Why the red cross stitch?

One of Apolis' core values since its inception has been that of equality - which in our context means that we care just as much about the hands that make our products as the hands that use our products. Several years ago, our friends at Lonelyleap helped us create a short film titled Common Thread, which depicts some of the people who manufacture our products. The film ends with one of our Los Angeles sewers finishing up the cross-stitch detail on an Apolis T-shirt; he’s actually wearing a shirt with the same cross stitch as well. To us, this part of the film reminds us of our underlying belief that humanity has a common thread. The craftsmen and women who make Apolis products are just as important as the people who buy our products. We all depend on each other – and we hope this small cross stitch is a subtle metaphor for this mutually overlapping relationship. Without great craftsmen and women, there would be no quality products. Without people wanting quality products, there would be no work for these craftsmen and women. In short, the cross stitch symbolizes the common thread that connects all global citizens, regardless of where they come from.

What does your logo represent?

Our creative director Raan Parton designed our logo in college with the simple idea of creating one design which serves two purposes. The eagle represents industry, and when you turn the logo upside down, you’ll see a candle representing advocacy. Industry. Although Apolis is heavily inspired by philanthropy, we are a for-profit social enterprise in which our customers act as benefactors, allowing Apolis to grow as a sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising support. We’ve found this model of social business to be the most valuable and effective way to accomplish our long-term goal of being a lifestyle brand that strives to transform communities worldwide. Advocacy. It’s clear that companies donating their proceeds is an effective way to serve struggling communities, but we believe there’s a way to go even further by advocating for impoverished communities to have fair access to the global marketplace and by fostering opportunity by creating jobs. Apolis co-designs select products with artisans from communities all over the globe, bringing their product and story to a wider audience and stronger market. Consumers play an integral role in this process, as they seek to know who’s actually making their products and then choosing to support products which benefit and empower the communities that make them. We believe our model of “Advocacy Through Industry” is a practical, sustainable way to harness the power of business to create social change (view Advocacy Impact). This model boils down to the simple idea that people benefit when we focus on creating long-term opportunity through jobs instead of merely alleviating poverty in the short-term. We love the idea of business being a way of improving people's lives, and you can learn more about Apolis' B-corp certified model for social impact here.

Is Apolis a non-profit?

No, we believe that our model of “Advocacy Through Industry” is an effective way of creating jobs in the global marketplace. When all people in the world have access to the same global marketplace and can support themselves with work and commerce, then we have the opportunity to create a society where people can not only survive, but thrive. Throughout the years, we have been able to track the impact that our business model has had on people in developing countries, click here to see how business is improving the lives of people all around the world.

Why so much talk about the Market Bag?

To us, the Market Bag is a product that does well to represent what Apolis is all about. The whole project started when Apolis co-founder Raan Parton had the idea to make a waterproof grocery bag, and has become a line that has sold over 100,000 units. These sales have translated directly into jobs, healthcare and security for a group of mothers working at our factory in Bangladesh. It has been amazing to see how our two companies have grown in direct correlation with each other. When we are able, we speak with them over the phone and it is always a positive force in our lives to see the attitudes that our partners in Bangladesh carry with them every day. Through the Market Bag, along with our line of products from Bangladesh, we have been able to provide over four years of work to mothers in Bangladesh. The linear job creation arc of the Market Bag is something that we strive to have in all Apolis products. We are pleased that every person can now take part in this story in a way that is personal, by creating a Customized Market Bag.

Why is my size sold out?

It is incredibly important to us that the products made by Apolis are produced in the most ethical way. This means that we are subject to limited quantities of fabric, materials and labor. Each garment or accessory that we make is a limited run, with specific quantities of what we think will match people’s sizes, wants and needs. Standard items, like t-shirts and chinos, are ordered on a rolling basis. So if your size is not in stock now, it will be in the future. Specific collection items are made as a part of a limited collection, which means once they are sold out they may not be restocked. If there is a specific product that you would like to see in stock, you can sign up for e-mail alerts for that particular product on the product page.