Sunday, January 5, 2014

Artist Appreciation: Papoose Clothing

Hi everyone! I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine; Ashley of Papoose Clothing!
My name is Ashley Duggan-Smith, and I am the resident owner, designer, maker, and crazy cat lady at Papoose Clothing. I learned how to sew at a young age when my mom taught me while making a pillow for me bed. I was so afraid of running the needle through my finger, but I finished the pillow without any mishaps. I furthered my sewing skills while taking several costume construction classes for my degree in Theatre, but it wasn’t until my niece’s birth three years ago that I began to really take myself seriously. I fell in love with designing and creating clothes for her to wear that I couldn’t stop and decided to see if I could make something out of what began as a hobby of mine.

 I first started out without any clear direction of where I wanted to go or what I really wanted my business to stand for. It’s taken awhile, but I am so much more focused now on my vision and have a clearer sense of what my style is. I love reading and creating and all kinds of art forms, I think it is so important to foster a child’s imagination, and my clothing is definitely geared towards encouraging play and make believe through whimsical, storybook styles.

My favorite part of the creative process is being able to work with moms on custom orders. People come to me for something different and inspired, something based on a small idea that is then turned into an imaginative item parents and their kids can be excited about. I love thinking outside the box and not following strict lines, especially with fairytale costumes that can be worn for play and everyday wear. It’s thrilling to have only an idea to go off of then make something tangible from it that never existed before.

Right now I am hard at work with the upcoming Spring Summer 2013 collection. I don’t want to reveal too much, but I am so passionate about this collection. It definitely represents me so much more as a person than previous ones, and it has been incredibly fun researching and digging deeper into my history to clearly and artistically represent this idea in a collection of children’s clothing. Like any other design, it begins with a simply idea, but with an entire collection, it’s on a much grander scale. Pieces must compliment but differ slightly, and it is important to me that a meaningful story is told. I have finalized the designs and fabric choices, so construction is next. I plan on revealing bits and pieces as I go along on my blog ( to keep things exciting!

Thanks so much for sharing your shop with us Ashley! I think Lila would just look darling in all of those precious dresses. I especially love the Cats and Dogs dress!
What do you love from this shop?


  1. I love, love, love that cat fabric! And the green skirt is adorable.

  2. The first dress is so cute. My mother used to sew my baby brother and sister's clothing all the time.

  3. Absolutely in love with her model! lol
    My aunt was a very well known seamstress back in my hometown...those beautiful dresses remind me of her!