Harald and Lynn Husum of Appaman on Starting Up: Don’t be scared; If you don’t try you’ll never know


July 26, 2019 – Thrive Global –  had the pleasure to interview Harald and Lynn Husum. Harald and Lynn are the co-founders and CEO/CCO of the children’s clothing line Appaman. Launched in 2003, Appaman is a successful children’s clothing business known for its expert tailoring, style, and casual hip attitude complete with trendy styles and playful prints.

Thank you so much for joining us Harald and Lynn.Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

My wife, Lynn and I were having breakfast at Veselka in the East Village, when I saw a dad and his son walk by. The dad was wearing a cool band tee while the boy was sporting your typical cartoon. I thought, why can’t the kid wear something like the band tee? Given I had recently been laid off from my graphic design job, now was the perfect time to indulge in my idea to create an irreverent line of tee shirts for kids, inspired by my love of American Pop Culture and street art. That’s how Appaman all started.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?

I would say meeting my production partner Linda at a children’s clothing trade show. She was just starting out as were we. We were one of the first brands to be produced in her factory and she was our first factory partner — we’re still with her today! Together we helped each other’s businesses grow. She and I also brainstormed what was missing in the children’s clothing space and a slim fit tailored suit was born. Our Mod Suit is one of our most sought after styles still to this day.

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