Archive for February, 2010

Special Times Call for Special Outfits

My daughter Camilla at her First Communion.

I first got the idea to create made-to-order clothing when my daughters were asked to be flower girls in my friends’ weddings. While I had no shortage of beautiful party dresses at the ready, I realized that my custom-made designs were truly special because they not only fit perfectly but were also extremely unique.

Since then Papo d’Anjo has been producing these bespoke–the British term for custom-made clothing–for special occasions including Baptisms, Weddings, First Communions, and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Customers can choose from a carefully edited assortment of my favorite designs and fabrics that I sourced from the finest mills in Europe.  I’ve selected gorgeous of French piques, delicate organzas, silk taffetas, Italian linens and luxurious cotton velvets.

Since many First Communions happen on or around Easter, I wanted to mention that the deadline for these special outfits is March 1. To receive our Bespoke Brochure, complete with fabric swatches, or to speak to one of our dedicated Bespoke specialists please call:
USA Toll Free Number – 888 660 6111
UK Toll Free Number – 0808 238 9889
Ireland Toll Free Number – 1800 456 125
Rest of Europe: Lisbon Office Number – + 351 21 324 6309
or email us at

In other news, our Fall 2010 trunk show season is getting underway. We have over 100 trunk shows across the United States. If you would like to attend a show or host one of your own, please contact Sybil Heine at

Bergdorf’s Goes Papo

Last week Bergdorf Goodman opened Little BG, the luxury department store’s completely new children’s clothing shop. It’s beautiful and I couldn’t be more delighted that Bergdorf has chosen Papo d’Anjo as its primary line.

Many of the traditional Papo classics, including Liberty-print party dresses, A-line seersucker dresses, cashmere sweaters, and striped polos are among the items in stock. I’ve also designed a collection of silk voile party dresses especially for the store.

If you are in New York City, please visit Bergdorf Goodman on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. Little BG is on the seventh floor. I’d love to hear what you think of the collection.

Insider Travel Tips: The Medieval Charm of Obidos

We shot the Spring 2010 calendar in Obidos, a Medieval city just over an hour north of Lisbon. Set high on a hill, much of Obidos’  charm lies in the fact that it’s a walled city where walking the streets feels like you’ve stepped back in time.

Over the years I’ve shot many of my catalogs in this beautiful town because it combines  a lot of what I most appreciate about Portugal in terms of both architecture and color.  I can always count on the village for a wide array of traditional backgrounds of houses painted in traditional white with blue-trimmed windows and either green, brown or red doors.

At the same time, Obidos has a relaible amount of grand architecture in the form of stunning old churches and marble columned municipal buildings dating from the 18th century. Obidos also has many ochre  painted window and door frames. When combined with the fuschia colored bougainvillea that spills over the walls, the city provides a great contrast for the clothes I design. It is really a feast for the eyes–especially because the Portuguese light provides a glowing finishing touch.

The only challenge with Obidos is that it’s extremely popular with tourists. Before we shoot our calendars, I’m always careful to make sure that there aren’t any Portuguese or Spanish school holidays. If you want to make the most out of your visit, it’s probably a good bet to call ahead to make sure there aren’t any major tours that day.

It’s also fun for me to share that Papo d’Anjo and I are featured in the March 2010 issue of Vanity Fair. It’s obviously a huge honor and my family and I enjoyed the photo shoot very much. The issue is on newsstands now and I hope you enjoy the story.

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