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Advocacy Through Industry, with Raan and Shea Parton, Apolis Global

Advocacy Through Industry, with Raan and Shea Parton, Apolis Global

Apolis means “global citizen.” The company is a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide via access to the global marketplace. Brothers Shea and Raan Parton grew up privileged in Southern California. To ensure that the boys would have a better understanding of reality, their parents provided Raan and Shea with the opportunity to travel a great deal. Seeing how the rest of the world operates afforded the boys a perspective shift, and this early experience of diverse cultures made them comfortable enough to eventually move from the passive role of traveler or tourist to participant: “The most rich way to experience places or cultures is to be working there and to be part of it.” The Parton brothers had already started shipping their first orders as a side project while Shea was still in high school and Raan in college. After graduation, they moved to Los Angeles and the business became their full-time endeavor. Raan and Shea created Apolis—meaning “global ci

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