Karen Appel and Jody Frank became fast friends when they met playing softball at the age of 9 in their hometown of San Diego.
Both moved to San Francisco after college, and continued to grow their friendship and mutual love of a different sport – shopping! They soon found they preferred shopping from local designers and artists. After hosting a shopping party at Karen's apartment in 2003 with 8 designers and a handful of guests, they saw an opportunity to bring independent designers together with fashion-savvy women in San Francisco. This successful event, along with their passion to foster the design community and expose independent designers, led to the creation of their company, Appel & Frank.
Karen and Jody have more than 20 years of combined experience in public relations, marketing and advertising.
Appel & Frank has hosted a shopping series in San Francisco since 2003 and is launching in Portland in June, 2012. Additionally, they host Babes & Babies events complete with shopping, information and resources for moms and moms-to-be across the entire Bay Area.