NYNOW Through the Eyes of Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Hi Everyone! I always look forward to the twice-a-year NYNOW trade show – but with my due date rapidly approaching I was sadly unable to attend the Summer 2014 NYNOW in August. Luckily, Samantha and Whitney from Gus & Ruby Letterpress – one of my favorite stationery stores in Portsmouth, New Hampshire – were planning to attend and agreed to share a few of their favorite finds from the show with us! Thanks so much ladies! –Nole

Hello Oh So Beautiful friends (see what we did there?), Sam & Whit here from Gus & Ruby Letterpress! A few weeks ago, we jetted off to NYC for a mad dash through the aisles of the NYNOW summer show in search of some rad new products for the shelves of our little shop. We walked the show for 2.5 days and found oodles of gorgeous new products that we can’t wait to share. We were writing orders like crazy and trying to visit as many new booths as we possibly could during our quick trip. Here are a few snaps of some standout booths:

Hand in Hand

This gorgeous skincare & fragrance line had us smitten with their hand-made paper-flower booth design – you know we’re suckers for some gorgeous paper blooms! The packaging of each product was just darling and the scents were divine. Even better, it’s a company with a cause: for each product sold, Hand in Hand saves 50 square feet of rainforest and donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to a child in a developing country. Beautiful products, beautiful mission.


Photos via Hand in Hand

Yellow Owl Workshop

Yellow Owl Workshop always puts up a awesome booth and this show was no exception. We loved their new 3-color tiny ink pad sets and the holiday-themed carve-a-stamp kit.




Produce Candles

We’ve been carrying this fresh line of hand-poured soy candles for some time now and just can’t get enough. With new fall and winter scents on the way, it was a treat to sniff the next harvest. And it’s always so great to meet our beloved vendors in person.


Banquet Atelier & Workshop

Banquet Workshop goodies absolutely fly off the shelves at Gus & Ruby, so we were jazzed to see the new advent calendar, monthly calendar, and some lovely new pillows and greeting cards from this talented group.


Photo via Banquet Workshop


Coral & Tusk

The intricate embroidery of Coral & Tusk is too good to miss. Each print and pillow is a work of art.


Photos via Coral & Tusk

Belle & Union

We were totally digging the new recipe card boxes from Belle & Union as well as their gift wrap and cheeky cards. And let’s give it up to B&U for a super clean, cohesive booth design, too!






Photos via Belle & Union

Haptic Lab

We had been lusting after these hand-made kite ships for some time so we were eager to see the pieces in person. The booth design was absolutely magical and the kites proved to be as lovely and whimsical as we’d hoped.


Photo via Haptic Lab

Rebecca Atwood Designs & Light + Ladder

Oh, Rebecca, where do we even begin? Your gorgeous hand-dyed fabric pillows and bags made us weak in the knees. Please let us live in your booth? Thank you.


Light + Ladder


Light + Ladder / Rebecca Atwood photos via Rebecca Atwood

It was a slap-dash, so-much-to-see, exhausting trip to be sure. But, man oh man, are there some talented makers out there! We left feeling inspired and excited or what’s to come. Thank you for letting us share a teencey weency snippet of our time in NYC – we had a blast!

xoxo, Samantha & Whitney

Except where noted, photos by Gus & Ruby Letterpress

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