Designers Raan and Shea Parton started Apolis out of their parents’ garage in 2004. Since then, the Santa Barbara-based brothers have partnered with manufacturers in Uganda, Peru, and Bangladesh—as well as the United States and Canada—to produce an ever-growing line of utilitarian-chic clothing and accessories. In 2011, the lifestyle brand opened its first dedicated retail space, Common Gallery. Part gallery, part shop, the downtown LA location hosts keynote speakers, films, and exhibitions.
The company’s guiding principle is that business can effect social change—and that creating opportunity is better than charity. The brothers Parton believe that clothing should be comfortable, functional, and simple. They’re big advocates of blurring the line between work and weekend when it comes to fashion. And, in addition to social responsibility, they’re focused on longevity: That sweater you buy today should get better with age—so you can pass it down to your kids.
Apolis (which means “global citizen”) also has a traveling Nomad Market, which has popped up in locations from Richmond, VA to Southampton, NY.