Archive for January, 2010

The Amazing Multi-Purpose Papo Bags

Papo drawstring bags make packing easier.

There’s so much news this week. As you can see, our Spring 2010 collection is now online. I’m very proud of it and will be blogging about all sorts of topics related to the collection over the next few months.

Our trunk show season begins on February 22, so I wanted to take a minute to write about something that loyal trunk show customers know and love: the fabric drawstring bags that are used to pack most trunk show orders. Over the years, Papo fans have amassed their own collections of these bags, which in addition to being a fun way to make the orders feel more special, are extremely practical.

I’ve asked our trunk show hostesses for tips for how they use them. Here are some of their suggestions:

  • For traveling, either as dirty clothes bags or as a convenient way to separate each child’s clothing.
  • As a charming and easy gift wrap–just add a bow.
  • If you remove the drawstring, some sizes make perfect pillowcases.
  • Use the smaller bags for hair accessories or to keep socks, tights, and underwear separate from each other.
  • Medium sized bags are great for keeping sneakers or gym clothes in lockers.
  • Larger bags work well for storing clothes during the off season–add cedar balls to repel moths.
  • As a small purse.
  • As a travel tote for books, games, and crayons.
  • Great for toy storage, especially doll clothes and accessories.
  • As a dirty clothes hamper.

We are shipping Spring 2010 trunk show orders this month. If your order does not include a bag, please feel free to contact Customer Service at

Please feel free to include your own Papo bag tips!

Helping Haiti

I can’t believe that it has been almost two weeks since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Given that 45% of Haitians are younger than 15, this catastrophe is an enormous children’s crisis. That’s why we’re hoping that you will join us in donating money to the United Nations Children’s Fund, better known as UNICEF. They are on the ground in Haiti struggling to help children stay safe and to have access to food, water, and shelter.

In addition to supporting UNICEF, Papo d’Anjo is also sending clothing to The Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti in Illinois. If there are organizations in your town that are asking for supplies–anything from flip flops to aspirin to hand sanitzer–I’ve found that involving my children in getting and donating these items helps makes the needs of others more tangible for them.

The heart of every Papo d’Anjo employee goes out to the people of Haiti. Please post any suggestions you have for charitable organizations that are doing good work during this tragedy.

Sale Insider: Dressing Older Boys

Like most 12 and 13-year-old boys, my sons Patrick and Edward would probably prefer to spend their free time in track pants, sweatshirts, and sneakers. My husband, Pascal, firmly believes that while that look is fine for sports, it’s not a respectful way to dress when you are out in public.

But how do you convince older boys to buck the prevailing super casual trends? The way we have handled it in our house is to give Patrick and Edward a few options that satisfy both their desire for comfort and our standards. We let them choose whatever they want to wear from their closet–knowing that their options have already been edited.

What do my boys like? They live in Papo jeans, turtlenecks,  cashmere sweaters, soft wool socks, and leather tassel moccasins. Pascal also recently convinced them to take out their quilted jackets. There was some initial grumbling, but both Patrick and Edward soon realized how comfortable they are and now wear them every day.

Other little tweaks that can make a big difference include:  adding a belt to a pair of jeans; wearing a long-sleeved polo instead of a T-shirt; choosing fitted clothes instead of the baggy options that are so popular.

This week’s blog would not be complete without my mentioning the unspeakable tragedy in Haiti. Our hearts are with the people of this embattled nation. Next week’s blog will be about how to help our kids to get involved when these kinds of disasters strike, so if you have any tips or suggestions for aid agencies, please post them here.

Winter Sale Insider Tips

Now that our winter sale is in full swing, I wanted to give readers a few insider recommendations. One of my favorite new styles from the winter collection is the Pleated Liberty Tunic Dress. Because it is made of cotton, it can easily transition into spring and even early summer. Match it with a coordinating headband, and you’ve got an outfit that will work beautifully for school or a special family event at a significantly reduced price.

Other unique girls’ items that your daughter will love to wear even when the days get warmer include: Liberty Peter Pan Blouses, Pleated Blouses, and the A-Line Party Dresses in silk taffeta. Throughout the year my sons live in the Twill Overalls, Twill Chinos, Twill Jeans, and our classic Long Sleeved Polos.

Finally, why not get yourself a special treat? Papo d’Anjo trunk show hostesses have long known that our luxurious Cashmere Scarves looks as great on moms as they do on children.

Happy Shopping!

Three Kings Day

One of the most important winter holidays in Portugal is Three Kings Day, or Dia dos Reis. It’s celebrated on January 6 and commemorates when the three kings–Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar–visited the infant Jesus. In the English speaking world it’s called the Feast of the Epiphany.

On this special day,  children across the country wear paper crowns at school and eat bolo rei, the traditional Portuguese Christmas cake. In the countryside, locals get together and walk from house to house singing songs and asking for food. The custom is sort of like trick or treating, but with cholesterol-heavy foods instead of candy.

I hope your 2010 is off to a great start. Please check out our winter sale, where Papo classics are being offered at significantly reduced prices.

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