For nearly 30 years, Marc Friedland has helped the world’s most celebrated individuals, brands and organizations commemorate milestones and everyday moments with his renowned custom-made invitations and couture communications.
All of Marc’s original designs are works of art … from his now-iconic Academy Award® -winner’s envelope to his exquisite correspondence collections for Frontgate. These new Marc Friedland collections combine one-of-a-kind textured papers with old-world printing techniques … all meticulously handcrafted and assembled at his Los Angeles studio.
With no further ado, here’s Marc:
When Frontgate asked me to create a signature stationery collection, I was thrilled. And as a passionate believer in the romance and beauty of written correspondence, I embraced the opportunity to be a contributor for this blog.
Consider this. In today’s world of dashed emails and text message, 140-character tweets and rushed Facebook “Likes,” are we really creating the kind of deep connections that nourish us all? Think about it. When was the last time you printed and saved an email? Or tucked away a digital Christmas card?
Precisely because we live in a world of instant, impulsive communication, a handwritten note has become tremendously impactful. Paper-and-pen convey an intimacy and warmth that will never be achieved in pixels. The crisp envelope, a distinctive notecard and the familiar penmanship all prompt a rush of anticipation and curiosity – and create a heartfelt impression.
I think you’ll find that our thoughtfully designed Writer’s Wardrobe, with its embossed suede journal, three styles of monogrammed notecards, hand-lined envelopes and chic gift cards, is perfect for everything from commemorating milestones to the pleasures of personal reflection.
Think of the stationery as your canvas. A beautifully embellished notecard – chosen from the Writer’s Wardrobe or perhaps from the monogrammed paisley and damask patterned Initial Brilliance Stationery – expresses your personality nearly as much as the words themselves. These notecards come with a single crystal monogram or in a dazzling holiday motif.
Finally, our Treasures of the Season Keepsake Box is a marvelous archival system. It’s an elegant way to store all the cards you receive and includes a journal to help you keep track of names, addresses and personal details. It makes a wonderful gift, too.
So whether you’re crafting a thank you note, sending holiday wishes or reconnecting with a long-lost friend, why not do it with luxury and style? Your handwritten prose may be simple or it may be profound … but it will be personal. And a handcrafted card promises to turn your words into treasured keepsakes.
More to come,
An herb-rubbed turkey. Sage & sausage dressing. Roasted sweet potatoes. The cornucopia of flavors and textures prompts the annual dilemma: what’s the ideal wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner?
First, the old adage of white wine with white meat gets tossed like the turkey bones to the dog. Because the meal clearly involves more complex flavors … not to mention complicated family preferences.
As the host, you certainly want the libations to please many palates as well as make your food the star. So, with the help of our partner, Laithwaite’s Wines, we’ve developed a foolproof selection of wines that go very well with turkey.
Light to medium-bodied Pinot Noir boasts considerable meal pairing versatility. The grape’s thin skin translates into silky soft tannins in the wine and a bright fruitiness. This combination allows more flexibility with brining and seasoning, and even holds up to a spicy Cajun dry brine. Try DeLoach’s Sonoma Pinot from the Boisset Family Six Collection. […]
Despite our revolt against George III, Britain has never really lost its hold on Americans. We’re smitten with its royals, captivated with its history and enlightened by its literature.
And when we travel, we’re stimulated by its rich cultural legacy … yet we feel right at home. This affinity was the rich inspiration for one of our Master Suite collections: the London Townhouse.
Beyond its lofty cathedrals and regal palaces, London is one of the world’s most bustling and cosmopolitan cities. If you only have a single day in London, we say spend it in Soho. Wandering its quiet maze of streets, you’ll discover the international esprit that makes this city’s present as great as its past.
Arrive early to stake out a counter stool at the tiny Koya Bar (50 Frith St.). With just 25 seats, this long, narrow diner feels surprisingly spacious. You can order a standard Japanese morning meal – grilled fish, miso soup, rice and pickles, but the steaming bowl of English Breakfast udon is the real draw. Topped with fried egg, bacon and shiitake mushrooms, this sublime dish is sure to clear away any lingering jet lag. […]
While food – and the chefs who prepare it – reign as the artisanal masters of the kitchen, a new contender is emerging. It’s handcrafted dinnerware.
After years of using pristine white china as the canvas for presenting their culinary achievements, cooks – from the home gourmet to the celebrity chef – are now favoring colorful handcrafted dinnerware.
The tablescape has always been a part of the dining experience, but the trend toward more rustic place settings is evidence that the farm-to-table movement is casting an even wider net. Diners are interested in provenance, not just of their food and wine, but also of their plate. And dinnerware with more color and texture dovetails perfectly with this sort of simple, authentic cooking.
Our Vigneto collection, for example, is both substantial and vivid. Each earthenware piece is molded from clay from the hills of Umbria, an Italian region renowned for its high-end ceramics. Inspired by the luscious colors of the landscape, artisans paint its timeless grapevine motif in intricate detail, from leaves and stems to the fruit itself.