It's not easy to find both sophisticated and modern stationery styles in the UK. Sophisticated [and stuffy], yes, but modern? Not so much - and certainly not online. There is a great correspondence tradition in Britain that I really do love, but the actual process of finding contemporary designs and buying said stationery is still very old-fashioned. You have to make an appointment at a bricks-and-mortar stationer, go through massive bound books to find an ok design, then wait a few weeks for printing, then go back to the bloody store to pick it up. Has anyone ever heard of the internet? Didn't think so.
Thank God for Jane Press, I say. Jane Press is a new online-only personalized stationery boutique that carries both traditional and contemporary designs, uses super high-quality paper and prints your order fast. Here are some of my favorites:
I really love these calling card designs, because they are different from anything I usually see. Plain white on the back of calling cards always seems like such a waste of space, and Jane doesn't do plain white [and I hate plain greeting card backs too, but that's another post]. Well done, Jane!