Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween

As a child, my friends and I always wore homemade costumes and traipsed around our neighborhood as gypsies, hoboes, and even Pippi Longstockings–complete with wire coat hangers in our braids to make them curl upwards.

I still love homemade costumes, even though I’m not exactly drowning in the free time needed to make them. So when I asked Papo d’Anjo staffers for ideas for easy costumes, I was delighted when our catalog and marketing writer Patricia Grunebaum emailed me these photos of her daughters Charlotte (above) and Annabel (below).

What are your recommendations for homemade costumes? You can share them on this blog or even post photos to our Facebook page.

Have a wonderful Halloween with your little ghosts and goblins.

Kiernan Shipka Steps Out in Papo

Kiernan Shipka at ELLE's 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute

I can’t tell you how much fun it has been for my entire team and me to see Kiernan Shipka all over the press wearing Papo d’Anjo. Earlier this week she turned up at ELLE’s 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute in a hot pink and cream checked party dress from our Spring/Summer 2011 trunk show collection.

Kiernan was also spotted shopping for Papo at Bergdorf Goodman after appearing for an interview on Good Day New York.

Finally, she’s wearing one of our most classic styles in this month’s issue of ELLE.

Beyond the obvious pride I take in the fact that she loves Papo d’Anjo, it’s a delight that Kiernan is a sweet girl who is still very much a child. In an interview with the New York Times this week, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talked not only about her amazing performances this season, but also that she’s blessed with supportive parents who shield her from the influences of Hollywood.

We wish Kiernan every success and a carefree hiatus. We look forward to Season 5.

A New Style for Little Girls

When I sat down to design the new Papo d”Anjo 2010 Holiday collection, I wanted to create an option for the mothers who have told me they want a dressy little girl’s outfit with long sleeves.

My solution is the Little Girl’s Velvet Pinafore & Top. The pinafore is made from my favorite soft cotton velvet, and can be worn solo or with a coordinating off-white cotton top. Both are decorated with a matching embroidered Austrian trim.

The dress is available in purple and aqua velvet, two trendier colors that look beautiful against every skin tone. Complete the outfit  with off-white Ribbed Knee Socks and purple Velvet Sabrinas.

Cashmere for Children

In the early years of Papo d’Anjo, I designed all my children’s winter sweaters in wool and alpaca. Part of that choice had to do with what I was used to. I grew up in a winter climate where I was routinely bundled up in beautiful wool sweaters knitted by my mother.

My wool sweaters always sold well.  But I also heard from some moms that their children wanted something that didn’t itch and wasn’t as heavy. So I started experimenting with cashmere and found that it’s actually a more practical alternative for one simple reason: Children will readily wear it–even in the summer.

Since then, cashmere sweaters have become a Papo d’Anjo classic. The Cabled Crewneck is adorable on both boys and girls and is currently available online in sixteen colors.

This year, I have added two new styles to the collection. The V-Neck Pullover for boys combines comfort with refined styling and will fit easily under a blazer or jacket.

The Cardigan with Detachable Bow is a great complement to skirts, dresses or even jeans and coordinates perfectly with the Sweater with Ruffle Collar.

In my experience, the best way to care for cashmere is to hand wash sweaters with a mild detergent such as Woolite. Never soak cashmere.

Now that there’s a nip in the air, I hope your children will feel comfortable and cozy in these cold-weather classics.

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Seen on the Street

Princess Ariane (far right) of The Netherlands was spotted wearing Papo d’Anjo  at an official engagement in the Dutch city of Tiel.  She’s the youngest daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima.

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