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SEND A NOTE: In an age of e-mail, J. Crew believes people should scribe letters by hand. “The art of letter writing has been long lost,” said Tom Mora, J. Crew’s head of wedding design. To reverse the trend, J. Crew just inked a deal with Connor Fine Engraver and Stationer to sell an exclusive holiday collection of engraved stationery at the J. Crew bridal boutique on Madison Avenue, 10 other J. Crew stores and on jcrew.com. The boxed sets of all-cotton stationery are priced at $75 for 12 cards and come in a choice of five engravings custom-made for J. Crew. Bespoke wedding invitations are also offered. Aside from J.Crew, the Connor line is sold at The Plaza hotel by appointment.
Fine stationery, observed Henri Richter-Werner, Connor’s creative director and an alumni of John L. Strong stationery, “is a category in the luxury retail world on the verge of disappearing, though there is a segment, especially a high-end customer, that still writes every single day. It’s more of a self-branding and representation of who you are.”