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Our 144th Birthday!

This coming Sunday marks Dempsey & Carroll’s 144th birthday! While almost every aspect of 21st century New York would feel foreign to John Dempsey and George Carroll, our shop on 1049 Lexington would be a source of familiarity and comfort.  We have continued to celebrate the art of engraving since 1878! In the 19th century, …

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Wedding Dress Codes

While a wedding doesn’t revolve around guests’ personal style, it is important to understand and follow the dress code.  But this isn’t always easy – what are the dress codes and what exactly do they all mean? White-Tie White-tie is the most formal of the dress codes and is not used frequently.  For women, a …

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4th of July Weekend Wish List

The 4th of July is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than gathering with your friends and family? Whether you are attending a backyard barbecue or hosting a garden picnic this weekend, let our summer wish list inspire you! 1. KULE’s Shirt Dress is an absolute favorite! Made of 100% cotton, this …

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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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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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Spotlight on Holly Holden

Holly Holden, founder and principal of Holly Holden & Company, Ltd., has specialized in classic, old-school interior design for over 25 years. From charming chintz to Chippendale chairs, and horses to headbands, Holly shares the “secret” nuances of inherited manners, preppy patina, and gracious gentility in her weekly e-newsletter, “Mummy’s Monday Manners”, along with her …

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