Luxury stationery house Mrs. John L. Strong and creative maven Simone LeBlanc throw an intimate dinner party to celebrate their gifting collaboration.
Started in 1929 by Flora Strong, there are few brands as storied among the social set as Mrs. John L. Strong. Today, they are still setting the standard for hand-finished cards and desk accoutrements, but with a modern sensibility. Recently, they celebrated their new Simone LeBlanc partnership with a festive dinner attended by some of L.A.’s most creative tastemakers including designers Clare Vivier and Lauren Soloff.
C caught up with LeBlanc to learn more about the special evening and her new gilded designs for their signature notebooks, inspired by antique engravings and whimsical children’s book illustrations of the 1910s and 1920s. simoneleblanc.com; mrsstrong.com.
C: Tell us about preparing for the evening celebration.
LeBlanc: We wanted it to feel natural with pops of rich gold and beautiful texture, which was informed by the engraving techniques of Mrs. John L. Strong. And it was going to be outdoors, under the moon, which of course made sense with the “Dream Big” and “Shine Bright” designs of the tablets.
Talk to us about the table decor.
My favorite Heather Taylor Home linens added natural rustic texture to the table, Hollyflora created the most elegant and artful arrangements in plum and cranberry hues, and gold flatware from Casa de Perrin did wonders to catch the glint of candlelight at dark.
What was on the menu?
Dinner was all about the talents of Saehee Cho of SOO N: an updated take on the classics—a coq au vin, butternut squash ravioli, miso roasted potatoes and a baby beet salad.
What did it mean to have your close friends there to celebrate with you?
It was so great to have this delicious meal, under the moonlight, with these amazing women. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and celebrate the collaboration.
Written and edited by ANDREA STANFORD.
PHOTOS: Nancy Neil.