|Formerly Vendel Shakespeare, now Armorial.|
Lately I’ve been yearning for new stationery, notecards actually, so I headed into Paris to see what my favorite emporium had to offer.
First, I discovered my favorite emporium no longer exists. Well, it does and it doesn’t it was purchased by Armorial which has a reputation equal to my former stationer. My reaction was two-fold: “That’s fine, Armorial is as divine as Vendel Shakespeare was; my second thought was, “Oh, no, my copper engraving plate is lost forever.”
Marie, the charming saleswoman, said it might indeed be lost in the transition, but after much searching she found it. That was excellent news even though it was not my intention to have my new notecards engraved. Furthermore, my plate says Letitia and I wanted Tish on the new ones.
|Inside, as you can see, Armorial is delightfully refined. Several glass cases display gorgeous fountain pens. I inquired if there was still a demand for them. “Definitely,” I was told.|
I think letterpress will be the process by which my new notecards will be made. They’re still expensive, but considerably less compared to engraving. To my surprise and to that of Marie, she admitted, for letterpress I had only the choice of pure white or three different tones of cream and matte or a sort of glossy finish in the card stock. I was hoping for a pale blue like my Letitia notecards and stationary, but it was not to be.
I chose a medium cream matte stock with my name in navy blue and then — just to make the whole affair even more extravagant — I ordered envelopes lined in navy blue.
|You know those studies that prove that when we have too many choices we tend to doubt the choice we make — I’m now wondering whether navy blue is entirely too ho-hum.|
Armorial offers a distressingly overwhelming choice of ink colors. Marie presented me with one of those paint nuance thingies and fanned it out on her desk. Who knew there were so many hues of blue? Now I’m wondering if I should have been slightly more daring in my color choice. I still have time to change my mind. For the moment we are in a back-and-forth about the centering and placement of my name. I think they do that to make you feel like it’s some sort of haute couture paper to justify the price.
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