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Lallie and Stationery Fine Press at the NSS

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

First of all, I would like to thank all the great printing companies and designers for making the investment in time and money to raise their flag at the National Stationery Show (“NSS”).    It is a worthy and noble effort and encourages me – and hopefully many other stationers – to stand up and rejoice that “good taste” and “etiquette” will survive yet another year.   Also, kudos to the organizers of the NSS for making this great event possible.

For those independent stationers visiting the Javits Center, make sure you make a point of dropping into every vendor booth and thank them for attending.  As Sheila is often prone to say (at least in my case), “you will live much longer by spreading ‘peace and joy,’ rather than having suicidal thoughts while on yet another interminable hold for customer service.”   She is probably right, but it is often hard to do.

We just received a missive from Lallie and Stationery Fine Press – quoted in its entirely below – that the 2014 Lallie Holiday Album is ready to ship and other good news.  We are thrilled that Stationery Fine Press has “gone the extra mile” to preserve this iconic brand of fine stationery and invitations.  So if you have a chance, make sure you visit them at Booth 2655


We have exciting news about Lallie for you!
We are thrilled to be launching the first Lallie collection since Lallie arrived at Stationery Works!  The opportunity to continue the Lallie legacy in its new home at Stationery Works delights everyone here, and we hope you as well!
LOTS of news for you!
First, Lallie Holiday 2014 is ready to order!!!  The Gallery is attached as a PDF to this email for your review and enjoyment.  Forty-seven whimsical and beautiful holiday suites will be included in the new collection. Come see this new collection for yourself at the National Stationery Show – Stationery Works will be in Booth 2655.  We are excited to see you!
Not coming to show?  You can preorder by sending me an email to place your order!  As our thanks to you, our current Lallie dealers are being offered this collection for a special discounted price of $250.  We will ship the albums by June 30 in a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED order, so email or call today to beat the Stationery Show crowds!
Next, since Lallie is now a part of the Stationery Works family of printed collections, I am delighted to share with you some of the perks of being a family member!  You can look forward to:
-  pricing that is, on average for 100 pieces, about 15-20% less than prior card pricing.  Some cards are a bit less, some a bit more, but overall, your clients will enjoy savings with their Lallie selections!
up to 3 complimentary proof sets with each order, sent to you within 1 business day of us receiving your order or changes!
- our commitment to a quick turnaround for shipment of your approved Lallie orders – generally around 7 business days, although some orders may take a bit more if they are generously embellished.
- the option for Foil Stamping as another printing method!
- our stellar customer service!  We have a company-wide commitment to treating each order as if it were our very own.  You will enjoy this level of care with each of your orders, no matter how large or small.  We are proud of our work, and it shows!    :)
Coming up soon will be a Creative Library Resource which will be a “one-stop shop” for all your Lallie line options – paper and ink swatches, motifs, foil colors, etc., with which you can help your clients bring their vision to life!  This Creative Library will be necessary for each dealer to have – stay tuned for details!
Also coming to you will be a Pricing Summary with which you can easily price your own stationery selections.  No more need for quoting if you change a card from how it’s shown in the album!!  You’ll be able to knowledgeably share pricing with your clients as they are customizing their cards, working within their design options and budgets.
Many of you have expressed interest in becoming a dealer for Designers’ Fine Press, our letterpress album line.  We are debuting two new Wedding albums - The Felicity Collection (Wedding 6) that features beautiful letterpress and foil designs, and The Classic Collection (Wedding 7) that showcases gorgeous traditional wedding suites in Thermography, Letterpress and/or foil.  You can view these two new collections at (Felicity) and (Classic), and if you’re interested in carrying our line, let me know!  We would be delighted to serve you through Designers’ Fine Press as well as Lallie!
FINALLY, attached to this email is also the . . . . drum roll please . . . . Lallie 2015 Calendar Preorder Form!  Fill this out and give it to us at Show or fax it in to 513-831-0103 by JUNE 30 to place your Calendar order!  We anticipate them beginning to ship in late September!
Heartfelt thanks to all of you for welcoming us into the world of Lallie!!!
Stationery Works
Home of Designers’ Fine Press and Lallie
513.831.0523 ring, 513.831.0103 fax
Visit our booth at the National Stationery Show in NYC!
Booth 2655
May 18-21, 2014

We look forward to seeing you!
Our best to All!
Sheila and Richard May
Founding Members of the Stationers Guild

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National Stationery Show Turns a Corner

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Sheila and I are certainly looking forward to the National Stationery Show (“NSS”) this year and so should you.    Some of the heavy-hitters of previous years have decided to give the NSS a pass as they pursue business strategies that only time-and-motion enthusiasts find exciting.  Only time will tell if the “best and the brightest” can successfully navigate through their self-made maze of mediocrity and discover that there is a “real” world not shaped by Excel spreadsheets and endless  mind-numbing PowerPoint presentations.

While the masters-of-the-universe are still trying to establish a “new world order” of the stationery industry, many talented designers are busily revamping their operations to provide their clients with fresh new designs and printing options that dazzle.    For instance, Real Card Studio and Studio R are now adding engraving and digital printing options to their already stunning letterpress inspirations.    What a welcome relief!     We will certainly be queuing up to see these new albums at NSS.

Also, under the able leadership of Paul Wainman, Kleinfeld will be introducing their latest wedding invitation designs.   We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview on some of  Kleinfeld’s wedding invitation samples and were certainly impressed.  Furthermore,  turnaround estimates are certainly far more reasonable than current industry standards.

Both Sheila and I are looking forward to seeing the new designs in invitations and stationery and hope that we will see  many fellow stationers at the show.  Looking forward to seeing you at the National Stationery Show.

Sheila and Richard May
Members Stationers Guild

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