February 7, 2018


Why handwritten letters will never go out of style

Text messages have their place. Late to dinner? Impromptu happy hour? Can’t remember which fabric softener your S.O. can’t live without? Text away. 

But when it comes to birthdays, thank yous, and holidays we love to hate, i.e. Valentine’s Day, only a handwritten note will do. (Bonus points for finding a stamp and walking to the mailbox.)

Taking time to sit down and write out your thoughts—sans spellcheck, no less—lends a personal touch that can’t be achieved through text, email, or Facebook. Certainly, not Facebook. Meanwhile, the recipient gets a tangible memento that can’t be deleted with an accidental left swipe—and the warm fuzzies from knowing you care. 

 The virtues of putting actual pen to actual paper are irrefutable. But the best part, by far, is the thrill of shopping for new stationary. Our latest obsession, Bell’INVITO Stationers, creates beautiful box sets, jotters, and desk sheets with a modern spin. Perfect for Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or just because, their Love Collection is understated and supremely sophisticated—not saccharine sweet.

Inspired by time spent in Italy, Creative Director Heather Wiese-Alexander founded the line in 2004 to blend traditional European style and craftsmanship with her own aesthetic. It must have been kismet; around the same time she discovered a number of 19th Century printing presses among family heirlooms. Today, Bell’INVITO stationary is created using presses dating back to the late 1800s. It’s a small thing, but it makes all the difference—much like sending a handwritten note. 

 The Details: Shop Bell’INVITO at Forty Five Ten, 1615 Main Street. Complimentary valet.