Archive for March, 2011

Style File: Ikat Fabrics

I am always on the lookout for fabric traditions from around the world to incorporate into my designs for Papo d’Anjo.

This season, I created a fabric based on the traditional Ikat prints from central Asia. A weaving method where the threads are dyed before they are woven, Ikat is a bit like tie-dying. The patterns are symmetrical, but lively.  Perfect, in my opinion, for girls.

This special fabric is available in a Sleeveless Party Dress (shown above), Girl’s Safari Shorts, and a new perfectly sized Purse.

Ikat is also currently popular for home design. I love the selection that Etsy offers.

Share Your Spring Break Photos

Luisa, the daughter of my childhood friend Elizabeth, on Hawaii's Big Island.

Growing up in a winter climate, I always looked forward to my family’s Spring Break holidays in southern Florida. Swimming in the ocean, tennis lessons, the smell of suntan lotion–all are such powerful and lasting memories.

Whatever you do, I hope you and your family enjoy the break from the busy routine of the school year. Please post your Papo Spring Break photos and any travel tips or favorite destinations on our Facebook page. We’d love to learn about your adventures large and small.

Papo d’Anjo Supports Bebe Ravi

If you join us at an Autum/Winter 2011 Trunk Show you’ll notice a beautiful new capsule collection of hand-knit sweaters designed by me for Bebe Ravi, a children’s knitwear company whose proceeds benefit the Patrick Chege Memorial Orphanage in Kenya.

Siamanda Chege and her two daughters.

Bebe Ravi was started by Siamanda Chege, a former fashion model from Kenya who now lives with her family in New York City. In addition to raising funds for the orphanage that bears her father’s name, Siamanda employs women in Nakuru, Kenya, to knit the sweaters.

Providing jobs in a region where unemployment rates run as high as 40 percent is no small feat when you consider that many of these women have been widowed by the AIDS epidemic. When I met Siamanda last January, I was knocked out by her charm and passion for her cause, which made me immediately want to join her efforts.

On my honeymoon in Kenya.

That I spent part of my honeymoon with my husband Pascal in that beautiful yet challenged country, made helping out feel like an even more natural fit. That’s why 100% of the proceeds from all Bebe Ravi knitwear from our trunk shows will go toward the Patrick Chege Memorial Orphanage.

Please come see for yourself why these hand knit sweaters are so special.  Email Sybil Heine @sheine@comcast.com to find the trunk show nearest you.

P.S. This year, Siamanda has expanded her volunteer program to include high school students who want to work in the orphanage. It’s a program I hope my own children will have the honor to experience.

 

Fall 2011 Trunk Show Season Is Underway

The Fall & Winter 2011/2012 trunk show season has begun. The big news is that the much-loved Papo Pajamas are back and available in a luxurious, flame-retardant fabric.

Finding a solution that meets my priority for softness and comfort and complies with United States safety standards was a painstaking process. But I’m extremely happy with the results and know your children will be, too.

Pajamas aren’t the only new offerings. I’m also very excited about a new velvet and voile party dress, dress shorts for girls, and a wool plaid barn jacket (above) for boys. Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the Liberty leggings this Spring, I’ve designed a  Fall version in three different color stories.

This week, my staff and I will be in New York City. Please join us from Tuesday through Friday (March 8-11), 8:30-5:00, at the Carlyle Hotel, Suite 711. The hotel is at 33 East 76th Street; 212-744-1600.

Friends are welcome. If you bring a new friend to the trunk show, both of you will receive 15% off your orders.

Trunk shows offer many advantages over our catalog and website, including:

  • Lower prices.
  • Free shipping.
  • Guaranteed availability.
  • A more extensive selection of clothing. Our catalog and website sell only a fraction of what’s available at a trunk show.

 

If you want to know if there’s a trunk show in your area, please email Sybil Heine at sheine@comcast.net.

 

Ana’s Favorite Things

A few recommendations from Ana Lorenzon, Papo’s talented and lovely graphic designer.

Children’s books by Ann and Paul Rand. This husband and wife team–she’s the writer, he’s the artist–have created four stunning kids’ books, including Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words, Little 1, and I Know A Lot of Things.

600 Black Spots A classic collectible pop-up book by David Carter.

Paper Engineering This make-at-home animal kit is great for kids and kidults alike. All you need to get started is glue, scissors, and a ruler.

Interactive Design Kids and adults can play with black and white shapes and sounds with Wee See.

Brazilian Music Too many choices!  But Marcelo Camelo is a good place to start.



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