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Best Custom Monograms

  • Caroline Brackenridge


    If you aren’t to the manner born, Caroline Brackenridge can help. She’ll run up eight unique, gracefully intertwined, and eminently tasteful versions of your initials, charging $450 plus a onetime $150 fee to digitize the one you choose and get it ready for action. Brackenridge will then embroider it onto linens, towels, bathrobes, or nightgowns, or even etch glassware or imprint stationery. A set of 406-thread-count queen-size sheets and shams runs about $660; a bath sheet is just under $100. Scroll through the handsome samples on her Website (, and you’ll suddenly envy those matrilineal Spanish names with five or six initials—or that kid you know whose parents hyphenated every name in both families.

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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