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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

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.

Velvet Party Dresses and Tartan Taffeta

Photo courtesy of Wireimage.

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).

Photo courtesy of Wireimage.

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.


Papo’s 15th Anniversary: The Birth of a Company and the Growth of a Child

Ever since I started Papo d’Anjo, my chief inspiration has always been my own children. Now that my oldest daughter, Camilla, is in the process of applying to college, it’s all the more touching to look at the photos of her modeling my clothes. Here are a few of my favorites.

In Lisbon with sister Tati (right) and me. 1996

At Guincho Beach, Summer 1997. This sleeveless party dress become a staple for every collection.

At home in Estoril, Portugal, Summer 1998.


With Tati and friend Carmo at Quinta Patino, outside of Lisbon, 1998.

Quinta Patino, Winter 2000. The Duffel Coat and Kilt also became Papo classics.


At Herdade de Esporao with friend Christian, Winter 2001.

With brother Edward on her grandfather's sailboat, Antigua 2002.

With Tati, Patrick, and Edward on the island of Paraty, Brazil, 2006.

In Wisconsin with her friend, Maria, Summer 2010.





Style Inspiration: The Hacking Jacket

One of my favorite styles from the new collection is the Girl’s Blazer. I got the inspiration for it from the traditional British hacking jackets that my family wears when we go horseback riding near our home in England.

Traditionally worn for pleasure riding back in the days when the sport was more formal, a hacking jacket has a single back vent to accommodate a saddle. It’s also more fitted than a traditional blazer, with angled side pockets that are designed to hold their contents even when you are galloping.

Children are supposed to wear hacking jackets at riding camps and other horse events until they are young adults. My children wear them for all kinds of activities, from playing around in the fields to going to the store.

Because it’s both sporty and dressy, I thought that the hacking jacket design would make a perfect girl’s blazer. It can be worn with either jeans or a nice dress or skirt, and comes in either a luxurious camel velvet or orange tweed.

Personal Shopper: A Back to School Wardrobe for Girls

Last year Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands wore Papo d’Anjo to take her younger sister Alexia to her first day of kindergarten. While many American children start school wearing summer clothes, it’s never too early to get your childrens’ school options in place.

I like to build back-to-school wardrobes around a versatile item that coordinates with comfortable dresses, skirts and tops. For girls, that means a Cashmere Cabled Cardigan. I like brown because it looks beautiful against any skin tone and goes well with so many options from the current collection. From there I would add:

This is just one color combination of many. The trick is to choose items that will go with each other so that your daughter can choose her own clothing every morning and you’ll know it will match. Next week I’ll put together a wardrobe for boys.

Happy shopping!

Two Instant Classics

The Anjo Blouse

The Fall/Winter 2010 Collection is now available and I look forward to writing about it over the next several months. In addition to providing the designs Papo d’Anjo is known for — including the Tartan Gathered Dress and the Duffle Coat–I worked hard with this collection to create new designs that will be both stylish and versatile.

Knit Top With Ruffle Collar

Two of my favorite new options include  the Knit Top With Ruffled Collar and The Anjo Blouse. The Knit Top combines the ease and comfort of a turtleneck or polo with a beautiful collar that can be either dressy or casual. It’s already a staple with the children of Papo d’Anjo trunk show hostesses.

“Anjo” means angel in Portuguese and this delightful new blouse also can be worn with jeans or under our new knitted dresses. It’s a romantic blouse that’s perfect for school or special occasions. Both shirts are great transitional items for your daughter’s back to school wardrobe.

I hope you and your families are enjoying your final month of summer.

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