Sugar Paper is one of our absolute favorite brands for all things from stationery to desk supplies, so we couldn’t be more excited to share their Los Angeles Studio on our business blog today. We got to chat with founders Chelsea & Jamie about the brand and pick their brain for business advice. You’re going to have to pay a visit to their super cute shop after seeing it here! Plus, get a sneak peek at their new line with Target, coming out this July!! We plan to hit the stores at 8am for one of everything ;).
Where did the inspiration for starting a stationery company come from?
Sugar Paper was a happy accident. We both have a background in design and we both have mothers who taught us to write thank you notes. We began making stationery for friends and found that people loved what we were making. Before we knew it, we had a business on our hands. We made a commitment early on to use high quality materials so that Sugar Paper would be made to last. We are a stationer in the traditional sense – we make each card the old fashioned way. By hand, on a letterpress, one piece of paper at a time.
How did you and Jamie become business partners? Has this always been a dream you share?!
We are friends from college. I, Chelsea, decided to buy a letterpress and she was as interested in the art as I. We both taught ourselves to use it and essentially the business found us.
What is your favorite part of your job? (Besides the obvious making everyone swoon over your designs)
We are makers at heart. We still are heavily involved in the design and production of all of our products. We use everything we make to be sure that we love it. Form follows function and we make sure that the products work as beautifully as they look.
How did you come up with the aesthetic for your office? Is it similar to your home style?
Our office very much reflects the brand. The choices we made in the office look similar to the choices we make in the design of Sugar Paper products. We intentionally painted our office pink because that is not a color our husbands want in our homes. So no, our houses look very different than our office.
What sets your company apart from the others?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
We both have small children, which has limited our ability to travel to exotic places. Hopefully in 5 years we will be on a plane to Africa.
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