Monograms = My new jam.
I’m not sure why the sudden fondness as they are not exactly a new concept. But here we are, me and my initials, me and other people’s initials, me and the initials of some random dead guy embroidered on the sleeve cuff of the shirt I bought at the thrift store…all having a party together. Wahoo!
Ten years ago I associated monograms with snotty old Southern women, or some crazy stuff you’d see in the Lilian Vernon catalog (is that thing still kicking?)…but that was my mistake. Now I sorta see them as cool. For a long time monograms were a just a way to label your stuff, or a theft deterant – nobody would want to steal silver with someone else’s name on it. I mean, who would buy that stuff?
Oh yeah. Me.
This artist came across my Pinterest feed last week. My jaw dropped. She does these monogram type crests and calls them “custom heraldry” – isn’t that the most charming thing you ever heard? Heraldry. You could use it as a wedding motif (invitations, favors, thank you cards…) or just give it to someone as a wedding gift. Wouldn’t that be special? Yeah. I know.
J. Crew made this little video all about fresh and unconventional ideas about monogramming. About wearing other people’s monograms, or using traditional monogram opportunities to spell out fun little things like AHA and BS. Those J Crew people are so with it. I can’t stand it.