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Five years ago we backed a Kickstarter campaign to launch a new brand, Appointed. An assortment of American-made paper goods were destined to elevate desktops one beautiful bookcloth covered notebook at a time. The brand’s founder, Suann Song, had been designing and producing letterpress wares we’d purchased for years; we knew any creative pursuit she was leading, we definitely wanted to stand behind.

Fast forward from 2015 (when we could barely contain our excitement over the soon-to-début brand) and Appointed is celebrating their 5th anniversary. Under the discerning eye and creative direction of Suann, we’ve watched the boutique brand grow to a curated collection of products, each the embodiment of the brand M.O., “Everyday elevated paper goods to inspire productivity and creativity.” In the five years since purchasing our first notebook, Appointed has become a staple for every project and planner we took a pencil to, and quite honestly, if asked to assign a score, we’d unequivocally hand out a perfect ten. Every layout, typeface and color selection – perfection. For all the paper peeps out there (cue #paperpeoplearethebestpeople), that’s a proclamation not to be taken lightly.

Last week we received a surprise package, wrapped in a signature box with bespoke branding. Inside, 5th Anniversary special edition wares and a handwritten note from Suann, thanking us for our ongoing support for the past five years. We weren’t alone in receipt of such a delightful display of gratitude, similar boxes were posted to fellow backers and loyal supporters – the act a reflection of Suann’s combination of poise, generosity + humbleness that reminds us why we fell head-over-heels for this now iconic brand in the first place. In honor of International Women’s Day, congratulations to Suann and the many other female-led brands + companies we adore, we applaud you for being industry pioneers, champions for creative culture and amazing spirits in the company of fellow females. xx

Images courtesy of Appointed Co.

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For those new to Around the Pound (or those, like ourselves, with cloudy memory banks), back in early 2014 we kicked off a series on the blog, Precious Objects. A visual inspiration diary of sorts, the monthly series provides a canvas on which we curate a collection of bits + bobs, randoms + sentiments, papers + pretties. After a brief lengthy hiatus, we are rekindling our romance with all things visual, tactile + otherwise pleasing to the creative eye.

Fall has arrived here in New England, bringing with it a flurry of exciting changes behind-the-scenes at TGL. Our energies renewed, we thought it only fitting to get back in the Precious Objects saddle just in time to ring in the 4th quarter of 2015. We hope you’ll follow along, and maybe, just maybe, be inspired to start your own Precious Objects series. In fact, we dare you to walk away from your screens, put down your devices + exit your electronic world; sans touchscreens + trackpads, we’re fairly confident your senses and inner creative soul will thank you. Yes, you’ll need some space to house your goodies, but really, who isn’t secretly looking for an excuse to find stylish storage solutions + crazy cute catch-alls? Naturally, we know you’ll be dying to document your curations + hop right back into the big, bad virtual world, so tag your collections with our freshly created TGL hashtag, #tglpreciousobjects, and join in the fun of the newly minted Precious Objects Project, we’d love to have you.

Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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For some, it’s shoes, others handbags. For us, nothing speaks to our style weakness like the perfect desktop accessory. So when Suann Song, a graphic designer + resident expert in all things paper, recently introduced a Kickstarter Campaign to launch a collection of notebooks under her new venture Appointed Co., we snapped to attention + practically hugged our laptops. The vision behind Appointed Co. speaks for itself, “A beautiful work environment fosters creativity, productivity and overall well-being.” From our vantage point, it sounds like the best capsule of Vitamin C a designer could wish for – inspiration, aesthetics + functionality all rolled into one. A daily dose you say, doctor? Yes, please.

Suann, whose creative firm Simplesong Design has been inspiring us for years, hit the organizational nail on the head in developing not only the perfect notebook, but a full service line of office panache. Think we’re alone in our admiration of ruled lines + spiral-bound beauty? Think again, this kickstarter campaign reached its goal in one week folks, proving that, in the words of Song, “A notebook represents untapped potential and endless possibility“.

Chock full of delectable details, each notebook includes brass coils, rounded corners, bookcloth covers, and oh, did we mention foil-stamped insignias? Hold the presses (well, actually, let ’em roll), Suann offers the potential for a #pinchofglam on every one; now that’s a designer truly after our gilded heart. The soon-to-début collection, all made in America and inclusive of workbooks, To-Do pads, rulers, + more, is essentially the dream team of desktop décor, and like kids in a candy store, we can barely contain our excitement. Fancy yourself a piece or two? Stay tuned, the Appointed Co. web shoppe will be opening its doors in July, 2015, just in time for back-to-school (or shall we say, back-to-cool) office indulgence.

Images courtesy of Appointed Co.

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