The Press

Every month or so I send notes, short letters and cards - handwritten - to a handful of family and friends around the world. I love the concept of the postal mail. How a simple letter will need to pass through many hands to reach its final destination; a small 'army' of helpers to convey a lovely message.

Whenever we are in New York or London or Hamburg or Venice (and quite a few other places) we spend hours in stationary shops, exploring the endless options of printed or letterpress designs. The creativity is inspiring. The inspiration is almost overwhelming and we leave each boutique feeling happy with a card (or ten) that will hopefully bring a smile to its recipient.

 By  Bespoke Letterpress  via their Pinterest board.

By Bespoke Letterpress via their Pinterest board.

E-mails are good. But parcels and post are better.
— anon

Letterpress cards are my favorites. Their texture, the process of producing them, the vintage experience they bring along; it is a marvel. I recently 'discovered' a wonderful letterpress in Australia (not exactly around the corner, but luckily they ship to Curacao as well). Have a look at Bespoke Letterpress when you have a chance.

 By  Bespoke Letterpress  via their Pinterest board.

By Bespoke Letterpress via their Pinterest board.

“How wonderful it is to be able to write someone a letter! To feel like conveying your thoughts to a person, to sit at your desk and pick up a pen, to put your thoughts into words like this is truly marvelous.”
— Haruki Murakami
 By  Bespoke Letterpress  via their Pinterest board.

By Bespoke Letterpress via their Pinterest board.

Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment
— Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey