Dear Everyone ~
How lovely to be able to match your stationery to your mood,
or your correspondent’s favourite colour, or the season.
In a fanciful flurry, I’ve assembled three European stationery
samplers plus limited-edition packets of notecard sets
from America’s oldest papermaker.
First, the samplers.
Smythson of Bond Street is a premium purveyor of luxurious stationery.
The company, founded in 1887, is perennially tasteful
and endlessly inventive. A Smythson envelope with its notesheet or
card is like a perfect outfit. Smythson Stationery Samplers
are available in two palettes: Natural White with Palest Green
(think celadon or mint or pistachio) and Natural White with Tangerine.
Yes, they are delectable. Hand-bordering is abundant.
Specific sizes of envelopes and their enclosures are detailed in the shop listings.
The Continental Stationery Sampler presents a
buffet of Pineider envelope sizes, each with a matching notesheet or card …
and a Lettre Royale from G. Lalo for dessert.
The Pineider envelopes are all lined with crisp white tissue,
and their flaps are distinctive.
Again, hand-bordering reigns.
Each sampler is presented in a sturdy and sumptuous portfolio of
creamy Fabriano Murillo. The construction is a paragon of paper engineering:
two generous triangular flaps fold in to form an unglued pocket.
(It's a molto paper-intensive portfolio.)
But wait, there’s more:
On the heels of last week’s posting about ways to keep track of
your outgoing correspondence, I have been motivated to design a
Record of What I Sent to Whom When.
Each sampler has its own Record, with every item in the sampler
described in detail. There’s a place to list not only the recipient and date sent,
but also the “Occasion & Contents.”
Each Record is printed on an A4 (European letterhead size)
sheet to match its sampler: Smythson Sampler No. 1 is on Palest Green,
Smythson Sampler No. 2 is on Natural White,
and The Continental is likewise on Smythson Natural White.
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Now, for the limited-edition correspondence packets.
Crane & Company was founded in Massachusetts in 1801.
Two hundred and some years later, Crane papers are still 100% cotton and
still delightful to the touch, and the pen. Crane’s Kid Finish feels like fabric,
or a soft leather glove. I couldn’t resist having Pale Blue Kid Finish correspondence cards
hand-bordered in True Red. The matching Pale Blue envelope has a deep pointed flap.
The set of 10 cards and envelopes comes with a (can you guess?)
Record of What I Sent to Whom When, printed on Crane's Kid Finish Pearl White.