NYC's best: Stationery stores

Make your missives letter-perfect in 2008 via these paper-goods emporiums.

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Cursive
Stop by this independently owned kiosk, located on the first floor of ABC Carpet & Home, for a well-honed lineup of fine stationery, jewelry and trinkets for the home. Standouts include Marie Papier journals ($40--$90), Sesame Letterpress Technicolor cards printed on French paper ($7) and swirled glass letter openers ($130). ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway at 19th St (646-602-3806)


Photographs: Beth Levendis and Wenyi Huang

Jam Paper
Though it might look bare-bones, this 2,200-square-foot joint brims with a host of goods for your home office. Rummage through the shelves for neon-hued recycled card stock (from $15 for 50 sheets), parchment labels ($6--$12), precut business card sets ($8) and all sorts of unusually shaped envelopes (beginning at $4). Bargain hounds shouldn't miss the store's frequent sales to save some serious green. 135 Third Ave between 14th and 15th Sts (212-473-6666); 466 Lexington Ave between 45th and 46th Sts (212-255-4593); jampaper.com

Chelsea

Paper Presentation
Stationers, brides and DIYers all flock to this warehouse-like standby for custom invites and supplies for creating their own. Grab boxed cards ($11--$40), individual sheets of paper in a rainbow of shades (from $1), glassine envelopes ($5--$14) and tags ($5 for a pack of 10) from its well-rounded stock. 23 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-463-7035)

Print Icon
Graphic design companies and ad agencies trust Print Icon to produce their catalogs and projects, so the downtown resource can certainly handle your most important jobs—like the save-the-dates for your dog's birthday. PI also offers an array of writing and printing papers including embroidered handmade designs ($5) along with monogrammed folded notes ($15 for a set of 15). 7 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-255-4489, printicon.com)

Sam Flax
Though this tidy Chelsea fixture specializes in art supplies, it also features an excellent range of correspondence accoutrements such as printable invites ($12--$72), Crane & Co. heavyweight letterhead ($16--$49) and posh writing implements from top-notch ballpoint brands such as Cross and Waterman ($30 and up). 3 W 20th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-620-3000); 900 Third Ave between 54th and 55th Sts (212-813-6666)

Midtown

Kinokuniya
Slip down to the basement of this 24,000-square-foot, freshly minted Japanese bookstore for artful cards ($2 and up), traditional origami papers ($4--$15) and cutesy address books ($3--$18). Should you need sustenance while trying to pick the right memo, you can grab a light bite at Caf Zaiya on the second floor. 1073 Sixth Ave between 40th and 41st Sts (212-869-1700)

Smythson of Bond Street
The Queen drafts her letters using the handmade papers from this esteemed British company. For your own regal dispatches, choose from boxes of crisply bordered notes (from $50), elegant cards die-stamped with charming motifs like red stilettos (starting at $52), and handsome calf-leather or pigskin memo pads ($265--$285), which can be hand-engraved. 4 W 57th St at Fifth Ave (212-265-4573)

Upper East Side

Dempsey & Carroll
Since 1878, this swanky nook has been supplying the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Ronald Reagan with chic cards rendered in sturdy cotton-fiber paper. Splurge for suites of correspondence cards ($45--$75) stamped with handcut copper dies or exorbitantly priced engraved party invites (from $825). 1049 Lexington Ave between 74th and 75th Sts (212-570-4800)

 Il Papiro
Dedicated to Florence, this miniscule spot carries a gorgeous array of Italian creations including monogrammed cards ($29--$37), albums ($68--$450), leather journals ($95--$225) and frames ($54--$120). 1021 Lexington Ave between 73rd and 74th Sts (212-288-9330)

Upper West Side

By Invitation Only Designs
Former art director and party planner Phyllis Roth offers loads of template books along with custom designs, catering to any style and occasion. Check out the lineup of graceful monogrammed stationery for engagement declarations and modern bar mitzvah announcements (average $1,000). Roth will also dole out discounts on comparable styles offered at other stationers. 175 W 76th St between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves (212-877-9666, byinvitations.com); by appointment only

Brooklyn


Photographs: Beth Levendis and Wenyi Huang

Lion in the Sun
Slopers hit this local spot for its scads of greeting cards ($3--$7) and stationery ($6 and up) including such chic lines as Green Paper Co., Vera Wang and Waste Not Papers. Peruse its slew of artful invitations by Brooklyn designers; to further tailor your invites, its custom printing service can also accommodate special requests. What's more, its knowledgeable staff can answer etiquette questions. 232 Seventh Ave at 4th St, Park Slope (718-369-4006, lioninthesunps.com)

Scaredy Kat
This charming paperie dishes up letterpress birthday and thank-you cards. SK also offers a small selection of custom birth and wedding announcements, "well, because of the neighborhood," says co-owner Damond Gallagher. 232 Fifth Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Park Slope (718-623-1839)

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