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What’s the Best Stationery?

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.

G. Lalo Stationery Paper

“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 & Co. Spring Green Bordered Correspondence Cards

“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

Smythson Bordered Correspondence Cards

“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

Sugar Paper Pen to Paper Note Set

“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.

Hello Darling Social Stationery Flat Note Cards by Rifle Paper Co.

“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

Paper Monkey Press Cards

“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

Quick Brown Fox Letterpress Cards

“I use oversize note cards (I get a custom version done with a silhouette of my head) from Quick Brown Fox Letterpress in Brooklyn. You can shop the Etsy store easily, too.” — Robert Verdi, stylist

Crown Mill Classics Luxury Writing DOUBLE Correspondence Cards

“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 Giraffe Notes

“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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What’s the Best Stationery?