February 3 - 6, 2019
Javits Center, NYC
Stationery, Distinctive gifts & creative pursuits

NEW @ the NSS

All events below took place at the 2018 National Stationery Show.  We look forward to working on the lineup for 2019.

NSS Presents Broadway Bound, featuring BEAUTIFUL, The Carole King Musical

Sunday, May 20, 7:00pm, Stephen Sondheim Theatre, NYC

She fought her way into the record business as a teenager but it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

Featuring such legendary hits as “Feel The Earth Move,” “Natural Woman,” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her rivalry with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to the release of her record-breaking, iconic Tapestry album.   Along the way, she made more than BEAUTIFUL music; she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Cost: $109.  Original ticket price: $169, a nearly 36% discount!
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NSS Workshops on the Boulevard

Each day, the NSS Theatre on the Boulevard will host a variety of workshops along three tracks, Sunday – Tuesday: Business Nuts & Bolts, The Art of Writing and Trends from the Show Floor.  Free of charge and right on the show floor.

For the complete session and schedule details, click here.


The Art of Calligraphy

We’ve teamed up with three-star leaders in the industry to give calligraphy lessons at the NSS.  Learn from Danielle Rothman, Chavelli Tsui and Becky Park while you create a cool takeaway.  Meet us on the Boulevard and learn a new skill.  Check out the details and schedule here.





NSS and SURTEX Connect
Monday, May 21 at 11:30am and Tuesday, May 22 at 1:00pm

To celebrate the launch of her new stationery collection with Graphique de France, beloved fashion illustrator and influencer Rongrong DeVoe will be personalizing Graphique de France journals for SURTEX and NSS attendees. The artist will be live sketching participants’ initials and favorite fashion, everyday, or NYC icons on the cover of the journals. Icons ranging from her signature fashionable stilettos, lipsticks, lashes, coffee or other items of choice will be sketched with markers. Rongrong’s love for fashion illustration and art started at a very young age. She’s always been inspired by fashion and the female beauty, and loves to sketch women and their fashionable lifestyles. Her art is empowering and whimsical.

Stop by The Boulevard during the above times to catch all the action and receive a sketch done live by Rongrong DeVoe on a Graphique de France journal, while supplies last. 


The Mr. Thank You Project
Sunday, May 20, 3:00 – 3:30pm @ The Theatre on the Boulevard

John “Izzy” Israel, AKA Mr. Thank You, is on a mission to elevate the level of gratitude on the planet by 1% by inspiring 74 million Thank You cards written all over the planet.

In October of 2016, Izzy kicked it off by writing 5 Thank You cards a day, every day for 365 days. This mission transformed his life, family, community and business.  His story has been featured on ABC news, Fox News, PopSugar.com, MarthaStewart.com, and Good Morning America.

Hear Izzy share the transformational stories from the movement and future that lays ahead for Mr. Thank you and its potential impact on the stationery industry. 

Following this session John Israel will sign copies of his new book, The Mr. Thank You Project in the social media lounge.




Watercolor with Jenna Rainey
Tuesday, 5/22, 2:00 – 5:00pm in the Social Media Lounge

Jenna Rainey will be providing live watercolor where you can watch how she works with this wonderful medium. During this time, she will have a set menu of customizable pieces that anyone can choose from to have her paint for you right there and have to take home! These pieces will be on 140lb cold press watercolor paper and would make for a lovely piece to hang in the home or to make into a handwritten card! 


A simple message of gratitude can go such a long way. The NSS invites you to put pen to paper for a message of appreciation that we’ll mail for you straight from the Show floor – select a message, write your note, write the address of the recipient on the card, drop into the box to be mailed and we take care of care of the rest! Many thanks to these partners for the product contributions to the Appreciation Station:


Ashkahn (pronounced ash-con) is the studio & company of artist, designer, illustrator, art director, director, stationery prince, and all around bon vivant, Ashkahn Shahparnia. Ashkahn lives in Silver Lake, California. He loves bananas, poopheads, coconuts, burritos, 1985 300d mercedes, BORING, beer, gold, silver, centerfolds, neon, pastels, open bars, los angeles, tiki drinks, slackers, and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, to name a few. Ashkahn has been featured in Interview Magazine, Paper Magazine, The New York Times & Taschen to name a few.  In 2011 he was nominated by Print Magazine’s prestigious Top 20 Under 30. Ashkahn also has a line of stationery that is sold and adored worldwide.

Egg Press is a globally loved and distributed greeting card company, design studio, and letterpress print shop based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1999 by Tess Darrow, Egg press is considered one of the pioneers in the resurgence of letterpress printing. They are often noted for their sophisticated color palette, hand drawn illustrations, all-over textile inspired patterns, and sense of humor. Egg Press proudly designs and produces all of of their greeting cards and small-batch textiles in-house.

Hello!Lucky is a San Francisco-based design studio specializing in rolling out swoon worthy designs since 2003. It was always in the cards for sisters Eunice & Sabrina Moyle, who love to push the envelope and enjoy nothing better than a good pun. The sibling duo has spent the last eleven years mastering the craft and placing Hello!Lucky in stores worldwide. Their mission is to share joy and connect people to their own creativity, inspire personal expression, and forge authentic human connections.


Sakura is a prime manufacturer of art materials and writing instruments, with a R&D lab that has made many technological breakthroughs such as the invention of oil pastels and gel ink.  Sakura is most famous for it’s Cray-pas®, Gelly Roll®, Pigma Micron® & Koi® Coloring Brush brands.



Thinking of You Week is an international movement to celebrate the joys and benefits of sending and receiving hand-written notes by encouraging people of all ages to send a card a day for a week, just to tell someone they are thinking of them.

Sponsored by the GCA, the event raises the profile of sending greeting cards and is also a great way for publishers and retailers to get involved in their local community, perhaps by running a competition or working with a charity. Our website, www.thinkingofyouweekusa.com, provides suggestions, ideas and tools and features success stories from previous Thinking of You Weeks in the UK.