While walking up Avenida da Liberdade (the Portuguese 5th Avenue) we spotted what we thought was an outdoor restaurant off a side street. (Food was always on our minds…) It turned out to be a market. People we were selling their handmade clothing, jewelry and scarves, Union Square Christmas Market style. And then we came up this table that stopped us in our tracks. We have a well documented addiction to Anthropologie, and damn if the booth didn’t scream modern vintage. These two sisters make adorable accessories such as pins, necklaces and purses with unexpected patterns like owls, cherries and bicycles. Their business is called “Papôa Azul” which in Portuguese means something like “blue boogey-lady.” We know, not what you expected, right? But we loved that the boogeyman could be a lady too. All ladies kick a little ass, no? These two were the sweetest ever.
We scrambled to see what euros we had left after going to yet another Starbucks, because we were definitely going to buy something. The sisters were so humble and cute and we kept telling them over and over again how amazing their work is and how they need to be selling it online and in the US. Look how adorable these are:
Unfortunately the sisters aren’t selling their stuff in the U.S. but they do have a web site and you can order from them online (and all the better if you can read Portuguese). Plus, you can see all the other great stuff they’ve made. like these things:
We see about a dozen pins we’d like to buy, and want every clutch on the site. You can email them if you’re interested in buying something since they do speak English. Drop them a note on their blog to tell them they should be selling in the US, or at least on Etsy!!