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Announcing: our new calendars & planners! 05.08.2015

It’s really SO hard for us to keep a secret. We’d like to think we are good at it, but it’s really complete torture and we’ve been sitting on this little secret for a while now. So we are pretty much wanting to shout from the rooftops that we have a brand new line of calendars and planners!!!!!!! Can you hear us squealing???!!!!

We know it’s ironic that if you look at our workspaces, you might think we are a bit of a mess (that’s putting it nicely). But when it comes down to it, both of us are absolutely OBSESSED with our paper planners and calendars and keep them psychotically organized. We really don’t go anywhere without a coffee in one hand and our planners tucked under our arms like a blankie. We’re very particular about the type of paper, the layout, the month vs week pages…really all of it. We have been using planners for a long time and have learned exactly what works and if it works for both of us, then we know it’s a win. So this new partnership with the super-awesome company, Blue Sky, is such an organization-lover’s dream!

Today we are sharing a little peek into the first round of calendars and planners sold at Staples! We partnered closely with the brilliant minds at Blue Sky to design the perfect planners that incorporated everything you need in a calendar but also infused a little hit of fun pattern and color (we couldn’t help ourselves)! There are various sizes of Weekly/Monthly planners, a Desk Pad and a Wall Calendar and they are all for the July 2015 – June 2016 Academic Year which means they are PERFECT to get started with very soon! We sure hope you guys love them!

Check out our first collection right at Staples HERE!

We will have a small group of these calendars and planners on our own etsy shop in the next week or two, but you’ll have to move fast!

 

 

 

  1. Vicky

    Hi! I’ve been waiting for your new version of your 10 1/2 x 8 Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book. Will it be available this year? Thank you!!

    May 28, 2015 11:09 pm
  2. ampersand

    Hi VIcky! Our whole collection is available right here: http://www.staples.com/calendar+ampersand/directory_calendar+ampersand?
    And more will be released in July!
    Thanks for your interest!!

    May 29, 2015 1:23 pm

Iris the film 04.30.2015

 

“Nothing I ever did I expected to do,” Iris Apfel, the eclectic New York style icon, explains in Iris, a new documentary by Albert Maysles. “It just kind of happened.” – Vogue.com

There’s just something about Iris Apfel that has always been intriguing to us. We’ve always been attracted to her eclectic, colorful style and curious about the woman behind the glasses! So, needless to say, we’re excited about this new documentary. Are you guys feeling the same?

If you’re wondering who she is…here’s a little excerpt from Vogue.com to give you a preview of the way Iris thinks. We just love her!

Apfel was well into her eighties when she became an It girl; it wasn’t until a 2005 exhibition at the Costume Institute that she became publicly known. Years before that, though, her style sense had earned her a quiet following among the arbiters of taste. Shortly after her marriage to her husband, Carl—“He was cool, he was cuddly, and he cooked Chinese, so I couldn’t do any better,” she said—the couple founded Old World Weavers, an interior-design firm that redecorated the White House under presidents Truman to Clinton. To source the unique art and fabrics for which they were known, they traveled widely. Even since retiring, Apfel continues to make rounds close to home. In Maysles’s film, we watch her haggling for bracelets in Harlem—she only wants the cheap ones, three for twenty dollars—and commuting between New York City and Florida, sometimes taking fifty phone calls a day. We learn how she arranges mannequins in her own image (layered jewelry, pattern contrasts) and sells accessories on the Home Shopping Network. (“Color can raise the dead!”) Most of all, we start to understand the mind behind the brazen taste. Where other style icons are sometimes prescriptive and arch, Apfel finds beauty in individuality, however offbeat. Real fashion isn’t about pleasing the people around you, she says, but about pleasing yourself: “It’s better to be happy than to be well-dressed.”

Also, can we discuss the ah-mazing movie poster! Incredible! Here are a couple more Iris shots just to get you excited for the movie! On the cover of Salt and in the latest Kate Spade campaign.

We joined Brika and HMK! 04.09.2015

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered up with Brika! By featuring the work of authentic makers, artisans and designers, Brika has created a shopping experience that celebrates modern craft, storytelling and the belief that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them. Lucky for us, Brika just partnered up with our local HMK 1910 store, a unique concept by Hallmark Cards! If you know anything about us, you know we spent many years working side by side as gift wrap designers at Hallmark, so it will always have a special place in our heart! We’re excited to say, for all of our Kansas City friends, you can now find our prints, melamine platters, and stationery at the HMK 1910 store on The Country Club Plaza! We’re on the Brika display along with so many of our favorite designers and friends! SO COOL that HMK is working hard to introduce new makers to their consumers! Make sure you stop by!

{“hello brika” image via HMK 1910}

Thank you, KC Design Week! 04.07.2015

We just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by our Open Studio Night for Kansas City Design Week! We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends!  The pop-up shop was a hit and if you see anything you still want, we want to share a promo code with you. Use BESTIE10 for 10% off  through April 4th! And….we have lots of super-fun photo booth pictures to share with you! Head over to our Facebook page to check them out!

We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends! Thanks for  including us, Design Week! Hope you all keep in touch!

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#AmpersandforNod in the March 2015 catalog! 03.26.2015

All we have to say is WOW! Thank you, The Land of Nod for this beautiful full-page feature on our little company in the March 2015 catalog!! Working with Nod was one of our ultimate goals when we started Ampersand Design Studio so it’s safe to say, this was a very sweet surprise!!