Archive for April, 2011

Share Your Easter Photos on Facebook

I was delighted to have these adorable Easter photos waiting for me in my inbox this morning. Please share your Easter Papo photos with us on our  Facebook company page.

Holy Week in Portugal

It’s Holy Week, which is Portugal means church processions through the streets. This video was taken in Obidos, a gorgeous Medieval town just over an hour north of Lisbon. I’ve shot many Papo catalogs against the town’s whitewashed walls and think this procession tells you everything you need to know about its unpretentious charm and love and respect for tradition.

If you are still looking for special Easter outfits for your children, we can ship them until Thursday for a Friday delivery. My favorite Easter dress this season is the Smocked Dress  in a pastel floral Liberty print. It matches the V-Back Sundress (perfect for older sisters) and coordinates beautifully with the Button Down Collar Shirt and Little Boy’s Shirt in rose and yellow grid checked.

I also want to wish a very happy Easter to Papo’s finance director Vera D’Orey and her husband Bernardo on the birth of their baby, also name Bernardo. Congratulations!! Enjoy your first Easter with your new little one.

Papo d’Anjo Models: Meet Ritinha

Now that my own children are too old to model for Papo d’Anjo, I’ve loved getting to know a new group of kids. One of my favorite models is Ritinha, an adorable 7-year-old from Monte Estoril, a coastal suburb of Lisbon.

Ritinha isn’t a professional model. She is the daughter of a good friend of Sara Alves, who manages our Lisbon store and who insisted that Ritinha go to one of our casting calls. “It’s very important to carefully choose the brands she represents,” says her mother, Rita. “We don’t want modeling to be a hard job for her.”

Like many girls her age, Ritinha is a fan of “Hannah Montana” and “Phineas and Pherb.”  She loves to dance, play with friends, and go body boarding.

Living in Portugal, she can take that board to her pick of beautiful beaches. She and her family particularly enjoy Guincho Beach, which is near their home. Other favorites include Praia Grande, and Malhao on the Alentenjo Coast.

Ritinha also loves special outings to Badoca Safari Park, an African-themed amusement and adventure park. She and her brother Antonio also enjoy the Pavilhao do Conhecimento, an interactive science and technology museum in Lisbon. The Museu do Brinquedo, or toy museum, in Sintra rounds out her list.

Casa da Agrela

For special family holidays, Ritinha and her family drive to the northwest corner of Portugal to explore the Peneda-Geres National Park. They stay at the charming Casa da Agrela and recommend the Restaurante A Carvalheira in nearby Ponte de Lima.

Casa da Agrela

Lambing Season

Lambs are being born all across the United Kingdom. Because my family and I live in the rural Cotswold region of England, we get to witness this annual rite of spring firsthand. It’s an incredibly busy time for farmers, and our village bustles with activity.

Cotswold wool has been considered the gold standard since the Roman times. Throughout history, the church owned vast land holdings in the area. The wool trade made it very rich, which explains why there is a church and at least one “big house” in every village in the Cotswolds.  The huge  Bathhurst Estate was built with a fortune made from wool.

Much of the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection was inspired by this special time of year in England when you know that summer will eventually arrive but the chilly air and abundant rain have you reaching for your sweater. I particularly love the green and gray color story in the top photo as it reminds me of the countryside and skies outside my front door.

I always use the highest quality wool for my cold weather collections. I believe strongly in supporting local businesses as a way to help communities thrive–an idea that is vigorously supported by Prince Charles, not to mention every noted environmentalist. Papo d’Anjo is the only children’s clothing company to still buy our wool tartans from actual Scottish mills.

Tartans, tweeds, wool sweaters and dresses are all on display at our Autumn/Winter 2011 trunk shows. If you are interested in attending a trunk show, contact Sybil Heine at sheine@comcast.net to find the one nearest you.



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