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Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the handwritten note has made a comeback not only as a means to stay in touch with loved ones but also as one way to support the U.S. Postal Service. And as the ever chic Chris Plantan explains, the stationery you use is a reflection of your style and personality. Here, we share our 14 favorite stationery brands.


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Alissa Bell

Offering stunning stationery, notebooks and memo boxes, this eponymous studio creates common goods with uncommon style with the goal to make luxury an everyday word. We can get behind that. Founder Alissa Bell puts it best: “For us, paper is permanent, style is foundational and beautiful things are necessary to elevate the experience of your everyday.”


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Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper is a beloved letterpress company out of Los Angeles that gets its name from the paper used to store sugar (it’s also another term for construction paper). The brand’s sweet, simple aesthetic has helped it become a favorite among such celebrities as Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon, who clamor to get their hands on Sugar Paper’s stationery, greeting cards, planners and the like.


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Papier

The drive behind this London-based company when it debuted in 2015? To inspire people to connect with each other in a more thoughtful way — something that’s needed now more than ever. For its cards, invitations, stationery, photo books and more, Papier partners with top-notch designers for exclusive collaborations that are brought to life with the brand’s quality printing and premium paper.


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Cloth & Paper

Ashley Reynolds, the brains behind this Black-owned paper goods company, believes that there is luxury in simplicity — and we agree. The brand’s stationery, planners, pens and more are indeed delightfully simple. There’s even a subscription box for absolute paper fiends.


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Minted

Most of us think custom photo cards when we think Minted, but the online powerhouse also offers planners, notebooks and custom stationery. The common thread? All of Minted’s goods are designed by independent artists, helping these creatives gain exposure and helping you find something that fits your personal style perfectly.


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Haute Papier

This Washington-based brand grew out of owners Erin Miller and Sarah Meyer Walsh’s shared passion for letterpress printing. Today, the company’s paper goods are on offer at top retailers like Anthropologie and Bloomingdale’s. The duo still aims to push the envelope (get it?) in both business and design, catching the attention of Oprah, Martha Stewart, the White House and more with Haute Papier’s stationery, coasters, napkins and other stylish accessories.


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Maurèle

Style meets sustainability with Canadian paper goods company Maurèle. The brand was launched last fall by husband-and-wife duo Nick D’Urbano and Cece de la Montagne as a sort of revolt during the digital era (how prescient of them pre-COVID). With wares ranging from stationery to note cards to notepads, Maurèle takes its cues from the stunning letterheads of such historical figures as Salvador Dalí, Albert Einstein and Frank Lloyd Wright.


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Rifle Paper Co.

You can’t think paper goods in today’s day and age without Anna Bond’s hand-painted creations coming to mind. She started by designing her own wedding invitation then that of friends, and today, Rifle Paper Co. has expanded into clothing, accessories, home decor and more. All bear the brand’s signature bold colors and whimsical designs.


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Mrs. Strong

This heritage brand was founded in 1929 by Flora Strong (the Mrs.) and to this day upholds the tradition of handcrafting fine stationery. The company’s goal? To save paper from extinction one fabulous hand-engraved card at a time. Consider that mission accomplished.


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Appointed

Beautiful paper goods aren’t just to be enjoyed by their recipients; they can also be enjoyed by you. Enter Appointed, whose American-made wares — think notebooks, planners, desktop accessories, writing tools and the like — are thoughtfully crafted and uber functional, made to elevate the work experience.


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An Organised Life

Beck Wadworth launched this Aussie brand with the desire to bring structure and organization to busy lives. (Thank you!) It began as a blog and has blossomed into a full-fledged paper goods company, with journals, notebooks, planners, pens and the like on offer. The blog is still alive and well, providing plenty of inspo and tips.


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Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising exists for one reason: joy. And the brand’s hyper personalized correspondence is a great way to spread that to your loved ones. The company’s exceptionally designed cards can be customized with your favorite photo to commemorate a special occasion, celebrate a big announcement or just make someone’s day.


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In Haus Press

Founder Treasa Ewing has a love of paper and an eye for detail, which is reflected in all of In Haus Press’s offerings. The aesthetic is beautiful yet understated, and the goods are produced via a hand-fed printing process called slow printing. The brand’s note cards, invitations, announcements and limited-edition prints are all designed, printed, photographed and packaged in Ewing’s San Francisco studio, hence the apt name.


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Smythson

This Bond Street icon has been in business since 1887, catering to fashionistas like Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh with its impeccably crafted leather goods and accessories. Equally luxurious is the British brand’s handcrafted stationery, from custom business cards to correspondence cards to personalized wedding invitations.

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