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Right up there with fisherman knits and a perfectly poured Gin + Tonic, a designated desk drawer chock full of stationery is truly one of our favorite things. For as long as we can remember, handwritten notes, typically couriered by way of the good ‘ole USPS, but on occasion hand delivered, have been second nature when it comes to expressing gratitude, sending celebratory sentiments, or simply to say ‘Hello’. As Margaret Shepard wrote in her book The Art of the Handwritten Note, “The handwritten note’s rarity heightens its appeal.”

A global shift towards digital communication has sadly permitted (perhaps even encouraged) fundamental skills in the art of letter writing to fall into a rather frightening state of disarray. Proper penmanship (you know, the kind of cursive your grandparents used to write sentimental love letters in times of war), grammatical accuracy and an ability to communicate genuinely through the written word are seemingly foreign to most – send a beautifully penned note via #snailmail and you may be shocked by the recipient’s reaction. Paper! Postage! Prose!

We recently noticed a fresh crop of stationers emerging onto the scene, specializing in a style we dubbed ‘simple sentiments’. Take for example, one-word phrases that are straight to the point – Hello. or, Coffee? Layered with beautiful typography (preferably letterpressed) on a backdrop of velvety cotton paper – these designers have struck a chord with our most minimalist-seeking self we never knew existed. So, without further ado, let’s introduce this new(ish) crew with paper wares already on our desk rotation (or currently in our quarantine cart).

Maurèle – Reviving the lost art of letter writing by way of Montréal. In their words, “Created to help us slow down, connect with ourselves and with others, and live more thoughtfully through the ritual of taking pen to paper.”

Lockport Letter Papers | Hanover Notecards

Jaymes Paper – Founded out of a deep fascination for all things paper and design, this Los Angeles-based studio creates cards that encourage us to sit down and write meaningful sentiments to those we love.

You’re My Favorite | Classic Collection

RSVP Paper Co. – A letterpress studio specializing in social notes, founder + designer Stacey Vaughn (SV), (really folks, in the paper world, initials like that + naming your company RSVP are like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow), is in a long-term relationship with her beloved Heidelberg Windmill press and we’re reaping the benefits.

Hello | Yay! | Make a Wish

Of Note Stationers – Show up for the relationships in your life. Appreciate them, support them, celebrate them. If you haven’t signed up + stepped up to this New England team’s motto in the past ten weeks, we’re not sure what sort of world calamity floats your boat.

Post Script |  Way Overdue

In Haus Press – The veteran of the group (printing since 2010), bringing beautiful understated stationery to those who appreciate stylish handwritten notes. And simply because cafés are currently closed, doesn’t mean you can’t invite conversation + a cup ‘o joe over Skype with your bestie.

(sigh) | Coffee? | Merci

Images courtesy of all brands noted above.

In the blink of an eye, travel (and let’s be honest, life) has taken on new meaning entirely. We’re optimistic the world will return to a state of normalcy (albeit defined differently from here forward) and we’ll find ourselves navigating new spots in traditional Gilded Getaway fashion. In the interim, like the rest of the country world, we’re relishing the quiet comforts of home while mentally adventuring to places high atop our list ‘to-visit.’

We discovered Vancouver-based Flourist in early 2019 and have since been creatively captivated by a relaunch with beautiful new branding, a picture perfect bakery and an unwavering company mission celebrating supply chain transparency. Originally founded in 2014 as Grain, the team behind the Canadian brand has been dedicated to providing consumers 100% traceable grains, beans and fresh-milled flours, exclusively sourced in Canada. “In a category dominated by opaque supply chains and mysterious origins, Flourist connects people with the sources of their food. Every product can be connected to the farmer who grew it.” In an era where scrutiny of everything we ingest, apply and encounter has become paramount to maintaining health and happiness, you’d be hard-pressed to ask a brand for anything more.

Working in collaboration with creative studio Glasfurd & Walker, the world of newly named Flourist provides not only delicious products, but a visual feast for the eyes. A reimagined brand mark reminiscent of flour mills past is the common ingredient across product packaging, brand signage and the necessary to-go tote. Defined as ‘nostalgic but with a modern touch’, the logo resides on a field of kraft, the most humble of papers in the design world and perhaps a nod to the humble farmers behind each grain and grassy pasture.

Out of their simple and sophisticated storefront, Flourist serves sourdough, sweet treats and specialty coffee in the company of many other menu items to the Vancouver community. If, similar to us, your mouth is watering but the miles are far, Flourist thankfully ships to locations across the United States and Canada. They also have an extensive recipe collection on their site, perfect for work-from-home days when something savory (or sweet) is just what the world demands.

Flourist | 3433 Commercial St, Vancouver, BC V5N 4E8, Canada

Images courtesy of Flourist and Glasfurd & Walker.

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