Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer
25th Street, #3W
917-392-1417 (by appointment only)
Hand engraving is a dying art, but when it comes to upscale stationery, it's the only way to go. And Nancy Sharon Collins is one of the few still doing it. Collins focuses on typefaces from the twenties, thirties, and forties (don't come to her looking for cute symbols), uses hand-mixed inks, and works with the highest-quality papers ranging from onionskin up to four-ply board. Orders start at about $1,800 (for a set of 500 calling cards, correspondence cards, and monarch letter sheets with name only, on 100 percent cotton-rag paper).
23 West 18th Street
2030 Broadway, near 70th Street
GREAT DEAL: For over a decade, Paper Access has been a fixture in Chelsea. The 7,000-square-foot space is packed with note cards, boxed sets in styles ranging from traditional to groovy, over 50 brands of single-sheet paper from all over the world (including handmade papers from Nepal), and envelopes in every size and color, journals, and some office supplies. We hear that even fancy stationery people come here for their more casual wares.