Saturday, May 19, 2012

New York City bound!

Happy Saturday, friends! Samantha and I are SO excited to be headed to NYC tomorrow for the National Stationery Show! It's hard to believe this will be our 4th trip to the show and I think I am more excited to go than ever before. We have been busy bees here at the shop designing and printing gorgeous wedding invitations (hence the lack of blog posting - sorry!) so this little break from our normal work day will be refreshing. It is so inspiring to walk the aisles of the Javitz center and see booth after booth of incredible designs and beautiful printing. As letterpress and screen printing have really made a comeback over the last few years it seems there are more and more small artisan companies exhibiting at the show and less of the mass-produced, China-made products.

The NSS only happens once a year so we have a lot to cram in our little 4-day adventure. In addition to shopping for the store, which consists of placing orders with our current vendors as well as scoping out new companies to carry, we will also be on the lookout for new wedding invitation albums and we'll spend a lot of time visiting with our current designers whose albums we carry now. It's so much fun to see all of the new designs and offerings - from the sneak peeks we've seen online I have a feeling we are going to be blown away!

One of the best parts about attending the show is receiving ridiculously awesome invitations in the mail. I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorites:

 {totally stoked for Fig. 2 Design - neon gift wrap? yes please!}

{Sugar Paper's designs are classic and beautiful but usually a little more expensive than we feel comfortable with at the shop - I'm sure we'll spend time trying to decide if this is the year to try them out!}

{Sister companies Smock & Bella Figura sent out these gorgeous letterpress + foil invitations!}

{Dauphine Press, one of our favorite wedding invitation vendors will be launching new foil options!}

 {Alee & Press, current invitation vendor & my design idol, is debuting a retail line! I'm anticipating this launch to be the biggest buzz at the show. Amanda will be offering boxed note sets, greeting cards, calendars and note books! She's pretty darn talented so I can only imagine how beautiful these pieces will be.}

{Anemone Letterpress debuted last year with several other companies in a shared, large booth. This year she is standing alone and I am eager to see how she'll present herself!}

{We received this adorable card, reminiscent of old seed packets, from a new company called Seed House. No idea what they will be offering but we are so smitten with the design that we will surely swing by their booth!}

Alright, sorry to go on and on! Be sure to check out our Facebook page regularly over the next few days as we'll be posting pics of new finds and favorite booths as we walk the show! I'm going to leave you with a couple of process photos from this DIY Ombré booth by Wild Ink Press! Isn't this amazing? How cool would that look in a kid's room? Forget that, I'd like to do this to my office!
 {Jealous yet? Photos courtesy of Wild Ink Press}

The store will be open normal hours and Lizzy will be here to ensure your proofs arrive to your inbox safely and orders are placed. We'll be back Thursday - enjoy this gorgeous weather!

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