The idea behind London Letters is simple: to create stylish and sustainable stationery that encourages you to write more.
London Letters is a petite stationery atelier, pen pal club and calligraphy studio run by myself, Jennifer Bishop (hi!). We have two studios - our main studio in Oxfordshire and the other on my floating home in west London.
Letter writing is a hobby instilled in me from a young age. After every birthday and Christmas, I would be tasked by my parents to make a list of who to write to to say thank you for any gifts I had received. Initially reluctant to spend any more time than necessary at my desk, once I got started I found I quite enjoyed the process. Formatting the letter neatly and then adding my own personal touch to the envelope, it soon became something I'd look forward to doing. Knowing how pleased my recipient would be made the activity even more humbling.
This spiralled into a desire for a new stationery set every year, to dazzle my recipients and keep things interesting. I'd love going to stationers to pick out new writing materials or pencil cases, and it's something that has stayed with me to this day. I can never resist the lure of a new pen or notebook.
I love how slowing down to write feels like the perfect antidote to the fast-paced instant messages we usually receive from one another. Receiving mail is a rare pleasure and something I want to encourage more of us to do.
After training as a calligrapher and working at a stationery and wedding studio for several years, I felt there was potential for me to develop my own pieces, in my own style, and create the things that I find beautiful.
And so, London Letters was born.
We now have a lovely penpal club with over 450 members globally (and growing every week!), design stylish stationery pieces using our beautifully ornate hot foil machine, run a Paper Club subscription and have our own range of greeting cards.
I've over seven years of calligraphy experience and have worked with a range of high-end retailers, luxury brands, brides & grooms and individuals looking to commission something beautiful.
If you'd like to send me some snail mail, I'd LOVE to receive it! If you include your address, I'll always try to write back. Our address is:London Letters Postbox
Yours in letters,