Archive for January, 2011

Winter into Spring

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Last night Kiernan Shipka wore a dress that I designed specifically for her to the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Made from an incredibly soft navy velvet, the dress embodies my belief that a clean silhouette, impeccable tailoring, and the highest quality fabrics are the most important components to dressing a child for a special occassion. Children are so naturally beautiful that they don’t need a lot of embellishments.

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While Kiernan is a TV star on a hit show, you don’t have to have a date with the red carpet for Papo d’Anjo to design a custom outfit for your son or daughter. Over the years our Made to Order department has created memorable pieces for weddings, first communions, baptisms, bat and bar mitzvahs and other special family events.

In other news, our Spring 2011 Collection is now online! I’ll be blogging about it more in the next few weeks, but for now I want to recommend the new Circle A-Line Top. I designed it in response to mothers’ requests for a more stylish cotton poplin shirt that can go with skirts or jeans and will hold up well even in the dog days of summer. It was a huge hit at our trunk shows. I hope you agree.

Papo d’Anjo Is Clearing the Shelves! Our Spring Collection Debuts January 31.

I know most of you are still deep in winter, but the Papo d’Anjo warehouses in St. Paul and Lisbon are brimming with floral prints, pastels, and cheery hot pink and orange bathing suits. Papo’s Spring 2011 collection debuts on Monday, January 31, in time for you to stock up for your winter family vacations.

This new season is one of my all-time favorites. It’s got a great mix of bright prints and stripes and new styles, including a casual striped dress that I love.  And, for the first time, Papo d’Anjo is selling leggings.

I had always resisted this trend, even after my own daughters started wearing them. But my friends and customers kept explaining that they are a staple of the American girl’s wardrobe and that they’d like to have some options that appealed to both them and their daughters.  Papo’s leggings come in beautiful Liberty prints and go beautifully with our Striped Beach Dresses as well as plain tops.

Because Papo d’Anjo is a European company, I also have to keep in mind the preferences of my Portuguese and Spanish customers, who prefer to dress their children in neutrals.  I custom-designed the colors for this Liberty print, which anchors an extensive pastel color story. It’s gorgeous and I’m certain will find a following on both sides of the Atlantic.

In other news, our Winter Sale is winding down.  Discounts are as high as 75% and new styles have been added, including our classic Duffel Coats. Sizes and colors are limited, but there are some terrific savings available.

Share Your Papo Photos on Facebook

Ever since I started this company, I have always loved seeing photographs of my customers’ children wearing Papo d’Anjo. This week, I received these beautiful photos from Miami photographer Maria D. Brito. The coats and dresses are sold out for the season, but there are still a few Anjo Blouses on sale for $24.

Now you can post or tag photos of your children and share them with the Papo community on Facebook. My entire staff and I love to see how the results of our hard work are included in your family’s happy moments.

Please join us in our evolving digital meeting place. This is where we’ll keep you updated on sales and promotions worldwide, as well as company news and useful and interesting links to stories and resources related to families and family life.

Kiernan Shipka Wears Papo to the Golden Globe Awards


Actress Kiernan Shipka attends the Golden Globe Awards after party dressed in Papo d'Anjo. Photo courtesy of WireImage.

The Hollywood awards season is in full swing and “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka wore Papo to several events. Last night, she attended the Golden Globe Awards and looked stunning in the Velvet Party Dress. The dress is one of my favorite new designs from this past collection and is currently on sale for a 50% discount.

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A few days earlier, Kiernan attended a pre-Golden Globes event in the Henley Sweater Dress and the Anjo Blouse. Both are on sale; the blouse also comes in two adorable Liberty print fabrics.

Photo courtesy of WireImage.

Kiernan also hit the red carpet for the AFI Awards in a silk Empire Waist Dress. This Papo classic is currently available in velvet with a very special checked silk taffeta tie-back and trim.

Given that she could have her pick of any designer, I am truly touched that Kiernan is so enthusiastic about Papo d’Anjo and thinks my designs are perfect for a girl her age.

For more photos of Kiernan and her cast mates from “Mad Men,” please join us on Facebook.

Velvet Party Dresses and Tartan Taffeta

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This weekend, “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka promoted her upcoming Hallmark movie “Smooch,” wearing Papo d’Anjo to two Los Angeles events. It was such a delight to see her talking to the press dressed in Papo’s Velvet Double Breasted Dress. It is currently on sale in very limited quantities. But if you are looking for a similarly fancy yet innocent option, I’d also suggest our extremely popular Velvet Party Dress (shown below).

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For the evening event, Kiernan dressed up in a a black watch plaid taffeta dress made especially for her by me. I’ve loved plaids forever, but in the past year have started experimenting with them in taffeta. I’m delighted with the results and have included a few very special plaid taffeta party dresses in our Spring 2011 collection.

If you have a special event, our Made to Order department offers a gorgeous variety of fabrics in a range of designs that can be custom tailored to perfectly fit your son or daughter.

I hope you are enjoying the coziness of these winter months and that you are keeping  up with our news and promotions on Facebook.


Spring 2011 Preview

Get ready for Spring 2011! This season, turquoise, bright orange and hot pink add a fresh zing to an already playful time of year. This collection is one of my all-time favorites. I hope you agree.

In other news, our Winter Sale continues, with discounts up to 60% on selected items. We add new stock every few days so be sure to check back often. And don’t forget to join us on Facebook for the latest news, as well as updates on sales and promotions worldwide.


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