Thursday, February 12, 2009

Love at First Sight: Gryphon Spring Notebook

Standard fashion week equipment gets a colorful update from San Francisco’s Gryphon Stationers with this limited-edition notebook.

Why: Not to knock the ol’ Moleskine standby, but this season I’ll be jotting fashion week musings in this decidedly more modern—and more fun—grass-green notebook with a bicoastal pedigree. Spread throughout its luxuriously textured pages (would you expect mere flat paper from a bespoke stationery house?) are wry pop-art drawings from Brooklyn-based illustrator Joel Holland, certain to give you a smile even if you’re scribbling a serious hatchet job on the facing leaf.

Where: To purchase one of the 150 hand-numbered editions, call (415) 565-7125, or visit for more information.



Friday, January 2, 2009

Elegant Bride Magazine

Engraved European Menu featured in Elegant Bride Magazine

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

San Francisco Brides Magazine

Design for All
The words "cutting edge" and "engraving" aren't typically used in the same sentence–but Trina Hancock and Erik Olsen, the visionary duo behind Gryphon Stationers, a line of fully customizable invitations, may take issue with that.

"I see engraving as ver modern" Hancock says. "You can use a level of detail that you can't get with letterpress. And you can use metallic and light colored inks on dark card stocks."

Engraved invitations are elevated even further with Gryphon's ingenious online ordering system, where couples can create their dream invitations by choosing from 12 different designs. Users select color and fonts; Gryphon smartly offers wording advice to ensure proper language and ettiquette.

If you're not design-savvy, no need to fear. "We made the website a win-win situation. All of the colors go together, and the text isn't going to run off the page" Hancock says. "The preview you see is what the invitation is going to look like, and you'll get an e-mail proof for final approval."

Perhaps sometimes, what you see really is what you get.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Modern Bride Magazine

Engraved European Invitation Set featured in Modern Bride's February/March Issue

Twist on Tradition
Blue and gold ink on eggplant paper is an unexpected way to convey a formal feel.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Save the Date round-up
If something more traditional is what you’re looking for then visit online stationery company, Gryphon Stationers. This modern design company creates invitations, personal stationery and other wedding accessories using either engraved or letterpress techniques. View their portfolio to see the wide range of design options available, or contact them about their Gryphon Bespoke program for a custom design.

Monday, November 24, 2008 Holiday 2008 Guide Holiday Gift Guide

If your mom's been hoarding those same Cartier correspondence cards since you were six, now's the time to get her something a little more contemporary (if still traditional enough to send to Grandma). San Francisco–based Gryphon's custom service lets you personalize everything from crests and inks to paper stock, all under the watchful eye of a design consultant (who'll help keep Mom on the right side of funky).

Bespoke engraved correspondence cards, $805 for 100, available at

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sunset Magazine

Word Play: Gryphon Stationers

By Jennie Nunn, sunset's associate editor

Graphic designers Erik Olsen and Trina Hancock, of San Francisco–based Gryphon Stationers, are bringing back the art of letter writing, and more importantly, the invitation. With your choice of 28 ink colors, 7 typefaces, and 10 paper stocks, the possibilities for designing wedding invitations, baby announcements, and personalized stationery are endless.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Splendora, the authority on fabulous
There are invitations which relay event details in a vaguely dressed up way, and then there are those whose design is so beautifully crafted that they qualify as artwork. Creations by Gryphon Stationers fall into the latter category, which is why they have quickly become an obsession at Splendora HQ. They transcend elegance, fusing the highest quality paper stock, customized monograms, and rich color schemes to form multi-dimensional pieces that are imaginative and classy. Deep eggplant embossed with gold and decorated with intricate script or a lovely and simple piece emblazoned with ice blue text - these are just two examples of Gryphon's refined work.

The company invites clients to integrate themselves into the design process to ensure that the final result feels irrevocably personal. In many ways, you play designer, giving your "yay" or "nay" along each step of layout and development. If you hail from the San Francisco area, you can schedule an in-person consultation appointment, but non-locals can utilize the convenient online customization service to order invitations, announcements, and stationery from afar. Whatever option you choose, Gryphon guarantees that your letterpressed and engraved goods will radiate regality, impressing the recipient and calling for you to frame it for posterity.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

7x7 Home + Design

Gryphon featured in 7x7 San Francisco
Erik Olsen and Trina Hancock, cofounders of Gryphon Stationers, a Web-based stationery company in Hayes Valley, specialize in designing elegant event invitations, but it’s their understated Blackberry Vine custom-monogrammed note cards that have us all tangled up. $375/set of 100; 415-565-7125,

Martha Stewart Weddings Blog

Gryphon featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Blog: The Bride's Guide
Written by Editor-in-chief, Darcy Miller
October 29th

DIY Invites
You don’t have to be a graphic designer to create your own wedding invitations. Gryphon Stationers is based in San Francisco, but the company lets couples customize tasteful, pre-made designs to create a modern stationery suite online. Click your way to deboss or letterpress printing and view several motifs and monogram fonts to find the style that’s right for you, all from the comfort of your home (or office). If you’d prefer more guidance in the creative process, you can work with a Gryphon consultant to create a one-of-a-kind invite for your special day.