Take a trip east and embrace the orient

12 January 2017

We have some great new greetings card ranges for Spring / Summer 2017 including our very special kimono range.

From lavish botanical prints dripping in gold foil to bold and exciting motifs of birds, this new range encompasses the ever-growing trend of Japanese culture that has hit the high street in recent months. Our new cards are awash with gold foiled backgrounds and delicate blossoms, not unlike you can imagine seeing on a traditional kimono or adorning a Geisha. The range was inspired by the luxurious oriental embroidery and fabrics, as seen on the catwalk.

We have cards for every occasion in this range - happy birthday, thank you, wedding and congratulations, each cards also comes with a luxurious gold envelope.

Kimono cards £3.00

Our inspiration came from a variety of sources...

Gucci Spring Summer 2017 Catwalk show

Alessandro Michele’s (creative director of Gucci) Ready To Wear collection was heavily influenced by Japanese culture. He showcased gorgeous items in luxurious heavily embellished fabrics. Beautiful flowers also featured in the majority of the designs.

Flora Japonica

This exhibition at Kew Gardens celebrates the uniqueness and variety of Japanese native flowers. There are about 100 different paintings of wild plants portrayed by 36 of the best Japanese botanical artists. This particular subject and style of painting has always been hugely popular in Japan and the ‘Flora Japonica’ exhibition showcases some of the best in perfect detail.

All great cards need to be printed on the best paper!

As well as using luxurious finishes, we also print our cards on the best quality paper available. GF Smith have been providing people with the very best paper since 1885 - their founder George Fredereick Smith was driven by a passion for paper and the possibilities it could provide for the printers and publishers that used it. By using their products we are continuing our commitment to quality, which runs throughout the whole business. 

For anyone who would like to find out a little more about our great supplier, GF Smith have a temporary show space open on Eastcastle Street in London.

The GF Smith show space and its current installations - ‘celebrating the visual and tactile experience of paper’


About Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific accessory, gift and stationery designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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