The holidays are just around the corner! We’re making the season even brighter by offering 20% off all holiday cards and invitations including Crane, William Arthur, Boatman Geller, Dabney Lee, Whitney English, Haute Papier, Page and more when ordered by October 31st*. Can’t find something you love? Let us custom design the perfect card for you!
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The streets of Chicago are bustling as college students make their way to campuses for a new school year. Living on your own for the first time, not to mention sharing close quarters with a new roommate, can be daunting to say the least. We believe that taking time to decorate and organize is a foolproof way to make any dorm room feel like home. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite products that are sure to spruce up your new living space in no time. Hang this gorgeous calendar on your wall to keep track of your class schedule and extracurriculars. Light this candle to creating a soothing atmosphere while studying. Keep friends and family close in this frame. Most importantly, work hard and have fun, this is such an exciting new phase in your life!
You can imagine our delight when Emily Ley and her travel buddy, Brady, popped by our shop to say hello this past weekend. And you can imagine our surprise when this designer, Creative Director and Mom to three found time to sit down and answer questions for us about her trip to Chicago and the exciting new products she’ll be debuting this fall.
What brought you to Chicago? Our best friends recently moved to Lincoln Park from Tampa. Our little guy, Brady, is four and missed his best buddy (and I missed his best buddy’s mama) so we decided to get away for the weekend together!
Who were you traveling with? Brady and I took the trip together while my husband spend the weekend with our six-month-old twins, Caroline and Tyler. It’s hard being a big brother to twins sometimes, so it was really special for Brady and me to get away - just us. It was also his first time flying on an airplane, so it was extra special.
Was this your first time to the Second City? It was my second - but my first time really seeing and experiencing the city. I love it. It's like New York, only better. We had the best time and can’t wait to go back. Sincerely, Chicago is high on my list of favorite places I’ve ever visited.
What did you do while you were in town? We had two four-year-olds and an infant with us, so we took it pretty easy. We walked to a lot of local restaurants and parks, rode the train downtown, took lots of photos and celebrated Brady’s buddy’s birthday.
What is your favorite Chicago…
You’ve launched so many exciting new products this year, do you have a favorite? I love everything we’ve added to our shop recently. But the one that has my heart the most right now is our Baby Book. We battled infertility for many years before becoming parents. I designed our it when I was pregnant with Caroline and Tyler and poured my heart into its pages. I wanted it to be something easy to complete and treasured for years to come.
What can we expect from your new men’s line of office and desk accessories? I am so excited about Dapperdesk. We’re aiming for a late fall launch. My husband has been throwing the idea around forever, encouraging me to pursue it. He’s really involved in the back-end of the business in terms of finance and long-term goal setting. He works in sales for a large commercial insurance company so our jobs couldn’t be more different. But marrying the two - creating products for professional men who value style and quality - that’s been so much fun. I’ve let him take the reigns on some design decisions too (not easy!) so it’s definitely a collaboration. Men value different things than women and they organize their lives in a different way. I can’t wait to reveal these new products.
You frequently ask women in your Simplicity Series what are the six things you can’t live without… what are those six things for you?
Keurig Rivo: Makes a great cappuccino for when I can't make it to Starbucks!
Beats Wireless Headphones: I have a home studio so that I can be close to our littles.
Orange La Croix: Obsessed.
Simplified Planner: I keep it on my desk and keep everything in it. Seriously, it’s a mess of tasks and appointments and receipts and reminders and notes and ideas.
Kindle Paperwhite: I’ve developed a love for reading again and it’s been so nice to relax after everyone goes to bed and turn my brain off of work and parenting for a bit. I'm currently reading Where’d You Go Bernadette.
FaceTime: So many of our friends and family, including our friends in Chicago, live so far away. It’s so great to be able to connect “in person."
It's hard to believe that the first day of school is just around the corner. While some are most likely in denial, that won’t stop the school bell from ringing any sooner! It may be the stationery nerd in us, but we’ve always been fans of the back-to-school season. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, a blank notebook to write down our best new ideas and planners waiting to be filled with fun events… what’s not to love! School supplies should be both functional and durable. But let’s be honest, you want stuff that’s cool too! Don't worry, we’ve got you covered with planners, folders, pencil pouches, notebooks, laptop cases and pen sets from brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Rifle Paper Company, Emily Ley and Sugar Paper. Now that we have your back-to-school shopping covered, you’re free to enjoy these final sunshine filled days however you please. Enjoy!