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avie designs + must read link

i love calling cards- they seem like such a romantic notion in a time where almost everything is digital. d*s is an almost entirely paper-free company but the one place i splurge is on calling cards (mine are from brooklyn social cards), letter-writing stationery and cards. i use them sparingly but when i do, it feels so special. these colorful versions are from avis wampler of avie designs on etsy. there are tons of colorful options to choose from so click here to view the full collection.

ps: we’re about to do a video with david stark but the ny times just did a slideshow of his work that showcases exactly why we love him so much. they’ll sue the pants off of me if i run any images from the page so instead i’ll just strongly strongly suggest that you click here to view the slideshow. i love the way he uses spools and twine as decoration- it’s a MUST MUST read.


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Wow, I love these. I’ve been wanting to get something simple but nicely designed for awhile now and these are great and a good price. I’ve added Avie to my etsy favorites! Thanks


I purchase avie stationary at an indie craft event in Atlanta last winter. The designs are really unique. I adore the envelopes. My only qualm is they don’t stay closed using the adhesive alone. I have to put little white stickers on the back or use glue to secure the envelope for mailing. Love the new calling cards!!

kate Endle

I received calling cards as a gift for my 14th birthday and I LOVED them! I felt so grown up handing them out. That was back in 1986, way before cell phones, but they’re just as charming today. Thanks for reminding me of a fond memory.


Avis is fabulous – her designs are such fun and just as importantly she’s incredibly gracious with her customers. I ordered calling cards for my college-bound little sister and Avis handled the custom order super-fast and with such friendliness. After the fact, I realized I didn’t really want to know in whose back pockets the calling cards of my 18 year old sister would end up, but that’s another story.


i met avis at the stationery show this year, and it was a highlight. she’s just delightful…just like her designs!

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