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MEET THE DESIGNER: APOLIS

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Raan and Shea Parton SHOP ALL
“It’s kind of funny—my brother and I aren’t interested in the fashion industry at all,” explains Raan Parton (left), who runs the California-based company Apolis along with his younger sibling, Shea (right). “My father had a building company in Santa Barbara when we were growing up, and we would work for him in the summers. I was drawn to the craft of how houses are made, and I think it was because of this interest in the product and the craft that we found ourselves in the fashion industry... READ MORE

“It’s kind of funny—my brother and I aren’t interested in the fashion industry at all,” explains Raan Parton (left), who runs the California-based company Apolis along with his younger sibling, Shea (right). “My father had a building company in Santa Barbara when we were growing up, and we would work for him in the summers. I was drawn to the craft of how houses are made, and I think it was because of this interest in the product and the craft that we found ourselves in the fashion industry.”

And while Apolis isn’t exactly anti-fashion, the mission is clear: Create great menswear using the most compelling producers out there, whether they be in Italy, Cambodia, or Los Angeles, where the Apolis studio is located. “We’re definitely a for-profit business, but we look for different supply-chain partners,” Raan explains. “We’ve worked with some super technical factories that work with luxury brands, and then we’ve worked with women who hand-knit on a dirt floor. They’re all incredibly impressive.” So much time, energy, and thought goes into every piece that Apolis makes—from chambray swim trunks to indigo-dyed wool coats—and creativity is always on tap. This year, they hope to open their first brick-and-mortar retail space, and they have all kinds of plans for increasing their points of production—no doubt creating some really killer (and thoughtful) new products in the process. —erica


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