Despite not being a Facebook follower (I usually check it a few times per week in order to keep up with the latest news from my favorite designers and shops), this week I got the most unexpected notice…
A Papo d’Anjo stock-off sale was happening in a few days in a warehouse (close to my home !)
I did some serious rearranging of my schedule, put on a few hours of late work (the usual) and managed to visit the stock-off sale.
I was expecting to grab some gorgeous items to my kids (most of it was 80% off) and, to be honest, I did grab a few items (the garment selection was a bit limited, but all clothing was pretty luxurious. I was amazed by all the beautiful details).
For my little girl, an orange cashmere cardigan (I wish it was my size), brown velour ballerina flats (again, I wish they were my size), a blouse with pink ruffle trim and some cute underwear (more about the tartan bellow):
For the boys, I managed to score 3 gorgeous shirts, a navy polo (from Lacoste, not Papo d’Anjo), red leather moccasins (too cute) and a red cashmere ribbed scarf:
Obviously, I wished there were a few more items available but it was a very selected sale (as one would expect from this brand).
Yet, can you guess what was the best part?
They also had a fabric sale going on … (50% off)
And I was really happy I was limited by their “money only payments” rule, because I really overdid it:
How could I not?
Gorgeous corduroys and luxurious Scottish tartan fabrics (words and pictures don’t do justice to this fabric. Made me wish we were heading for fall instead of summer) …
Different weights of wool cashmere (pink, pink and more pink for my sweet girl)
The softest flannel, red and aqua crispy plaid poplin and a perfect twill (blue stripes):
I was a bit disappointed not to find any Liberty there, but all the fabrics were really worthwhile.
The fabric sale was mostly for professional buyers (stores and similar) and I felt very lucky because they were willing to cut my desired lengths (between 1 to 4 yards). Of course, I wish I could afford a full bolt (30 yards, average), but even at 50% off, these are expensive fabrics.
And did I mentioned that buttons and notions were also on sale (these were truly affordable: 1 Euro for a bag of 500/600 buttons and 50 cents for the trims)
I also managed to grab a few catalogues (most of them from 2008 and 2009) and I can’t wait to “study” them really closely (catalogues were free so I’m beating myself for not bringing more copies. I was too shy to ask for it).
So much inspiration …
Before I left, I had a small conversation with one of the sellers (fabric lovers always have so much in common) and she told me that in her opinion the key factors of Papo d’Anjo success was their timeless style, unparalleled workmanship of each garment and use of only top quality European fabrics.
When you combine these three factors, the final garment is bound to last for generations to come.
And I believe she was right – though probably that was also what lead to their closing.
xo, Ana Sofia