We are nuts for stationery. In fact, one of our good friends, a stationer himself, calls us a "paper slut." We cannot help ourselves. We see fine writing paper, unusual letterhead, vellum with a textured hand, and we just have to have it. It's a darn good thing we still believe in writing letters -- proper thank-you notes, congratulatory letters, best-wishes epistles -- or all this paper we have accumulated over the years would render us a waiting-in-the-wings Collyer Sister. But we use it, we cherish it, we love it, and we mail it!
And so it's all the more reason that we adore Russell Sloane, makers of the finest writing papers and most wonderful letterset personalized stationery. If you have an unlimited budget, assuredly, whatever you order from them can exceed it! Sloane Madureira, half the team here, has a studio-art background from Pratt, while her husband and partner, Russell Maret, studied book arts with a renowned master. Together, they are a formidable pair and their work incorporates all manner of craftsman-like, unique details. Sloane excels at creating elaborate invitations, with many pieces, and she adores tracking down the just-right components of a multi-part mailing. Russell is the master printer and will perform his leger de main even on wood veneer.
Like so many things we adore, stationery from this duo isn't inexpensive, but then we are a firm believer in having your papers put forth the right image (people often see your papers before they meet you, you know) and you should spend, spend, spend for that image. Wedding invitations with many parts (maps, binders, and so on) can go up to $60 or more per piece, and more pedestrian, everyday (but equally gorgeous) social stationery (with a two-week turnaround) can cost $700 to $1,200 for a box of 200. With prices like that, you?ll find you really WANT to write notes to people, especially those who will truly appreciate not only getting a handwritten note, but will also revel in the paper itself. 336 W. 37th St., Suite 204; 212-539-0184; www.russellsloane.com
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