Special Christmas Card Offer!
November 27th, 2014

Now I know what you’re thinking. The thanksgiving turkey is barely cold, and already we need to be talking reindeer? But actually this is my favorite time of the year.

I love those early weeks of holiday preparation, when everything — from baking cookies, to creating bespoke wrapping paper, to finding a perfect present for everyone on my list — seems in the realm of possibility … before reality sets in and I think of course there’s nothing wrong with a gift certificate aren’t shop-bought cookies just as nice?

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The one bit I try not to rush is the holiday card tradition. Of course I would say that, but is there anything nicer than sitting down with a fresh box of cards, a list of dear friends, and reaching out to say hello over the holidays?

Naturally we’d like to make your job a little bit easier. So we’re offering you dear readers a special discount at jfalkner.com. Use the code HAPPY for 20% off, sitewide. Offer good from today right until 25 December, so go on, let’s get happy over the holidays.

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Here are a few more new holiday card designs to enjoy.

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Because not everyone has access to reindeer.

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And if you can’t be fabulous over the holidays, then when can you?

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New this season! We are introducing little enclosure-size (2.5 x 3.5″) holiday cards (like the ones above). Perfect for dressing up a present or, if we do manage to throw something in the oven after all, adorning a delicious box of Christmas cookies.

Wishing you happy holiday shopping at jfalkner.com. And rest assured our elves do their darndest to get holiday card orders shipped out within 48 hours.

(At the moment we just ship in the US, but now our Canadian friends can find an exclusive range of J.Falkner designs, in conjunction with Paper E-Clips, at Indigo stores and independent retailers across the country.)



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Hello London! Hello Letterpress!
October 17th, 2014

(This post originally appeared on Sarah Schwartz’s wonderful paper blog The Paper Chronicles.)

Blimey! Do we have big news to share. Big, as in Big Ben Big. Starting this month, our cards will be available in London, and throughout the British Isles.

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Here’s how it happened. Back in May, Sarah and William Allardice from Archivist Press, “the home of British letterpress”, alighted upon our cards at the National Stationery Show … and thought our collection might sit happily among their own cards.

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And don’t they just? (See the Archivist booth from Topdrawer, above). After a summer spent fine tuning our designs to fit their formats and printing process, Archivist launched the J.Falkner Collection of letterpress cards at the Topdrawer gift show in London last month.

All our cards are flat-printed in the US, so to see them re-interpreted in letterpress made us feel a little like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” when she steps out of her old house into the exuberant technicolor of Oz. The rich inks, gorgeous paper stock and deep impression of type definitely made our heart sing!

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Archivist cards are printed in rural England on vintage windmill presses. And their paper, sourced from sustainable forests, is milled in the heart of the Lake District. If those two sentences alone don’t restore your faith in the romance of the written word, I don’t know what will.

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Another feather in the Archivist cap are the luxury matchboxes they produce. They cleverly took our little doxie holiday card and made it into this adorable matchbox (above) — so now we know what all our friends will be getting in their stockings. (Shh!)

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The J.Falkner Collection of cards are now available online from the Archivist website here (and they ship to the US, Canada and Europe!), and they are heading out to UK retailers like Paperchase, the Conran Shop, and Fortnum & Mason (above) in the next few weeks. Cheerio, then! We’re grabbing our brollie and going out shopping …



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When our cards popped up in Norfolk, England …
August 4th, 2014

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Nothing thrills us more than great friends starting new businesses, so when the uber-chic London stylist Liz Thody (above, with her shop) floated her idea of a pop-up shop in Norfolk, our immediate response was: “We’re in!”

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Norfolk is a few hours drive up north from London. Rich agrarian land means the county has become a bit of a foodie hotspot, and, with its northern boundaries hitting the North Sea, Norfolk boasts some of England’s most beautiful beaches — notably the famed Holkham Beach (above) where the Queen is known to run her horses or, depending your reference preference, where the concluding scene of “Shakespeare in Love” was filmed.

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The shop was positioned at Wiveton Hall, just outside of the little town of Holt. Wiveton Hall has a very popular restaurant which serves up some of the freshest food in the county (like my meal of grilled heirloom tomatoes on toast).

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Liz called her shop Little Donkey Pop-Up, and her whimsical donkey logo was branded on bags (above), with neon tassels she sourced in Morocco. (If you speak fashion, then you might say Summer 2014 is all about a tassel.)

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The shop itself was an ingenious piece of construction. A simple wheelbarrow shape, it held cashmere sweaters, children’s dresses, hand-embroidered beach bags, trays of bright summer bracelets — and, of course, J.Falkner cards.

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Liz chose bright summery cards from our line to complement her product mix, and we love how our range of friendship cards sat among the pastel cashmeres and retro bathing caps (see above).

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For us, Little Donkey Pop-Up provided a welcome chance to nose around a part of England we’d never visited. The tree-shaded country lanes, the happy cows, the sun slanting over fields of hay — Norfolk was picture-postcard English countryside.

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I even found myself reconsidering pebble siding, which can go so very wrong in London suburbs. Here in Norfolk, however, it has an authenticity and simplicity that was actually rather beautiful. (For example, this cottage in Burnham Market below.)

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Goodbye for now, Norfolk — hope to see you and your wide wind-swept beaches again!



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New treats for the National Stationery Show!
May 16th, 2014

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For stationery folks like ourselves, this weekend is the big one. Sort of like a stationery superbowl — though don’t look for Beyonce or Madonna at the half-time show. Still there’s lots of energy to celebrate as companies big and small bring it to the Javits Centre in New York for the National Stationery Show.

And here at the J.Falkner workshop we’ve been busy, with over 30 new card designs to share this week. So we thought to give our readers a sneak peek at what buyers will be seeing over the next few days. We’d love to hear which are your favorites!

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We have a new series of friendship cards, with hand-lettered sentiments and a pastel palette that feels fresh and happy.

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You know when you just want to write a couple of words and don’t need a big ole card? Well, these flat cards are for you! Printed on extra thick paper with an eggshell finish that is a dream to write on.

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This happy octopus was one of our stars at the last show, so here he returns as a thank you card. (Available as single cards, or boxed sets.)

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And, finally, a foxy little way to thank you with our boxed fox thank you notes.

We have our entire new collection online for easy viewing – and ordering! Just in case you want to get a head start, all these cards are now available at our online shop, and will ship to retailers nationwide in June.

(Buyers visiting the show can find all our new releases at Booth #1951.)



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Happy Easter Blooms!
April 19th, 2014

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We’re celebrating Easter in London this year. Though Ella Fitzgerald might sing about loving Paris in the Springtime, for us, London is the place to be in Spring, when blossoms push forward from every corner. Here are a few favourites to wish you a truly lovely Easter.

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It’s the little crocus, with their saffron hearts, that are the first to bring the promise of Spring in Hyde Park.

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The fragile beauty of magnolias, glowing here in the setting sun (above), is so fleeting, especially when London rains arrive.

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It’s hard to believe this explosion of cherry blossoms were actually so pink, but there they were one afternoon in Hyde Park.

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Walton Place (above), with its white-blossomed trees a perfect compliment to the creamy white stucco buildings, is one of London’s most perfect little streets.

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And this morning we spied bluebells pushing up against the iron grating in Hyde Park, just in time for Easter.

We feel spoiled to find such a beautiful spectrum of colors over the course of a few days, and are reminded of Oscar Wilde’s quote: “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” Happy Easter!



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