Last week, while my family was in Boston for a mini-vacation, I had the chance to visit with Angela Liguori, the owner and designer of Studio Carta, an internationally recognized design studio that specializes in custom ribbons from Italy and fine stationary. It was such a treat.
All of the pieces in my Bespoke Bamboo Punch collection are finished with the gorgeous, 100% cotton ribbon, sourced by Angela from Italy and designed and packaged by Studio Carta in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Studio Carta is appointment-only since most of its business is wholesale, however the online shop full of ribbon and stationary is always open to all. Running a mostly-wholesale business requires less space (Angela's desk is in the center of the studio, and doesn't need to be tucked into a back room) and more flexibility for hosting events (she recently ran a calligraphy workshop taught by the super-talented artist/calligrapher Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls.) The studio has such a fresh and vibrant vibe—don't you just want to hang out here all day?
Angela wasn't always in this space—she started her business from home when her three children were of preschool age. (My jaw dropped when she told me this; she's obviously a superwoman, too.) Her children are now well into their schooling, and I loved what she had to say about the day the youngest child enters kindergarten: It is amazing what you can get done in those six hours!
Studio Carta just returned from the National Stationary Show in New York and launched two new playful lines of ribbon: neon round cord and coda di topo ribbon. I'm of course already scheming as to what I can make with these.
Angela posts beautiful snapshots on Instagram; you can follow her at @angelaliguori.
Photos by Rebecca Pitts.