Say Hello to the Modern Monogram (Plus the Best Sources to Get Monogrammed Goods!)

published Oct 14, 2016
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From stamped leather totes to engraved copper desk sets, the old-fashioned monogram is finally going modern. Put a personal spin on it by designing your own (don’t worry, our definitive monogram guide will help!) and playing with unexpected colors. If minimalism’s your jam, pare down the traditional fussy script with a sleek sans serif. Choose a typeface that feels like you—then use these sources to put your signature style on everything.

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Best Monogrammed Bedding: Leontine Linens

If you’re looking for a keep-forever bedding set, this is it. New Orleans-based Leontine Linens lets you customize every aspect of their linens, from the fabric, to the color of the thread, to the design of each hand-sewn monogram. Don’t be afraid to go bold with color, as the company’s founder Jane Scott Hodges did in the bedroom in the first image, featured on One Kings Lane. This completely tailored-for-you process takes 8 to 12 weeks, so order early if you’re planning to give these hand-stitched linens as a wedding gift.

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Best Monogrammed Leather Bag: Madewell

If you’re into the minimalist monogrammed look, check out Madewell’s subtle gold stamp added to the top of their buttery leather transport tote, $168, plus $10 for monogramming. This is how you keep customization classy.

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Best Monogrammed Purse: J. Crew

J.Crew’s Signet Purse has a classic shape and easy sling-over-your-shoulder style that makes us think we’ll be reaching for this bag for years. Even better is the fact that you can customize it to fit your style. For starters, take your pick from 6 different colors, such as dark wine and cobalt sea (shown above), then add a monogram to the front or side tag. There’s really no mistaking who this bag belongs to. Signet Purse, $128, plus $10 for monogram.

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Best Monogrammed Passport Covers: Deriwe

Travel accessories company Deriwe began when a forgotten passport caused the company’s founders to miss their flight from New York to Sweden. Their solution: Design high-quality, personalized passport covers, wallets and luggage tags that they would be less likely to leave behind. While we can’t guarantee you won’t miss your flight—you’ll definitely get where you’re going in style. Leather Passport Cover, $69.

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Best Monogrammed Office Goods: Mark & Graham

Mark & Graham is known for monogramming almost everything—and for free!—so this should be your go-to source for personalized items you can’t find elsewhere. The copper desk set above is handmade in Turkey, then laser-engraved with your initials. Copper Pen Cup, $35, Catchall, $49, and Letter Holder, $49.

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Best Hand-Lettered Monogram Stationery: Dove House Handmade

To create each set of notecards, Dove House Handmade hand letters each monogram using calligraphy ink before digitizing and printing the designs. You can request all your initials, or just a sweet single letter. Ten Notecards and Envelopes, $16.

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Best (Pup) Monogrammed Pillows: West Elm

The only thing better than a monogrammed pillow is a monogrammed pillow devoted to your favorite family member. West Elm lets you choose from 14 different breeds, then adds your pup’s name for free. Dog Pillow Cover, $19.

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Best Monogrammed Cutting Board: Wood Luck Engraved

Bookmark this one for the next engagement party or wedding you attend. Give one of these custom cutting boards and the lucky recipients are sure to think of you every time they set out a cheese platter. Now all you have to do is figure out whether the happy couple has script or sans-serif style. Cutting boards, from $38.

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Best Monogrammed Napkins: Huddleson

Proof that fine linens don’t need to be overly formal, Huddleson‘s shibori napkins can be embroidered in any style and color thread you like. These napkins are meant to be pulled out every day, not kept prisoner in your linen closet. Shibori napkins, $20.