I can't even say how exciting this is for us. Since the beginning of Sarah Drake in 2005, we've been planning our retail invitation books. They took many designs in the planning stages, but it wasn't until last fall that the current plan began to take shape. Two things really focused our plans: this blog and my love of books. I've always loved to read - it's always been my favorite way to relax-one of my dad's best friends was always asking me to quiet down - the turning of the pages was really disturbing him! Breathe Upon, this blog, has also helped me have a voice and a place to show you where the designs come from. They're not just pretty pictures- everything I design comes from a real place that has meaning behind it. If you're new to the blog you can see that process here. So... now, we have two new retail books to show for it! The first is our baby: Love Stories, showcasing ten of our letterpress and engraved designs. The cover is truly swoon worthy and unlike anything else out there - tweed linen wrap- white leather spine- gold and white foil stamping. Handmade by an artisan bookbinder in SF. I LOVE it. It's designed to look like a old hardback novel, albeit a huge one - almost five inches thick and 15x15" cover! Inside, it's inscribed by Stacey Shapiro with our intentions. The taupe invite pages do more than show you the invitations, they open up to reveal the inspiration behind them. And that's where we're most excited - these really tell the story - you might find a feather that fell from the rafters of Hubbard Street's Spring Dance premiere, or a few keys from a vintage typewriter. One page shows the oragami flowers that inspired Blossom. We hope that in showing you how these designs came to life, you get to know us a little bit better. And that's what we hope our clients do too- tell us how they got where they are, what they want to communicate with their invitations, what their love looks like.
Our books are already in stores! in Chicago, find them in the West Loop at Magnificent Milestones, as part of the lovely boutique, Smitten. New Yorkers: check out the planning services of Events Couture. Retailers, we're offering 5 mile exclusivity and incentives. Please contact us for more information at info (at) sarahdrakedesign (dot) com