Success Story for:
Armi Rhodes of APOY Clothing Line
There is a new product on the market that was the brainchild of one of our clients Armi Rhodes. It’s a new athletic style shirt called “Own the Cold”, and you may not have heard about it yet, but you will.
Armi Rhodes is the creator of the unique athletic wear which has mittens sewn onto the sleeves of the garment. Her idea has grown from something that she created for her own kids into her very own business, the APOY Clothing Line.
Rhodes, who recently retired from Fort Campbell after 20 years as an Army nurse, said the idea came to her when her kids, who are members of the Clarksville Soccer Club, were playing an early morning game in Kentucky.
The temperature was around 40 degrees and she said most of the youngsters didn’t have gloves. She said the kids told her that they had either forgotten them or they had lost them and she thought, “Wouldn’t it be a great idea to sew the mittens on their shirts?”
“I need it myself personally, my kids need it personally, my team needs it, so I decided to get some fabric because I know how to sew a little bit and see how it works before I proceeded with the concept,” Rhodes said.
When the weather is warmer, the mittens on the shirt are designed to fold inside the sleeve out of the way. The front of the shirt also has a pocket with two openings on either side where the hands can be placed.
As she began to start up her business Rhodes approached the office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Austin Peay State University. Small Business Specialist Len Stolz guided Rhodes in the process of starting her business.
The company’s name, APOY, comes from the first letter of the names of each of her family members. Armi, her husband Paul, and their two children, son, Osiris and daughter, Ynessa. Rhodes added that APOY is also the Filipino word for fire.
Adult sizes of the shirts will soon be available which will benefit parents on the sidelines and in the stands at soccer and football games. Rhodes said she has also heard from walkers, runners and other outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in having the shirts.