Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The search for holiday cards

Letter from Santa from Bella Scrittura.
One of my favorite Diaries on the NYSD is the page of holiday cards that DPC and JH receive and run each year at this time (and which they will be running on tomorrow's NYSD).

Another year nearly passed, I'm reminded yet again that the holidays are not about the parties or the gifts, but mainly the memories. Taking the time to stop and think about the year gone by serves us all.

The holiday season is a time to catch up with friends and family, to remember loved ones lost and those who have touched our lives.

Our family holiday photo card, designed and printed using Tiny Prints, where there are dozens of options.
How those times have changed. You can even see it in family photos and holiday cards we're receiving in the mail over the last few days.

For example, this past year I have received – for the first time ever – wedding invitations via email .... and it just doesn't feel right.

I love fine stationery, calligraphy, and the personal touch they relate to the recipient.

Only twice has my family taken a professional portrait, once from Bradford Bachrach when my son was a year old, and then one taken four years later by Joshua Hendon, the portrait photographer at the time. There I am dressed in an Adolfo, my husband in an evening suit, and our adorable child looking like Little Lord Fauntleroy!

This year, Ann Watt, who often shoots events for the NYSD, kindly offered to take our family photo, and so how could I refuse? I was excited because it occurred to me that I could also use it as a Holiday card. This started my quest for the right holiday card. 

Where do people go for their personal holiday cards? I found mine online through a company called Tiny Prints. I suppose I could have ordered it from iPhoto and had William Arthur print personal cards to go along.

I was shocked to learn that Tiffany & Company no longer carries boxed cards, and now have ony a limited book of engraved stationery. How did this happen? My own wedding invitation came from Tiffany, as did my son's birth announcement and my personal stationery.
Holiday stamps for the season, available at your local US Post Office.
So, the question begs, where does one go for holiday cards? Cartier was first on my list, and I went from there ...
A selection of Holiday cards from Cartier.
Natalie Sarabella for Bergdorf Goodman. Sold exclusively through Bergdorf Goodman, these hand-painted cards can be framed, $250.
Holiday cards at The Store at MAD.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. Golinkin: Rockefeller Center At Christmas Holiday Cards. Member Price: $8.08. Non-Member Price: $8.98.
Bernard Maisner at Bergdorf Goodman. Let it Snow Grand Statement Holiday Card.
Bernard Maisner at Bergdorf Goodman. Partridge in a Pear Tree Folder Card.
Bernard Maisner at Bergdorf Goodman. Season's Greetings with Flourished Border Folder Card.
Bernard Maisner at Bergdorf Goodman. Stocking Place Card.
Bella Scrittura. Envelope addressed in gold with hand-painted gold leaves.
Bella Scrittura. PEACE "quilt" cards. Original with illuminated letters and flourished bird hand-painted and sewn with gold thread. Bella Scrittura. Illuminated "J" in patent gold for book cover as a gift ~ also made into cards.
Bella Scrittura. "Isabelle " Illuminated and hand-lettered ~ a gift for a child's first Christmas.
Thornwillow at the St. Regis. All of Thornwillow's books, stationery and library accessories are crafted by hand in New York's Hudson Valley.
Thornwillow at the St. Regis. Dachshund.
Thornwillow at the St. Regis. Snowball Fight.
Thornwillow at the St. Regis. Juggling Snowman.
Deborah Delaney. A selection of envelopes.
Deborah Delaney. A December bride and groom chose to give Christmas ornaments as favors.
Deborah Delaney. Holiday place card.
Deborah Delaney. Place card. Gingerbread sleighs can be ordered by contacting Bryan Keller at 917-334-8620.
Deborah Delaney. New Year's cards.
Bespoke Christmas Cards from Scott Houston McBee / James Andrew. Santa.
Bespoke Christmas Cards from Scott Houston McBee / James Andrew. Falling Santa & Peace.
Bespoke Christmas Cards from Scott Houston McBee / James Andrew. Deer.
II Papiro. One of my favorite stationary stores that has everything you need to create the perfect holiday card.
II Papiro. A family seal for that beautiful finishing touch.
A selection of holiday card from PAPYRUS.
Joon New York.
Joon also carries some of the finest pens in the world.
Mont Blanc. Tribute to the Mont Blanc Ballpoint Pen. $900. A mighty nice something to write your card with, that is if you don't want to use the services of a calligrapher.
Neiman Marcus. Christian Lacroix Eight "Les Anges Baroques" Cards, $25. Neiman Marcus. Ann Scott Design 16 Assorted "Holiday Fashion" Greeting Cards, $40.
CONNOR at Barneys. Candle Holiday Cards, $65.
CONNOR at Barneys. Nutcracker Holiday Cards, $85.
CONNOR at Barneys. Winter Wonderland Holiday Cards, $85.
Bella Scrittura
Therese Swift-Hahn

Thornwillow at the St. Regis
Two East 55th Street

Deborah Delaney
215 West 91st Street, No 131


Bespoke Christmas Cards
Scott Houston McBee / James Andrew


Bernard Maisner at Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Ave, 7th Floor

II Papiro
1021 Lexington Ave Frnt 1

852 Lexington Avenue
& multiple locations

Joon New York
795 Lexington Avenue

Connor at Barneys
660 Madison Avenue

Neiman Marcus

Multiple locations

The Store at MAD

2 Columbus Circle