Between my daily – really hourly – indulgence of viewing images on Instagram, I am so inspired by the abundant creativity that is inherent in our industry. Move over fashion, stationery is where it's at!
Whether color, graphics, technique, mood, format, size, imagery or subject matter, paper is such a versatile medium for artistic expression – and it's getting better and more exciting every day.
What we're seeing in the way of new companies entering the Show is setting the stage for greatness in May 2017.
Hint: book your flights and hotels early!
Enjoy this issue and have a great start to fall.


Swag Vintage Designs

Lauren Dunn, owner of Swag Vintage Designs, describes her store as a "jewelry, gifts and curiosities shop with a seamless mix of vintage and new products for a unique, European-inspired style." Located in the charming neighborhood of Tujunga Village in Studio City, CA, Swag carries an ever-changing selection of beautiful antiques and vintage-inspired pieces, merchandised alongside current gift and stationery lines such as Kate Spade/Lifeguard Press, Hester & Cook, Mr. Boddington's Studio, Chase and Wonder, and many others. Here are five fun facts about the store:

1. Swag is run by mother-daughter creative duo Lauren and Tammy. They have an undying love for vintage and antiques from all different periods, but they don't discriminate between old and new when it comes to beautiful things.

2. Lauren is a filmmaker and often uses products from the store in her videos.

3. Tammy was a jewelry designer and interior designer, and she combines these passions when decorating and finding Swag's products.

4. Swag has a store mascot: Bella the Frenchie!

5. Swag has been a brick-and-mortar shop for eight years, carrying furniture and accessories, exquisite jewelry, vintage chandeliers and glassware, luscious candles, luxurious linens and more. This year, it will be launching a web store.


What is your company's mission statement, and how does it inform what you do?

"Our mission statement is to give voice and style to everyone's desire to connect. Of course, style is objective to a large extent, but our style tends to be colorful, contemporary and clean. In our hurried world, connections are overlooked or brushed off in a quick text or email, and it is appreciated when someone makes a personal connection with a card."

– Nicky Burton, Owner, Calypso Cards, a Providence, RI-based publisher and distributor of contemporary greeting cards. 

"Moglea’s goal is to make artful products that feel intimately one-of-a-kind inside a world of mass-produced product. Our production processes are vital within the creative process, as the explorative nature of production is the driver for the aesthetic of each design."

– Meg Gleason, Co-Creative Director, Moglea, which creates one-of-a-kind cards and gifts in its Iowa-based studio using hand-applied production processes.

 "We are #paperwithattitude. We create products for real people, in life's most real moments, and we think about what you might really want to say. This informs what we do, because we don't play by the rules. We believe that being elegant and being edgy are not mutually exclusive and, sometimes, life needs profanity. We aim to empower everyone, especially women, to say what they want to say and not to feel confined by the rules society makes for them."

– Victoria Venturi, Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Paper Epiphanies, a sassy gift and stationery company based in Southern California.


Going Gray

Fashionistas have declared gray to be the new black – and many stationery and gift companies have picked up on this trend and incorporated this hot hue into their newest designs.


Exhibitors at NSS 2017

We're pleased to welcome these and other outstanding companies to the NSS 2017. Keep watch! The list is growing every day! To view the complete list of exhibitors to date, click here
1canoe2 • Albertine Press • Allport Editions• Avanti • Blackbird Letterpress • Blue Mountain Arts • Bonnie Marcus Collection • Calypso Cards, Inc. • Canetti Design Group Inc. • Carlson Craft • Caspari, Inc. • Chronicle Books • Design With Heart • Eccolo Ltd. • Embossed Graphics • Emily McDowell Studio • Fiorentina LLC • Found Image Press • Freund-Mayer & Co., Inc. • Gartner Studios, Inc. • Global Solutions • Hallmark Cards • Hello!Lucky • Hester and Cook Design Group • International Arrivals LLC • Katie Leamon • Kikkerland Design Inc. • Lifeguard Press • Made By Humans 2 Designs • Maginating • MapTote • Masterpiece Studios • Michael Roger, Inc. • MOUNTAINCOW PROFESSIONAL INVITATION SOFTWARE • Mr. Boddington's Studio • Oblation Papers and Press • Oddball Press • OrangeArt • Papyrus-Recycled Greetings • Penguin Random House • Peter Pauper Press • PrintsWell • Retro 1951, Inc. • Rifle Inc. • Sakura of America • San Lorenzo Intl., Inc. • Screech Owl Design, LLC • Smock • Smudge Ink • sugar paper los angeles • Talking Tables • teNeues • The Gift Wrap Company • The Madison Park Group • Trend Wedding & Events • Up With Paper/UWP LUXE • Viabella • Waste Not Paper • Xonex • Yafa Pen Company • and many more!


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