The fine art of letter writing is making a resurgence, with elegant paper products providing competition for the few brand-name presses that have been in business for centuries.
From cardstock quality to artistic design, stationery tells the story of your personal aesthetic and affinity for the handwritten word. Artisans and paper aficionados from around the world have created these top brands to make sharing a personal note an elegant and stylish affair.
From New York: Mrs. John L. Strong
The classic heavyweight paper and hand-painted designs of Mrs. John L. Strong have served the stationery needs of U.S. presidents and celebrities alike, from Marilyn Monroe to Sofia Coppola. The brand was first created by Flora Strong in 1929, and Mrs. John L. Strong prides itself on continuing to uphold the tradition of handwritten notes despite the speed of the digital era.
The stationery—ranging from elegant wedding invitations to holiday-card sets—are created using old world techniques such as hand-lining the envelopes and hand-engraving the cards. Its custom stationery, which comes in sets of 100, costs $1,150.
From Canada: Maurèle
Although a newcomer on the stationery scene, Montreal’s Maurèle creates custom letter paper, note cards, and leather goods from the consciously sourced recycled pulp of North American mills.
The Maurèle aesthetic is simple and clean, created by husband-and-wife team Nick D’Urbano and Cece de la Montagne, who fell in love with classic pen-and-paper correspondence. Maurèle products come in a wide range of colors and fonts, some inspired by historical figures such as Salvador Dalí. A 48-pack of the simple house stationery costs $50.