Three years ago I was attending my very first National Stationery Show walking through the aisles starry eyed with my then boss from a small home and gift boutique in Savannah. She opened my eyes to a whole new world of design, one that I had never even considered. I had planned on going down the corporate road of graphic design, even though it was never quite the right fit. After a few years of strictly custom design work, a second full time job to being in an advertising agency by day, I took the leap a year ago to pursue my dream full time as a stationery designer. And now I’m finishing up preparations for my very first National Stationery Show… as an exhibitor. I am so proud of the debut collection and have been anxiously awaiting being able to share it all with you.
Belle & Union Co. is a labor of love, a union of many things… first and foremost being my husband and I. Josh hails from north of the Mason-Dixon line, and I am a Southern gal to my core. The quaint city of Savannah brought us together, but we always hold strong to our respective roots. He is the master pressman and I am the chip weasel behind the computer, or doodling at my desk. Together we bring you writings, wrappings and wares with charm… a medley of goods brimming with old-fashioned American wit and wisdom.
Introducing the Belle & Union Co. twenty twelve collection, consisting of 32 letter pressed greeting cards, boxed notes, jotters, notepads, recipe cards, screen printed tea towels and gift wrap. Retailers, come visit us at the National Stationery Show at the Jacob K Javits Center in New York City, Booth #1753.
I have to say thank you to my patient and understanding friends and family, especially my three ducks, for hanging in there through the late nights, tears and countless revisions. Josh, we’ve come a long way with this little idea of mine… from skepticism to pure unconditional love and support. I miss you so much and wish you could be here to share all of this with me. Mom, you may still not understand the crazy ideas I talk about, but thanks for always being willing to listen, and help me figure out how to make things happen even when part of me has lost hope. Liz, I don’t think there are enough words for me to say thank you for all the pointing, clapping and quacking… but most of all for introducing me to this special place in the design world. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Photography by Mary Britton Senseney.