halyard’s Bar (for the cool and friendly venue), Izze (for tasty beverages), Skinny Pop (for awesome healthy snacks), Whole Foods (for delicious sandwiches), and Tattly (for THE best temporary tattoos we’ve ever seen), the event was a huge success! Another thanks to our friends and fans for coming out to Brooklyn on a chilly Sunday morning and bringing the fun. We couldn’t have done it without your great attitudes, generosity, and (lest we forget) your mad racing skills.

We’re already excited for next year! Scroll down to see photos from the event (click to enlarge).

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Congrats to the winning team, the Grossman Boys! It was a tight race, but they triumphed. 

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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.

Introducing…Erica!

December 1, 2013 in 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.