Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Designer Spotlight: The Lettered Olive

I've been pouring through our new album from The Lettered Olive - a couture paper company based out of Charleston, South Carolina and New York City. It's just absolutely amazing. The designs range from ornate and intricate to fresh and modern and everything in between. Whitney and I fell in love with The Lettered Olive when we met the lovely ladies at the NSS and got a peek at their gorgeous wedding album.

The big, beautiful album features over 18 stunning designs - all completely and truly customizable. Choose from a full library of detailing options from incredible, lace-like belly bands, punchy edge painting, and dozens of patterned backings and envelopes liners to a large collection of fonts and broad palate of colors. The options are endless and it's a joy to mix and match elements to create the absolute perfect invitation for each client.

One of the things I really love about this book is how they included photos of a wedding/party of similar aesthetic with each design. Seeing how the design, color and tone of a wedding or event can translate into an amazing, crafted invitations or vice versa really is truly inspiring.

As if I needed any more reason to love this company, The Lettered Olive honors a serious commitment to the environment. They print on 100% tree-free cotton paper using a wind-powered letterpress. All the inks are vegetable and/or VOC (volatile organic compound) based and they use only low VOC and citrus-based solvents to clean the presses. Pretty rad, right?

Take a peek at some of their amazing designs below. Bu,t I have to say, nothing beats coming in to see the real deal in person with all the bells and whistles. The Lettered Olive pieces are seriously beautiful and the book is a treat to look through.

(all photos courtesy of The Lettered Olive)

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