Call us old-fashioned, but we still think handing a new acquaintance a beautiful business card trumps bumping iPhones. That?s why we?re turning to two women with great style to design our newest stack of professional handouts.
Nicole Speake and Lauren Staley are friends who?ve moved their stationery company, Nico and Lala, from Nashville to Chicago to tap into a bigger market and show us Northerners a thing or two about Southern etiquette and style.
And while wedding invitations have always been the bulk of their biz, they say branding packages--for both professional and personal use--are increasingly gaining ground. (Lauren Nelson of the fashion blog the Girls of Lincoln Park is a fan.)
Need to finesse your networking tactics? For $150, Nico and Lala will design a personal logo--usually your initials with a glam flourish--that you can use on cards, stationery and mailing labels. (Square cards--matte, never glossy--with a pretty pattern on the back are the most popular.)
Looking to land a new job? Invest in a branding ensemble ($500), which includes a custom-designed résumé and cover letter, flat notecards for handwritten thank-yous, correspondence cards, contact cards and mailing labels.
Your future boss will adore your good taste and business savvy before you even show up for the interview.