It's official! We're the BEST...

…Best of Floor that is! After a lot of hard work, Legacy was astonished and honored to receive the Best of Floor Award for Outstanding Visual Display at this year’s Americasmart Gift & Home Furnishing Show!

Our 2017 Atlanta Showroom

Our 2017 Atlanta Showroom

To be honest, for those of us at Legacy, this award feels more like an encouraging bookend to our year of change. Over the past 12 months, Legacy has reimagined our catalog, joined the crazy world of Instagram, made the switch from green to gold, updated our website, created a pretty fabulous blog (wink, wink), and ultimately found a new voice. So when it came time to redesign our Atlanta showroom, we approached it simply as the last piece of a pretty complex rebrand puzzle. We wanted the atmosphere of our showroom to encompass the look and feel of our new catalog and website. It had to be warm yet fresh in design. Beautiful yet innovative. Comfortable yet new...needless to say, we had our work cut out for us.

Our window design incorporated hand drawn plant figurines.

Our window design incorporated hand drawn plant figurines.

Over a crazy three weeks, all of Legacy worked around the clock designing, producing, and packing everything needed in order to accomplish the impossible. From signage to window displays, not a detail was left undiscussed. Finally as the show approached, we were packed and ready with only one mission in mind: attempt to execute our (hopefully) well thought-out plans.

One plane ride, three 14-hour days, and several trips to the cookie shop across the street later...and it was done! We did it! Our showroom looked beautiful and everything had come together as planned. Mission accomplished! All that was left to do was to enjoy the show. Though little did we know how wonderfully our hard work would pay off.

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It’s important to note that designers, as a whole, are extremely used to our work being overlooked. There’s a saying in the design industry that consumers will only notice design when it is done badly. So you can imagine our surprise when on the last day of the show, we were informed that not only were we noticed, we were winners. And for this enormous gift, we could not be more grateful. So a big thank you, thank you to everyone who had a part in this decision. We truly could not appreciate it more.

Planners Are Here! (P.S We're Back)

Have you missed us? We know, we knowit's been awhile and for that we are sorry. We missed you too. But, we promise this was worth the wait. Introducing Legacy's brand new line of planners! We've been in heavy production mode over here cranking out exciting new products that we can't wait to share! 

Our designers has been BUSY. Summer is one of the most hectic times for our trusty team as they tackle every challenge thrown at them. With all the new art coming in, products to design, and catalogs to lay out it's safe to say that we've had our hands full.

Today we take a break to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. Over the past year and a half, we've been working on making a planner that is both lovely and functional. Our goal was to make planning your days a treat, rather than a chore, and we think we may have succeeded! If you ask us, these are some beautiful, practical, life changing planners...okay, we might be biased, but we are seriously proud of these! We are firm believers that when you've worked this hard on something and the outcome is this fantastic , you're allowed to brag a little (while still remaining humble of course). So, we'll go ahead and just say it: These are the best planners ever. 

So here's our advice: Summer is almost over and it's time to get our lives back together. I've learned from my mother that when life gets overwhelming, the best thing to do is just write everything down. It may seem silly, but in an increasingly electronic world, having a tangible object with your days outlined can make everything seem just a bit more manageable.

So go on! Head on over to our website to check out the available designs. And if you order before tomorrow (August 24th), you'll receive 20% Off with the promo code PLAN_IT! Check 'em out.

A Note From Legacy

Hello Everyone!

We, at Legacy, are currently in the middle of implementing our rebrand and will have to take a brief hiatus from our blog. Never fear though! We'll be back (with updates!) in just a couple weeks! In the meantime, check out our Instagram @legacypublishinggroup!

See you soon!


A Day at Surtex

Every now and then, I marvel at the fact that I get to spend my life as a designer. I become awestruck when the line between work and fun blur and I usually end up thanking my lucky stars. My day at Surtex was one of these moments. It was a fantastic and crazy day that can only be made better through sharing it. So, with that in mind, I invite you to walk a day in the worn in shoes of a designer at Surtex…

4:00 A.M. – My day began with an unusually tough wake up call. Before the sun could rise, this designer was attempting to follow through with the very demanding checklist she had written the night before: Step 1: Don’t press the snooze button. Step 2: Be presentable (at least as much as possible).

5:00-9:30 A.M. – As a Massachusetts’ girl, I run on Dunkin’, making the first stop of the day a no brainer. An iced tea and two dollars later, it was back in the car and off to New Haven, CT. From there, we grabbed a train and headed to New York!

10:00 A.M. – We finally made it to the Javit’s Center! As a seasoned attendee, I was able to print both my Surtex and National Stationery Show badges with only minimal time wasted. After an already busy morning, I had finally arrived and the show could begin!

