Archive for August, 2009

Papo d’Anjo trunk show customers are helping children around the world

Catherine Monteiro de Barros, CEO of Papo d' Anjo, Melania Trump, Leslie Heaney, and Barron Trump attend the 18th Annual The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Bunny Hop at FAO Schwartz on March 3, 2009 in New York City.

Catherine Monteiro de Barros, CEO of Papo d' Anjo, Melania Trump, Leslie Heaney, and Barron Trump attend the 18th Annual Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Bunny Hop at FAO Schwartz on March 3, 2009 in New York City.

Last January I was  surrounded by our adorable models who were dressed and ready to go for my 50th photo shoot when  a nagging sense of purposelessness managed to cast a shadow over the day. How long, I wondered,  can one follow a life’s ambition without losing sight of one’s original purpose?

Designing and making children’s clothing came to me naturally. Having four of my own children to dress was very handy. I never thought of being an entrepreneur, I just became one.  I have been blessed with doing what I love, giving people pride in their work and providing a chance for my customers to dress their children well.

Yet, I somehow forgot that when I started this business as a young American mother living in a strange land, one of my main hopes and dreams was to be able to fund local children’s causes with the proceeds of my business venture.

Philanthropy is an integral part of America’s ethos and history.  As an American, I wanted to give something back, not only to my loyal customers who have understood what Papo d’Anjo is about, but also to those less fortunate.

Papo d’Anjo’s 2009 “A Time to Give” initiative was born during that photo shoot.  At our Fall 2009 season trunk shows, we told our customers that we would donate 10% of the total value of their order to a local, national or international charity of their choice.

The response was overwhelming. We ended up donating well over $120,000 to over 200 charities–including a $60,000 gift to Memorial Sloan-Kettering  Hospital Children’s Ward.  I am incredibly proud that during a time when most charities were experiencing  severe downturns in donations, Papo d’Anjo and our trunk show customers were able to step in and help. 

Here are the other charities that received donations from Papo d’Anjo:

180 Turning Lives Around
Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation
All Church Home for Children
Allendale Association
Ally’s House Charity
American Cancer Society
ARTS (A Reason to Survive)
Atlanta Youth Acadamies
Baby Buggy
Baby Health Service
Baltimore School for the Arts
Beacon Hill Nursery School
Beauvoir School
Beyond Batten Foundation
Big Oak Ranch
Birth Haven Inc.
Black Forest Academy, Germany
Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee
Boys & Girls Club of Chicago Guild Board
Boys & Girls Club of Fort Worth
Boys & Girls Club of Huntsville
Boys & Girls Club of Salem
Boys & Girls Club Of Wake County
Boys & Girls Club San Francisco
Camp Bridges
Camp Smile A Mile
Cardinal Glennon
Care Center
Carver Center
Centerstone’s Therapeutic Preschool
Central Christian School
Chai Lifeline
Child Advocates of Tarrant County (CASA)
Child Development Center
Children for Children
Children of Shelters
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Children’s Bereavement Center
Children’s Bureau
Children’s Dance Foundation
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Hospital of Boston
Children’s Hospital of St. Louis
Children’s Hospital Trust
Children’s Institute
Children’s Learning Institute
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Children’s Medical Research Institute
Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago
Children’s Museum of Memphis
Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s Shelter of San Antonio
Christmas Charities
Citizen’s Caring for Children
City Harvest
Claire Altman Heine Foundation
Coach Art
Council for Life
Covenant House
CPC Behavioural Healthcare
CPMC Children’s Cancer Center
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dallas CASA for Children
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Dexter School
Down Syndrome Association of St. Louis
Elan Circle, Dallas Symphony Orch. League
Emmet O’Neal Library, Children’s Dept.
Epiphany School
Exchange Club of Memphis
Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland
Family Center Inc
Flagler Home at St. Joseph’s Villa
Florence Crittenton Center
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Franciscan Center
Freedom School Program
Friends of Audubon Elementary School
Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Full Circle Grief Center
George Mark Children’s House
Gillen Brewer School
Girls Inc. – Columbus Girls Inc of Columbus
Global Education Fund
Hendrick Marrow Program
Henry House Foundation
Heroes for Children
Hill House, Boston
Holy Cross Parish Church
Horizons for Homeless Children
House of Hope
Huntsville Hospital Angels for Children
Infant Crisis Services
Infant Welfare Lake Forest Chapter
Interfaith Housing Coalition
International Hospital for Children
J 19 Fund for Carson Leslie
JDRF, New York
JDRF, Alabama
JDRF, Maryland
Jenny’s Light
Jimmy Everest Cancer Center
Joslin Clinic – Pediatrics
Julia Ann Singer Center
Junior League of Birmingham
Junior League of Memphis
Just Detention International
Kids Across America
Kids in Crisis
Lake Forest Hospital Women’s Board
Lakeshore Foundation
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – National Capital Area Chapter
Libertae Inc.
Little Sisters of the Assumption
Lord of Life Luthern Christian Montessori School
Make a Child Smile Foundation
Make a Wish Foundation of Huntsville
Make a Wish Foundation of Chicago
Make a Wish Foundation of Oklahoma
Make a Wish Foundation, Greater Bay Area
Making Books Sing
Mandell School
March of Dimes
Massachusetts General Hospital
Maternity Care Coalition
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Dept. Of Pediatrics
Methodist Home for Children
Monmouth Day Care Center
MS Society
Nashville Children’s Theater
Nashville Humane
National Down Syndrome Society
New Profit, Inc.
Night of Jade
NY Presbyterian Hospital Pediatric
Oak Hill Academy
Oak Ranch
One Voice
Otsar Early Childhood Center
Our Lady of Grace
Park Street Elementary School
Partnership for Children’s Dental Health
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center
Paul’s Place
Piedmont Hospital (NICU)
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
Police Athletic League
Presbyterian Night Shelter
Rape & Sexual Abuse Center (R Sac)
Reach out and Read
Resurrection Episcopal Day School
Rise School of Dallas
Ronald McDonald House, Dallas
Ronald McDonald House, Long Island
Ronald McDonald House, Wilmington
Room to Grow
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
Ryan House
Sanctuary for Families
Savannah Country Day School
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research & Fdn.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Mile Development, Inc.
Serviam Girls Academy
Sleepy Hollow School
Smile Train
Spruce Street Nursery School
St. Joseph´s School
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Simons Community Church
St. Thomas Day School – In honor of Kathryn Calhoun
Storyteller Children’s Center
Stuart House – The Rape Treatment Center
Studio by the Tracks
TC Thompson Children’s Hospital
Telfair Museum of Art
The Bell Center for Early Intervention
The Bone Marrow Foundation
The Brick Church School
The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Center of Detroit
The Children’s Home Society of Virginia
The Children’s Hospital Fdn. of Philadelphia
The Dalton School
The Gladwyne Montessori School
The Home Foundation
The Mt. Brook City Schools Foundation
The Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center
The Warm Place
Ukrainian Children’s Aid and Relief Effort
United Family Services
University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital
Veritas Classical Christian School
W.O. Smith Music School
Wakemed – Pediatric Department
Wenham Museum
Westchester Children’s Museum
Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital
World Wild Life Fund
Yellowstone Academy
Raleigh YMCA
YWCA of Birmingham

