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Monograms

I absolutely love a monogrammed card.  Personal monograms, usually only containing three letters, can reflect a wide range of styles; they can be as modern and simple or as flowery and extravagant as one wants.  A lot of monograms with more block styled letters feel contemporary, yet as our founder John Dempsey writes in “Art Stationery …

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Sending Signals: Folded Corners

Is it still proper to send coded messages by turning down specific corners of your correspondence or calling card? In “Art Stationery and Usages of Polite Society,” published in 1879, George Carroll, one of our founders, touches on the Victorian etiquette around folding corners.  He describes which corners should be turned down depending on the type of …

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Why We Still Write Letters

It would surprise no one for us to say that COVID-19 has caused most people to become even more reliant on the digital world. From Zoom calls to Amazon orders, being stuck at home for the last 18 months has meant an exponential increase in screen time. While nothing is inherently wrong with being in …

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Thank You Notes: Digital or Handwritten?

My peers call me “old fashioned”- a Jane Austen character that lingered off the page and wound up in a complex, technology driven society. And yet, even I, rarely take part in the classic 19th century ritual of letter writing. The composing of ‘Thank You’ cards is no exception… But should it be? In this …

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Spotlight on Patrick Dolat

We recently spoke with Patrick Dolat, owner of specialty shop Newport Lamp & Shade Company, based in Newport, Rhode Island. Under his design direction, the shop, which offers a curated selection of gifts, decorations and lighting, has flourished into a destination for clients across the country seeking charming, practical and unusual items for the home, …

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Spotlight on Nick Leighton

Nick Leighton, Host of the “Were You Raised by Wolves?” podcast, is a two-time Emmy® Award-winning talk show host and journalist originally from a small hippie commune in Northern California. Nick also produces and edits the podcast and currently resides in Manhattan. Along with acclaimed comedian Leah Bonnema (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), this perfect …

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