Cambria Style

The Lost Art of the Letter

  • January, 2016

It’s a pleasure often overlooked in our digital world, but the ritual of writing by hand is one worth reviving.

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19th Century Wooden Ink Blotter

Recall for a moment the last letter you received. No, not an email, not a text, not a piece of junk mail, but an actual, handwriten note from someone you care about. Recall how it felt to weigh the envelope in your hand, to pull the stationary out of the envelope and see the familiar handwriting slanting across the paper? It was just a note, but it felt like a gift. And it's a gift you'll enjoy returning, especially if you indulge yourself in beautiful writing tools and vintage desk accessories that are as beautiful to display as they are touse, such as this antique wooden ink blotter we found on eBay, which was handmade in Bulgaria in the 1800s. Pair it with the Classic Mont Blanc Fountain pen, $105.


Crystal Inkwell


Tradition is steeped in ritual. Make filling your pen as divine as emptying it, with this crystal-blue, white-gold ink pot. Combining modern technology with timeless style, Visconti has been crafting fine writing instruments for more than 25 years. 



Handmade Journal


Bookbinder Jenni Bick began by crafting leather journals at her kitchen table. Though her goods are now sold worldwide, they are still lovingly handmade and certain to be treasured and passed down through generations. Case in point: this leather journal, crafted in Italy with acid-free paper. Personalized Roma Lussa Leather Journal, $70-77.



Fountain Pen


Made in centuries-old style but with modern materials, this acrylic-resin and gold-plated fountain pen is designed to stand up to years of enjoyment and bring a wonderful sense of satisfaction in placing pen to paper. The Aurora lpsilon pen, $150, has an eye-catching clip, a stainless stell nib, and refills using a cartridge system. 



Handmade Paper


Share your greetings and gratitude on paper that begs to be treasured. ARPA, short for Artesanos del Papel, a group of Spanish paper artisans, creates handmade paper in the European tradition. The Arpa Small Card Set includes six deckle-edged notes and matching envelopes, charmingly tied together and sealed with wax.


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