Archive for July, 2012

One Hundred Wonderful Stores!
July 24th, 2012
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If we weren’t already knee-deep in orders after the gift show in Atlanta (where we were represented by our fine rep group Daniel*Richards), you would have heard corks a-popping here at our offices this week.

Dear friends and supporters, you have helped us reach a milestone: J.Falkner cards are now being carried in 100 stores (well, actually 101 as of today!).

We’re sold across America — in 25 states — and in Canada (Vancouver & Toronto), and of course we’re always available online.

What does reaching 100 stores mean? Well, we’ve run the numbers and it comes to nearly 16,000 cards — which means there are a lot of leaping zebras, soaring airplanes, and anniversary mazes (to call out our three most popular cards) criss-crossing the country.

We have so much gratitude in this success. To the stores who have taken on our line, and to the customers who have chosen our cards, thank you thank you thank you.

Dot Mania from Marc Jacobs — and from us, too!
July 18th, 2012

Fashion can be a fickle thing to predict, but generally you can be sure that wherever Marc Jacobs leads Louis Vuitton — the giant fashion house that he designs — legions of fashionistas are sure to follow. Check out the new windows at the LV flagship in New York (above), and get ready for a summer of spots.

Polka dots have long been a favored motif in Jacobs’ fashion collections, so it was only a matter of time before he hit upon a collaboration with the dotty queen of spots herself, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (above, arriving at the launch party in New York last week). Learn a bit more about her, here.

This summer, her arresting, lady-bug patterns will be found on everything Vuitton from shoes to skirts to bags to sunglasses (that’s actually a waxwork of her in one of the windows, above, with a bag from the new collection).

To cap it off, Jacobs is putting out a new perfume of his own this month, called – what else – “Dot” (see the bottle, above).

But enough about MJ and LV, how about JF? Well, we’re in the spot game, too. We’ve always loved the cheerful, graphic appeal of dots, and as we drew and doodled for inspiration earlier this summer (see our original idea sketch, above), a whimsical spot-saying leaped to mind — and became a card.

So there you have it. “You knock the spots off everyone else” — our new anniversary card just happens to be on-trend. And we’re hoping to create more spotted cards soon. After all, as Marc Jacobs once sagely opined, “I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a polka dot.”

Nautical Summer Dreaming
July 2nd, 2012

As July 4th races towards us, and temperatures edge past 100 degrees across the country, our minds inevitably turn to thoughts of the sea. After all, is there anything that better sweetens a summer than being at the beach?

So it’s no surprise that one of our most popular boards on Pinterest (yes, we’re addicted — check out all our boards at JFalkner Inspire) was our collection of Nautical Themes.

Many of these images (a selection, above) coalesced into cards: anchors, lifesavers, a red-striped bikini, the crisp color combo on a J.Crew bag … and everywhere a rich cyan blue, deep as the sea.

We’re delighted to introduce our new “Nautical & Nice” collection: a boldly colored thank you (above left), a birthday card full of summer spirit (above right) and a devoted pair of fish for an anniversary (below). Blue, white and a punch of red were the only colors we needed.

For this collection, we also spoiled ourselves with a new font. Sitting on the charming side of whimsy, the ropey ligatures of Memimas are also a wink at the nautical theme of these cards.

(And here’s a did-you-know for font fans: Memimas, now a darling of indie fashion labels and invitation designers, was originally created as the standard typeface to teach French school children proper handwriting. Amusant, non?)

Of course, not all nautical is created equal, so for these illustrations we went to our chicest source: London-based fashion illustrator Adrian Valencia (see his delightful portfolio here). In fact, we were so charmed by his work, we couldn’t resist going one step further with this collection and creating a little trio of Nautical Notes (above), with wavy-edged frames and light sea-blue envelopes.

If only we didn’t need to save the stock for our stores (it’s already one of our most popular new releases), this is the stationery we would use all summer long. Order a set for yourself, or any of these nautical cards, here.