Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery (Win a Box!)

by Brett & Kate McKay on February 27, 2011 · 1,334 comments

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At the Art of Manliness, we’ve long been proponents of hand-written correspondence. But if you’ve spent any time looking for stationery, like we have, you know that the selection of stationery designed for men is abysmal. Most stationery companies tailor their offerings for their female customers, and butterfly, flower, and polka dot motifs abound. To be sure, some stationery companies do offer options for men, but while these very plain designs are safe and acceptable, they’re devoid of any kind personality and most importantly, they don’t exude any good old fashioned manliness.

Unhappy with the lackluster stationery for men currently available, The Art of Manliness has teamed up with Page Stationery to create a line of letterpress correspondence cards. This line of stationery is traditional, distinguished, and manly.

Why Does a Man Need Stationery?

A man’s personal stationery can be used to drop a line to friends and family and to dash off notes of congratulations or condolence. Of course we know that while writing and receiving handwritten notes and letters is an incredibly enjoyable tradition, not too many men are ever going to get in the snail mail habit. Which is fine. But every man still needs to have a set of stationery stashed away in his desk. Why? If for no other reason then for writing thank you notes. Even in our modern age, a thank you note is still expected to be written by hand; emailed thank you’s are still not looked upon as carrying the same weight. We all are the recipients of gifts and good deeds from time to time. Instead of having to run to the store every time you need to write a thank you note, you should always have a set of correspondence cards at the ready.

Why Correspondence Cards?

Correspondence cards have been the traditional form of men’s stationery for more than two centuries. The reason? Men like to keep things short and to the point. The note cards are big enough for a proper message and small enough that you don’t need to feel pressured to write a long tome or guilty about leaving a bunch of extra space. They’re really the perfect size.

Why Letterpress Stationery?

Letterpress printing is not only the oldest kind of printing, it is also in my opinion the handsomest. Involving moveable type or images, it’s a process of relief printing in which a plate with a reversed, raised surface is inked, and then paper is pressed on top of the raised surface, transferring the ink. The design is indented into the paper by an experienced craftsman. For a tactile guy like me, who loves things with texture, letterpress is the only way to go.

Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery

We excited to announce our partnership with Page Stationery and our new line of Art of Manliness stationery. We don’t think you’ll find a more handsome line of stationery for men anywhere.

We offer 25 different motifs for you to choose from and have printed on your correspondence cards. The note cards measure 4.25″ x 5.5″. The paper is a thick 300gsm slightly textured writing paper that was chosen to highlight the unique dimension and character of the letterpress printing process. For the standard note cards, the motifs are printed in chocolate brown ink.

The standard note cards are packed 15 to a box and come with 15 unprinted envelopes. A box costs $15.

You can choose to get a box with all the same motif or get a box with a mix of different motifs. For an extra charge, you can also choose to customize your order by having your name printed on the card and your return address printed on the envelope flap. Going the customization route also allows you to choose a different color for the  printing. The minimum order for customization is 50 quantity. You will be emailed a proof and will get to work with Page Stationery’s designers to create your stationery to your liking.

Stationery Giveaway

To kick off our new line of stationery, we’re giving away three standard boxes of stationery to three lucky AoM readers. To enter, simply visit Page Stationery, take a look at the different motifs we offer, and then leave a comment telling us what motif you’d have put on your cards if you win.

Everyone who enters the giveaway will be emailed a discount code worth 20% off your order at the conclusion of the contest.

Giveaway ends March 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm CST. Winner will be announced on the Art of Manliness Trunk.

 

1301 Sam Hakes March 5, 2011 at 7:29 am

I’d have to go with the geese, there’s not many things more amazing than a gaggle taking to the sky!

1302 Dan Barr March 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

I’d have to choose the straight razor. What a great symbol of living a Man’s life, requiring skill, grace, precision, balance, and art. Concentration and attention to the task at hand is vital, knowing that the slightest slip of either draws blood.

1303 Eric Nguyen March 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I would love to have a stationary with the boxer motif!

1304 Peter Swinburne March 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I would choose the bull moose, for he is truly a mighty beast.

1305 Shan March 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

The old school boxer would be awesome

1306 Brett Pyle March 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I would have to put my vote in for the safety razor. I started using one a few months ago and I enjoy the ritual of a good wet shave.

1307 Cody Francis March 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I’d go with the army knife or boxer motif

1308 Mike Solak March 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I would choose the Pointer

1309 Alex March 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm

It would have to be the pugalist for me. Fight your battles with courage, persistence, and respect!

1310 Alistair March 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I would enjoy the Revolver motif.

1311 Josh Maddox March 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I would love the dog design.

1312 Jérôme March 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

The man.

1313 John March 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

True North, without question.

1314 John T March 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Definitely the straight razor. Every time I shave I use my great-great-grandfather’s straight razor, and it gives the best shaves I’ve ever had.

1315 Chris March 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I’d go with the “true north” compass. All of them look great though, nice work.

1316 Magnus Asbjorn March 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I’d have to go with the true north compass for many reasons but mostly because to me it give each card the chance to be a map to adventure.

1317 Eric March 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I would choose the moose motif if I won. It reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party. However, they all look great!

1318 S Rodriguez March 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Personally, I like the skipjack motif becuase my wife is from New England area and my mom likes sailing ships. Close tie would be the pointer because the wife’s family always had hunting dogs so either motif would bring memories of home and family far and near. As for ink color i like the bronze just to be different but I think black is always the entrance safe bet with a calligraphy being BF 16. Very simple and clean.

1319 Chris H March 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

True North. Stylish and refined with a hint of antiquity. Would look damn good next to my signature.

1320 Tyler Patrick March 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I would have to go with the revolver motif. Great job on these!

1321 Clayton B. March 6, 2011 at 1:08 am

I would choose the trout!

1322 Lee March 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

I really like the dog motif, but they are all great choices!

1323 Colton March 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

True north!

1324 Shawn Williams March 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I would choose the skipjack, navy, b-16 font. The skipjack represents travel, adventure and would best represent me. All of the motifs are great! Fantastic job AOM!

1325 Jeremy Sheffel March 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I really like the skipjack, rifle, revolver and ax. At the end of the day, I think I would have to go with the ax.

1326 David March 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Probably the compass for me. Simple, subtle, and not committing me to one of the traditional pastimes that most of the others allude to.

1327 CC Matthews March 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

True North please :)

1328 Jason T March 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm

It comes down to True North and the Man…I would have to say the Man

1329 ShamRockNRoll March 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I think I would choose the “man” motif, as it adds a bit of character and humor to my personal correspondence. Though I might go with “true North” in order to have something I’d feel a bit more comfortable sending to professional contacts.

Just started reading your site a couple days ago by the way, and I really enjoy it!

1330 Travis March 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

These are exactly what I have been searching for and I believe these we be well received. Great work. I would have to go with the trout without hesitation. I do have one small suggestion, I would look more towards utilizing the profile of the Royal Wolff or the Elk Hair Caddis as opposed to the current design you have chosen for the fly. To me personally, the profile of the current fly is not readily identifiable as one of the many “classic” fly patterns and might be erroneously interpreted as (pause and hushed voice) a lure. But again, great job and I look forward to ordering a set soon.

1331 Teja C. March 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I’d definitely go with the “skipjack” on my stationary if I won–what better symbol is there for ruggedness, adventure, and the spirit of exploration?

1332 Ken K March 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I would have to go with the true north, I am partial to the antique maps and symbols

1333 brandon March 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I love the boxer and the razor

1334 Alex A March 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I would pick True North and send notes to my long-distance girl since it is she that guides my actions and thoughts everyday.

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