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Getting our Glam On in Palm Beach
March 5th, 2012

Our favorite Fred Astaire song is “Top Hat”, particularly the first verse:

I just got an invitation through the mails/
“Your presence requested this evening/

It’s formal, a top hat, a white tie and tails.”/
Nothing now could take the wind out of my sails …

We are of the same mind: nothing delights us more than a formal invitation. And this one (above) promised to be especially tony: Palm Beach Illustrated, the glossiest of the Florida magazines, was celebrating their 60th anniversary.

So last Thursday we threw on our dinner jacket, tucked in our orchid boutonniere (above), and off we went to the Flagler Museum on deliciously balmy evening. (Too hot for a top hat.)

The Flagler Museum (above), formally Whitehall, is the grand Beaux Arts residence of the man who essentially founded south Florida, Henry Flagler (1830-1913). Now it’s a historical landmark and museum — and also a pretty swell place for a party.

Through the enormous bronze gates (above) we stepped into the Grand Room, at 5,000 square feet the largest room of any of the mansions of the Gilded Age.

Doesn’t everyone look better bathed in rosy light? The West Room (above) was staged to sparkle, its 27-foot vaulted ceilings humming with the high spirits of the crowd.

Vintage PBI magazine covers decorated the room, and two of our favorites were: Jacqueline de Ribes, that most aquiline of the society aristocrats, in a splendidly modern silk dress (above, top), and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the couple Palm Beachers love to loathe, but somehow can never resist celebrating (above).

Later, the crowd spilled through to the veranda overlooking Lake Worth, shadows dancing against the white stucco façade (above).

Palm trees lit against the wide Florida night sky, a full moon high above — a pitch perfect Palm Beach night (above).

To help celebrate their birthday, the editors of Palm Beach Illustrated asked us to design a special birthday card. We got a little carried away and designed three, all of them decked out in the classic Palm Beach combo of pink and green. (above)

And we’ve had such a terrific response to the number-juggling flamingo (far right) we are planning to put it into production this summer.

Our Best Valentines Ever!
February 2nd, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day to us! We definitely felt the love yesterday at our trunk show at Stationer on Sunrise, where over 75 people joined us for champagne and cupcakes. Thank you to all the wonderful people who came!

You helped us raise a tidy sum for the Armory Art Center, and warmed our hearts with your support. For those who were unable to attend, we wanted to share a few pictures from the day.

Fortunately we took a picture of these raspberry macaroons … they disappeared quickly! All the delicious — and truly, they were! — treats came from Sugar Monkey in West Palm Beach.

These cookies looked so charmingly home-baked, and we love the bright pink ikat-print on the napkins.

Customers (above) had the chance to check out our whole range of cards, including a sneak preview of our brightly-colored Easter range.

No party is complete without a goody bag … Liz Quinn from Stationer on Sunrise included a charming Palm Beach postcard, and a chic pen from “Le Pen”. And we created a special notecard with that quintessential Palm Beach accessory — a pair of slippers (see below).

If you missed the party, you can still visit Stationer on Sunrise for a Valentine card, and — if you hurry — a few goody bags remain! For out-of-towners, there’s still time to order a Valentines card from our online store, click here.

And We’d Like to Thank …
January 16th, 2012

Imagine our thrill when we received the new issue of Stationery Trends to see we’d made it into ST’s exclusive 10: Designers to Watch in 2012.

Fortunately the Golden Globes were on last night to give us an idea how to behave with dignity when receiving acclaim — or as Ricky Gervais put it, thank God, thank your agent and get off the stage.

With no agent to thank, and not wanting to give God all 100%, we’ll instead give a shout-out to all the people who have bought our cards. Truly, that support has made all the difference to us. When someone actually stamps and mails one of our cards we want to blurt out, like Sally Field from another awards ceremony years ago: “You like us! You really, really like us!”

By now the get-off-the-stage music is playing, so without further ado here’s the article itself. See the rest of the article, and a truly wonderful list of colleagues, at

Our Favorite Christmas Collaboration
November 23rd, 2011

Hands down, one of the best things about running our stationery company is the opportunity to work with creative people, especially when they take our bits and pieces of an idea further than we’d ever imagined ourselves. Check out, for example, these holiday cards that Adrian Valencia created for us.

The “Holiday Shoe-Tree” (above) started off as a whimsical little thought. Wouldn’t a Christmas tree made of super-chic shoes be everyone’s holiday dream? (In our book, visions of Manolos and Jimmys definitely trump a few old dancing sugar-plums …)

How splendidly Adrian brought the concept to life. Another illustrator might have taken a photoshop shortcut to copy and paste the same half a dozen shoes, but look closely: each one of Adrian’s 20 shoes is a different style. And how genius to make a Birkin bag the tree trunk, and a glittering Fendi baguette the star?

(The inside greeting reads: “… and a chic bag in a shoe tree! Happy Holidays!”)

Naturally we had our fashion friends in mind when we dreamed up this card, so you can imagine how delighted we were when People Stylewatch, one of the bestselling fashion magazines, chose this card for their Holiday Gift Guide (above). The issue hits the stands this week, and we’ve already gone back to press so we don’t run out. You can make online orders here.

Adrian also illustrated this Holiday Skater (above). The challenge here was to make blade carve the words of the greeting into a single flowing line on the ice. And voila, Adrian pulled it off like Katarina Witt. How clever is that tiny, little snowflake apostrophe? Order either single cards, or a boxed set here.

In Defense of the Desk
September 27th, 2011

We’ve had a terrific response to this past weekend’s article (read it here) in the Palm Beach Daily News, and one thing that intrigued us is how many people wanted to know more about our design space. So we’re happy to take ourselves out of the picture — quite literally, see above top — and look at our desk.

Let it be said that sitting at your desk generally gets a bad rap. Anais Nin proudly declared, “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living”, while John LeCarré warned, “A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.”

Which is all well and good if you can gallivant around 30’s Paris, or need to stalk the Cold War stage, but if like the rest of us you have to earn a living, you tend to be hunkered down at a desk. So we counter Ms Nin and Mr LeCarré with our favorite French proverb: Appetite comes with eating.

Day after day we sit ourselves down and design, and it’s only then that the ideas start to flow. Fortunately, our desk is a place we love to be. It at once reminds us of where we are, and where we’ve been.

Our desk itself, with its raffia and bamboo effect, anchors us here in Palm Beach’s golden light. The cane chair and lamp also speak to the good luck of our tropical locale. In front of us we often range a collection of mementos. Here we have our white porcelain dachshund, a small Fornasetti dish and a brass puppy — each one sourced from a different trip, these memories keep us happy company.

Perhaps this is our guide to a good work space. If you need to be at your desk anyway, populate it with fine things that you truly love — why not dump that old plastic pencil pot for a silver beaker? — and maybe you won’t always feel the need to escape it.

Palm Beach Press!
August 29th, 2011

Forgive us for tooting our own horn here, but we couldn’t resist sharing this good news. Today we discovered a great piece of press in this month’s issue of Palm Beach Illustrated, the glossiest of the glossy magazines here. What particularly thrilled us? That they really saw what we’re trying to do with our cards: to deliver a “fun, fresh perspective” with “bursts of color, and witty words”. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!