I heard some news late last week from that human dynamo otherwise known as Grace Kang — she’s the force of nature behind the Pink Olive boutiques in Manhattan’s East Village and Brooklyn’s Park Slope, The Pink Olive School, and OliveBox, a monthly service that sends goody boxes full of carefully curated paper and lifestyle goods to mailboxes all around America.

To commemorate OliveBox turning one, she’s introducing a new layer to the concept: OliveBox CardBox. For this initiative, a selection of cards will be assembled and mailed out based around a common theme. The first will ship mid-November and will contain eight winter holiday cards and 12 heart stickers — all the better “to spread the love with snail mail,” in Grace’s words.

While OliveBox still makes a great gift to give others — after all, whoever gets it will certainly think of you every month as they discover the goodies within — this creation is more for self-purchase. Grace has a discerning eye for hard-to-find, up-and-coming stationery designers, so this is essentially like shopping the best and brightest at National Stationery Show without the sore feet. Grace told me she is thinking that the first one will be a limited edition, so sign up  before they’re gone. It’s $25 plus shipping and handling, which includes a $10 gift card to the store (merchandise can be purchased online). Personally, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

On the trade side, this is also an opportunity for designers to get their work in front of a targeted group of paper lovers. Grace tells me that there’s about 20,000 creatives amongst the Pink Olive & OliveBox communities, so if you want to get your work in front of this audience, reach out today. Upcoming themes tentatively include love/Valentine, thank-yous, birthday & baby, so those samples can be submitted too.

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