10:15 A.M.-12:30 P.M. –After joining the rest of the Legacy team (and checking out the Louie Winners), we bravely decided to begin the day by participating in the National Stationery Show’s annual scavenger hunt. The objective of the game is to encourage attendees to visit as many booths as possible by providing a free giveaway at every booth. This year, the giveaways were trading cards designed in the style of each exhibitor. As a slightly competitive person, I spent the next two hours ensuring that I collected them all (in addition to actually buying for Legacy's Thurston House shop).

1:00-3:30 P.M. – After a quick lunch, the time had finally come to walk the Surtex show! With our business cards in hand, the team and I traversed each row searching for the look of next year’s line. In a couple hours time, we had discovered and secured the best of the best. Feeling pretty successful, the team and I took our victory march straight over to ‘Baked by Melissa’ for a delicious, tiny cupcake.

3:30-9:00 P.M. – Exhilarated and (more than slightly) exhausted, it was time to head back to Massachusetts. After over a collective 10 hours of traveling, I can confidently say that it was all completely worth it! Until next year, New York!

Getting Battle Ready

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Now, I’m aware that Edward Pola and George Wyle weren’t exactly imagining spring flowers when they wrote this lyric back in 1963, but they never attended the Surtex Trade Show in May. 

We all have areas in our lives that tend to lean towards the ‘nerd’ end of the cool-o-meter. They are the beloved obsessions that interest us to no end and the topics with which we bore our friends. Surtex (we’re proud to say) is one of those areas for us at Legacy. 

Javits Center, NYC (home of Surtex)

Javits Center, NYC (home of Surtex)

The literal definition of Surtex is a trade show for sourcing and licensing original artwork; however, a more accurate description might be, ‘a wondrous spectacle of creativity.’ It is undoubtedly the best show in town (which for New York is saying something) and we’re not the only die-hard nerds in line. Surtex attracts buyers and wholesalers from around the world, all chomping at the bit for the opportunity to snag the best pieces. It’s the most anticipated race of the year and only the fiercest competitors will walk away victors. But…we’re not worried. In ten days time, the Legacy girls will don their battle armor and enter the arena ready to fight! I personally just can’t wait to see the spoils.

Blogger’s note: Legacy does not encourage any actual fighting…just the use of well-crafted metaphors. 

Taking A Breath

Everything has its season. Athletes have their ‘on’ and ‘off’ seasons, actors have their award season, and the rest of us have the four major seasons that dictate our calendars. However, you may have never realized that in order for those calendars to exist, there must also be a calendar season

Legacy's Pocket Calendar

Here at Legacy, calendar season ranges from the beginning of December to the end of April (though if you tell this to any of the Legacy designers, we’d probably laugh and argue that we never actually stop thinking about calendars). Throughout those months, each one of our calendars is designed, proofed, color checked, edited, and prepared for printing. And as you may have guessed, with 84 titles to be created (just in wall calendars) and only five Legacy designers…this can be a bit of a hectic time. 

Legacy's Magnetic Calendar Pad

The truth is, we know that designing and producing a calendar is a great responsibility. People rely on calendars every day of the year. A calendar is our most reliable friend that would never let us forget to buy a card for mom or that our anniversary is next week. Its very presence fills us with comfort and provides much needed stability. Therefore, at Legacy, we know that it deserves our upmost care and attention. 

Legacy's Mini Wall Calendar and Wall Calendar

Every calendar is processed through a series of steps that truthfully could make your head spin. We check every date and holiday meticulously, and by April, we tend to feel exhausted and a bit number crazed. However, we are also left with the exhilaration of having created something of substance. We know that these products will live with our customers all year long and we are proud to have handled them with care. With a deep breath and smile, calendars can rest for another year and thankfully, so can the calendar designers. That is…until card season.

A Letter A Day

It’s a lesser-known fact that a letter a day keeps the crazy at bay. 

Happy National Letter Writing Month! This April, Legacy has joined Egg Press and Hello!Lucky (among others) in promoting creativity and expression through their write_on campaign. By writing 30 letters in 30 days, the write_on campaign hopes to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty and joy in writing a handwritten note. 

Here are the Guidelines:

1. Write one letter a day for the entire month of April.
(Note: We’re a little late here, but I speak on behalf of the write_on campaign when I say, it’s better late than never!)

2. Anything goes.
In my opinion, anything that starts with “Dear” qualifies. So draw, write, or compose…we won’t judge!

3. Buy a stamp and send it.
What’s a letter if it’s not sent? Brighten someone’s day and send each letter to someone different.

