Archive for May, 2010

New Orleans Notebook: Forget Me Not NOLA

This past Saturday, Papo d’Anjo was part of “High Heels for High Hopes,” a wonderful fundraiser in New Orleans put together by young women in high school and college. The event was organized by Forget Me Not NOLA to support Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charitable organization to help displaced youth in Africa.

The event included dinner, a fashion show, and a live band and raised well over $250,000 for Sentebale. The adults in the fashion show wore clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue and the children were dressed entirely in Papo.

Papo's Sara Schilleci (left) joins event chair Shelby Sanderford.

Papo was represented by Sara Schilleci, our Southeast Director. She was joined by representatives from Sentebale, Forget Me Not NOLA, and Saks. But there were celebrities enjoying the fun as well, including Sentebale Ambassador Masiela Lusha from “The George Lopez Show.”

Actor John Goodman’s daughter modeled Papo. Her mother Anna Beth is the owner of Pippen Lane, a beautiful children’s clothing boutique in New Orleans. My special thanks to Sara for working so hard for Papo to be a part of such a special event.

In other news, this season’s popular Men’s Striped Polos and Men’s Surfer Style Swimsuits are now available. Both come in a variety of colors and prints and make terrific Father’s Day gifts.

Boys’ Essentials on Sale

This week some of our most popular boys’ warm weather essentials are being discounted 30 percent.  Dressier options include our Classic Shorts and Little Boys’ Short Sleeved Shirt, which comes in some of my favorite fabrics such as our French madras and our classic cotton checks.

More casual options include Casual Shorts, our hugely popular Twill Classic Shorts, Cargo Shorts, and Chinos. I’m particularly fond of our new Lightweight Twill Shorts, which look slightly dressier. My own boys’ prefer them because they are extremely comfortable.

One of the unexpected treats of being a designer is finding out the many ways that my customers adapt my styles to suit their own tastes.  I got the inspiration for the Boy’s Tunic Shirt from my visits to Austria and Bavaria, where both boys and men wear them with Lederhosen. The style has been a hit not only with boys with also with girls.

The same is true of our beautiful Liberty Button Down Collar Shirts. They look great on boys, but are also adorable on girls when they are tied at the waist and worn with Plain Trousers or Jeans.

There’s a lot of other great news to share this week, including a fundraiser being held in New Orleans on Saturday. The event is being put together by a charity called Forget Me Not NOLA, which was created by a group of 18-year-old girls who wanted to do something to help people around the world.

This year’s beneficiary is Sentebale, Prince Harry’s non-profit to benefit the residents of Lesotho, South Africa. The event will feature a fashion show where all the children will be dressed in Papo d’Anjo outfits that I selected. I couldn’t be more pleased to have my company associated with an organization that shows how young people’s compassion can be such a force for good.

I’ll post photos and more information about the event next week.


Spring Sale Insider Tips

Our Spring Sale of selected items from this season starts today.  It’s the perfect opportunity to save 30 percent on summer basics that will take your children all the way through the warm weather months ahead.

I have many favorites from this sale, but a few stand out. A staple of my own daughters’ wardrobes is the Twill Safari Shorts. They are made of an extremely durable fabric and come in a wide range of colors that you won’t find anywhere else. I love to pair them with a Country Blouse (available in some of this season’s new madras plaids) or Cap-Sleeved Tee.

Stock up now on staples that can go from the country club to camp. Summer will be here before you know it.

Happy shopping!

Happy Mother’s Day: Papo staffers share their traditions and gift ideas

Mary Cassatt's "The Bath," property of The Art Institute of Chicago

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in the U.S., Portugal, and England, and I sometimes get confused about when my family should honor this special holiday. So this year, I decided to ask Papo staffers what they do on Mother’s Day. The variety of ideas shows not only the cultural diversity of our company, but also the fact that no matter how old you are, your mother is always someone to celebrate.

Our National Trunk Show Director Sybil Heine’s husband and two sons honor her every year by going to the nursery and surprising her with new flower arrangements in their pots and planters. “It’s very sweet and something they love to do together because they know how much I love to garden,” she says.

Sara Schilleci, a Regional Trunk Show Director from Alabama, enjoys the best southern traditions with her family, including a picnic with cheese straws, pimento cheese, and chicken salad sandwiches with the crusts cut off. “Our southern Episcopalian churches usually provide fresh flower corsages for mothers to wear during the service,” she says.

For customer service representative Pavlina Zourkova, Mother’s Day is bittersweet because her mother is in the Czech Republic and she’s in Lisbon. “I have been living abroad for the past 15 years, so I usually ask a friend to bring my mother red roses since she loves flowers and I know it makes her very happy,” she says.

Many of our Portuguese staffers celebrate with a huge family lunch. Breakfast in bed is also popular. And customer Service representative Alice Duarte fondly remembers her family’s South African tradition of having a “braai,” which is the Afrikaans word for barbeque, with other Portuguese families living in South Africa.

In Portugal, Mother’s Day is also celebrated at school. “There’s usually a party and we often receive a gift,” says Marisa Pinhao, our Lisbon receptionist.

And for Denise Elsebai, who runs our operations at our warehouse in St. Paul, Mother’s Day is really just about spending time together, whether it’s jumping on a trampoline or going on a bike ride. “I’m happy to be doing almost anything with them because it is time meant especially for me and it comes from their hearts,” she says.

If you are still looking for a present for your own mother, or want to treat yourself to a gift for this special holiday, Papo d’Anjo is selling our special women’s blouses. Both the tunic and the women’s blouse can be dressed up or down and come in the gorgeous fabrics that define us.

I’ll post more Mother’s Day celebration ideas from Papo d’Anjo staffers throughout the week. Please share your own traditions, too.

Have a lovely Mother’s Day.

Catherine



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