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  • Note Well - Smythson stationery
  • Note Well - Benneton Graveur Stationary cursive
  • Note Well - Mrs. John L. Strong
  • Note Well - Olivier de Sercey
  • Note Well - Benneton Graveur Stationary
  • Note Well - Marc Jacobs’s note cards
  • Note Well - Louis Vuitton Stationary
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    My hot pink Smythson stationery.

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    I ordered my name in cursive from Benneton Graveur.

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    The cherry note cards are from Mrs. John L. Strong.

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    The pale pink set is from Olivier de Sercey.

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    After seeing this flag stationery at Benneton Graveur, I was inspired to get my daughter’s birth announcement made there.

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    Marc Jacobs’s note cards from Benneton Graveur.

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    My new Louis Vuitton custom stationery.

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Note Well

Stationery is one of my biggest indulgences. I have different kinds to suit my mood or the occasion, so I like to think it’s okay to have a wardrobe of stationery. Benneton Graveur, the legendary Paris stationer, is known for turning out beautiful and elaborate cards. Marc Jacobs had a drawing of his dogs made into stationery there; I ordered my first daughter’s birth announcement with them and splurged on some cards with our address in cursive when I was first living in Paris. Soon after, I discovered the chic Olivier de Sercey down the street from our apartment on the rue du Bac, which is where I get a lot of mine. I also once ordered monogrammed Smythson cards, with envelopes lined in hot pink tissue, which I still love. And I was excited to hear that Louis Vuitton has started a custom-stationery service! The classic cards come in great brown boxes—and make the best gifts. And the W editors turned me on to Mrs. John L. Strong, who made me these cherry cards and who seem to be able to do anything. I was thinking their gold-firecracker motif would make a nice card, but I should use some of the others up first…