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Furoshiki Chic

I’m one of many lamenting next month’s shuttering of New York’s beloved Takashimaya, the North American outpost of the oldest and most venerated Japanese department stores. It’s always been an emporium filled with unexpected and delightful finds and a lot of wonderful memories. In a former life, my boyfriend sent me a gorgeous gift from Takashimaya that was wrapped in a furoshiki, a traditional Japanese cloth used for wrapping gifts. What was the gift? I have absolutely no recollection, but 13 years later what remains memorable is the way the gift was wrapped, not the gift itself. I still have the fabric square tucked away. {As for that thoughtful boyfriend with great taste, he’s now my husband.}

At the Stationery Show earlier this week, I loved meeting Kelly Autumn Sperbeck at Chewing the Cud – not only did we have many points of connection back in California, but she was happy that I didn’t call the beautiful squares of printed cotton gift wrap “scarves”, though that’s precisely what they look like unless they’re wrapped around a clever gift. Chewing the Cud cleverly calls these furoshiki Give Wraps. I say, give them AND wear them—they’re simply too wonderful to sit in a drawer.

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Another friend and style maven Bonnie Dahan of Viva Terra has been a furoshiki fan for as long as I have known her. Viva Terra uses dupioni silk furoshiki wraps as their signature eco-friendly gift wrap. So chic!

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You can learn to do a myriad of ties, folds and clever wraps here. Happy wrapping!

Terrain Special Events Soirée

Last night we had a great evening at the events open house at terrain in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. {Full disclosure: my husband runs this garden lifestyle brand for Urban Outfitters.} The evening was magical and well attended. I met so many great people and had a fun time showing our custom letterpress invitations to brides and grooms.

Terrain has been quietly booking events from weddings and rehearsal
dinners to birthday dinners and parties since they opened about two
years ago. They have a new chef {the amazing Keith Rudolf,
the former chef de cuisine from Supper in Philadelphia} and an in-house events team who are collaborative, creative and attentive. Terrain isn’t simply an ideal spot for Sunday brunch, it’s also a dreamscape for weddings and other events.

I always get so inspired when I spend time at terrain. I come away wanting to completely redefine my indoor and outdoor living spaces, overhaul my entertaining and unplug my life. That’s saying a lot for someone who isn’t a gardener at heart. Terrain is part reverie, part store, part experiential bliss. Last night didn’t disappoint. Feast your eyes!

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A Sneak Peek

After releasing two new album lines in 2009, we’re busy at work behind the scenes on our next launch that will be available later this year. In the meantime, we have a few surprises up our sleeves that we’ll be sharing soon!

As we do every year, we sent out a fun card this week to all the wonderful dealers we work with from coast to coast to let them know that we’ll miss seeing them this year at the National Stationery Show, but we’re preparing some exciting things to come at Dauphine Press – edge painting is just one fun finishing touch that we’re adding to our repertoire!


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Dealers on the east coast were treated to an interesting postmark on their “delight delivery” which were sent from the nation’s first post office located in Philadelphia’s Old City. Brides take note: this is the only post office in the country that hand cancels each piece of mail as a matter of course. The unique postmark bears the signature of Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General: “B. Free Franklin.” Even the postmark date is set in vintage form, including the abbreviation for the month of May.

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This is also the only post office in the country that does not fly the
American flag. Why? Because when it was established in 1775 we weren’t a country yet, so there was simply no flag to fly.

Post office photo from here.

Don’t miss out – Free Deals for the Month of May!

Don’t miss out on this month’s fantastic deals! For the first time ever, we are offering free envelope liners OR free rounded corners on all invitation and announcement orders during the month of May. This amazing offer applies to all of our letterpress invitation collections: Dauphine Press Custom Portfolio, Coral and Bar & Bat Mitzvah.

When you visit one of our Dauphine Press dealers, please bring along this form which outlines all the details, or contact us for more information.

Happy shopping!

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San Francisco Ballet Silver Celebration

This year, Dauphine Design had the honor of working with the San Francisco Ballet to design the event invitations and materials for their opening night gala celebrating creative director Helgi Tomasson‘s silver anniversary.

Early on in the design process, a stark palette of white, silver and gunmetal gray was established. Later at our presentation of several concepts to Helgi and his wife Marlene, he personally selected a minimalist design in which the words “Silver Celebration” were printed in a whisper of varnish on the white cover of the invitation. We incorporated silver foil on the metallic vellum flysheet inside the invitation, as well as on the belly band {which, when removed, revealed the letterpress “Silver Celebration” on the cover}. Metallic elements were also introduced in the envelope liners, the silver response envelopes and the die cut menus which sat inside each dinner plate at the event.




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The event was also a tribute to Helgi’s entire family. Cabernet from their private vineyard was poured, photos taken by his son Erik were used throughout the invitations, and his wife Marlene was honored with a Lew Christensen medal which recognizes extraordinary service to the San Francisco Ballet.

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The Silver Celebration was, by all accounts, an affair to remember. We are proud to have been a part of the festivities!

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