What do teenagers wear?

military jacket

Like many young women their age, my teenage daughters Camilla and Tati buy their clothes at trendy stores like Zara, The Gap, and Urban Outfitters.  But there are a few items they wear from my collections, including the Wool Military Coat in this photograph. In fact, I created it when Tati told me that she wanted a military-style coat, but couldn’t find one she liked.

With Tati’s input, I chose high end fabrics in shades that I thought were fashionable yet still youthful.  Then I gave the coats a twist by lining each color with a coordinating Liberty print.  I’m happy to report that both Camilla and Tati are looking forward to wearing them once the cool weather arrives.

In addition to the Military Coat, my daughters also love the Monteria boots; more than a few mothers have told us that they do as well. Classsics such as the Cable Cashmere Cardigan and the Liberty Tati Blouse still get closet space,  as do the Pleated Flannel Dress and the Striped Wool Scarves. I also designed the Smocked Liberty Jersey Dress and Smocked Jersey Top  to appeal to older girls. 

Of course at Camilla and Tati’s ages, part of the fun of fashion is making your own choices. While that has certainly resulted in some outfits that I don’t understand, it makes me happy that both my daughters have an appreciation for classic style.

I’m curious about how other mothers of teenagers have navigated their daughters’ clothing choices.  Do you have any influence over what they wear?



The first time I visited Portugal, I was enchanted by the gorgeous multicolored tiles adorning the interiors and exteriors of churches, town halls, palaces, and even ordinary homes. Called azulejos, these tiles were first introduced to Portugal by the Moors during the 15th century.

The Portuguese kings decided they liked how the Moors used the tiles’ geometric patterns to decorate floors and walls and decreed that they needed to be produced in Portugal. The new tradition flourished and less than a century later, Flemish and Portuguese artisans added their own twist to the craft when they began creating huge panels depicting religious and historical scenes.

Both traditions continue to this day, not only because the tiles are so beautiful but also because they insulate homes from the damp Portuguese winters and sweltering summers.

Over the years I have set many Papo d’Anjo photo shoots against some of the country’s most lovely azulejos. I’ve also installed them in every  home we have lived in as well as the Papo d’Anjo boutique at Harrods flagship store in London.  If you are interested in using azulejos to decorate your own home, the best place to purchase both new and antique tiles is Ceramica de Bicesse outside Lisbon.

There are many online resources where you can see these treasures. But if you ever visit Portugal, here are a few places that my husband, Pascal, and I love most:



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