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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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Gracious Living in NYC

With unruly drivers, persistent traffic, and people rushing here and there, it’s not always easy to maintain patience and grace in our daily interactions.  Yet, in a city where we occupy such close quarters, small gestures of kindness go a long way!  Below are some quick and easy tips to help facilitate gracious living in …

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Stationery for New Graduates

Graduation season is upon us, which means it’s time to start celebrating your grad!  It is no surprise that our favorite gift is custom, personalized stationery; not only is it a deluxe and unique gift, it is practical and classic! Bespoke stationery is the perfect sendoff for graduates as they transition to the next chapter …

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Etiquette Tips We Live By

Navigating the world of etiquette can be overwhelming and complicated at times.  Yet, it doesn’t always have to be!  In fact, you probably already have some rules of etiquette that you follow in your everyday life.  Below are the etiquette tips that the Dempsey and Carroll team members live by: Jaimie: One etiquette rule I …

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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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