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#CreativeConvergence with Made in KC & Coveted Home 07.28.2015

Huge hugs to Made in KC and Coveted Home for bringing together Kansas City’s creative minds for a night of mingling with old and new friends. We keep up to date with the creative community on social media, but nothing compares to being able to have a conversation in person…and the fabulous menu & drinks didn’t hurt either! Cheers to you guys!

(incredible video by Summer House Films)

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Ampersand Pop-Up Shop at West Elm 7/18/15 07.16.2015

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 12.25.54 PMSUP Kansas City!!!! Whatcha doin’ this Saturday? Come see us at our West Elm Kansas City pop-up shop from 11-3!!!! 400 W 47th Street. And guess what? We just decided to give you all 15% off everything (yeah, you heard us)!!! We’ll have art prints, t-shirts, #KCtotes, platters, stationery and even our brand new planners!! See you there! #shopampersand

 

  1. Fawn Rechkemmer

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    July 25, 2015 7:36 pm

ANNOUNCING: Ampersand for HMK! 07.10.2015

We have some HUGE news to share today that has been so hard to keep to ourselves! Finally, we get to announce our gift collection for HMK!!!! HMK is a new Hallmark Cards experience with stores in Kansas City, Missouri, Denver, Colorado and Southlake, Texas. It’s a card, gift and accessory shop with a really unique product mix that brings together innovative tools and technologies with a fun and reimagined approach to shopping! Plus, they are highlighting makers in a unique way and have formed some really cool partnerships. We are just thrilled that we get to be one of them!!!

We’ve got two gift collections, one with crazy fun color…

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And another that is black, white and gold! So we’ve got your covered for whatever mood you’re in!

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This collaboration is especially fun for us because Hallmark Cards is where both of us got our first jobs right out of design school! So, as you might imagine, taking the leap to start our own company was a BIG (scary) decision and having our little company now partnering with HMK makes us feel like we have come full circle! So, for all of our Kansas City friends, please make sure you stop by the HMK 1910 store on the Country Club Plaza for all these fun goodies!

If you pick up anything, make sure to show us what you got! Tag @ampersandstudio on instagram and twitter and use #AmpersandforHMK!

Oh and PS…there’s even more to come soon!!!

 

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
  3. N&G

    G afternoon! When in july will you release the10 1/2 x 8 Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book??

    July 7, 2015 5:46 pm
  4. ampersand

    Hi Vicky, if you are looking for this one, it’s available on our etsy shop right now! https://www.etsy.com/listing/236359665/july-2015-june-2016-ampersand-for-blue?ref=shop_home_active_1

    July 8, 2015 2:26 am
  5. ampersand

    So sorry, that is the only size that we have available in that design, Vicky.

    July 8, 2015 7:32 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.