When design-minded types need to get a message across, they don’t just send a text — they go postal. Whether it’s a handwritten letter or elegant correspondence card, there’s nothing quite like knowing someone took the time to put pen to paper and send you a physical note. To find out the best stationery you can buy, we asked nine experts for their noteworthy favorites.
“I send out a good number of letters and cards. My favorite stationery these days is the stationery from G. Lalo, a classic French brand. My favorite is blue, which is hard to find, but there’s gray or rose, too. There’s also a nice pale-blue paper from Original Crown Mill. I try to write a letter every week (though I do lapse) to my 1-year-old granddaughter, Olive. I love writing a letter, addressing an envelope, affixing a stamp, and going to the mailbox to post the letter. I feel very much like Miss Marple, but without the murder.” — Maira Kalman, illustrator
Note: Most of the options here are sold out, but the champagne color is available.
“Crane — always Crane. I like the card stock of the Correspondence Card and choose the spring-green correspondence card, but they have regent blue and gold, too. But even more important than that is the pen. I have to use a Parker ballpoint, 1.0 mm.” — Nancy Mayerfield, interior designer
“For years, my everyday stationery has been Smythson of Bond Street, which offers a fine selection of niceties. In the 21st century when speed is everything, I still use their handiwork to communicate with sincerity and celerity.” — Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chairwoman of the New York State Council on the Arts
“My favorite stationery is from Sugar Paper. It’s an L.A.-based company that specializes in beautiful and unique letterpress cards that make a personal impression. I love the chic, yet minimal designs, and you can’t go wrong with the luxurious quality of the paper.” — Kara Smith, interior designer
Note: There are only a few of these sets left, but the “Uptown Girl: Short Do” option is available here.
“I collect postcards, so if I’m feeling cheap, I’ll make collages on them and use those as stationery (I’ll brand them “MOLLMARK”); but if I buy stationery, it’s usually from Brooklyn Bookbinder or from Rifle Paper Co., which often has great animal designs.” — Molly Roth, graphic designer
“Even though I’m an L.A.-based designer, I’ll always be a Bay Area boy at heart. I’ve used Paper Monkey Press in Oakland since it opened in 2000. They make all my personal, business, and clients’ stationery on hefty stock using a 100-year-old Chandler & Price letterpress. If you email her your ideas, she’ll send back exactly what you envisioned, or you can just shop her Minted page.” — Nathan Turner, interior designer
“I’m a big fan of Crown Mill stationery. It’s an old paper mill that replicates the stationery once commissioned by Belgian royalty. I guess I like correspondence that makes me feel like a 70-year-old man.” — Lee Cerre, art director, Everlane
“Mrs. John L. Strong is the stationery my family used. I keep it in a shagreen box on my desk, with a proper ink pen nearby so that I can easily write letters and thank-you notes. There is something nostalgic yet timeless about this little luxury.” — Jon Call, interior designer
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