Posts Tagged ‘Stationery’

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.

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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