4. Hashtag it
If it wasn’t Instagrammed, did it really happen? Showcase your favorite letters and use #write_on to support the campaign!

5. Need some cards? Get ‘em at Shoplegacy!
In support of the campaign, Legacy is offering a special all month long! Buy one week of greeting cards (7 cards) and get a week free by using code WRITEONRT.

Finally, a quick note to all the ‘I don’t have time’-ers (Yeah, I’m talking to you, busy bees!):
We know life is hectic. We know that some days go by and you realize that not only did you forget to eat…you forgot to breathe. But here’s some friendly advice from Legacy: Each one of these letters will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. That’s 5 to 10 minutes to just sit down and enjoy turning your brain off. For a small window of time, this campaign is giving you permission to write, doodle, create, or connect to someone you love. Take advantage of it. You’ll be happy you did.

Our Pot of Gold

March has a fickle reputation in New England. Whether it’s raining or snowing (after three long months of winter), New Englanders are generally desperate for greener pastures and sunnier days. So on yet another rainy day in Massachusetts, this New Englander chooses to focus on the light at the end of the rainstorm…the rainbow.

Discovering Lisa Audit’s ‘Rainbow Seeds’ artwork at last year’s Surtex Licensing Tradeshow was like finding our own personal pot of gold. For those of you who don’t know, the Surtex show is a marketplace for original art and design and just so happens to be the highlight of this designer’s year. 

Imagine this: You are tasked with the immense responsibility of finding new artwork for Legacy’s 2016 product/greeting card line. While this appears to be one of the best jobs a designer can have, there is one catch…you can only choose a select few. Now imagine that from the minute you walk through the door, you are surrounded by an overwhelming amount of breathtaking pieces of art.  Do you see the challenge?

As you walk down the seemingly never ending hallways, you find yourself feeling like Goldilocks; tasting porridge after porridge in the attempt to find that one that is just right. It almost seems hopeless when suddenly you turn the corner and everything changes. For standing in front of you is a collection of artwork that ignites such a visceral feeling of desire that all you can say is, “…I need that.”

This ladies and gentlemen is how we found the ‘Rainbow Seeds’ collection. 

Sneak peak of Lisa Audit's 2017 Calendar

In a sea of artwork, Lisa’s collection was a breath of fresh air that simply couldn’t be ignored. Her bright watercolors create such a sense of airiness and uplifting joy that in an instant we knew that our customers would love her as much as we do.  So if you too are searching for certainty in fickle times, let us suggest the ‘Rainbow Seeds’ collection, for we promise…it will never disappoint. 

Something To Brag About

Now in the past, we at Legacy have never really been one to brag. To continue with my well-crafted metaphor, our flower has bloomed by sticking to our roots (one of which being modesty). That being said…doesn’t every flower deserve its day in the sun?

The topper of our Atlanta Showroom card cake in celebration of BACFAC

This past December, Legacy received very big news. After only two years, our Buy a Card, Feed a Child program hit a milestone so unexpected that one of our owners may have stood on a table and danced with excitement (but you didn’t hear that from me). By now, my hope is that most of our customers have heard about our Buy a Card, Feed a Child program, but for those of you who are new to Legacy, let me provide a small recap.

Back in January of 2013, the six pillars of Legacy attended their weekly executive meeting. After 20 years in business, these meetings had become a forum to discuss any upcoming orders, products, events etc.; however, at this particular meeting, two of the pillars had one really great idea…

Mr. and Mrs. Dunn with the six pillars of Legacy

By donating a portion of the proceeds gained by our full-color greeting cards to a hunger relief charity, Legacy had the opportunity to provide one meal to a hungry child with every purchase. Now as a family-owned business, Legacy has always felt that it is our obligation to help make the world a better place; not just for our family, but for families everywhere. So when it came time to decide whether or not to launch this new program, there was really no hesitation.

It’s been two years since the day we’ve announced Buy a Card, Feed a Child and in December, we were informed that we have donated the equivalent of 1,116, 048 meals to hungry children worldwide. At the risk of pushing my luck, let me repeat that one more time…we have served over one MILLION meals! Thanks to the generosity of our customers, we have been able to truly help in the eradication of hunger in the United States (as well as many other countries), and if you ask me, that’s something worth bragging about.

Our First Leaf

There’s nothing quite as exciting as when a seed begins to sprout. From the moment it peeks above the earth, it becomes a symbol on behalf of every person that has tirelessly devoted themselves to its well-being. Here at Legacy, we believe that we’ve just seen our first leaf.

Now Legacy has been around for quite some time. Many of our customers have watched as the ‘family that cares’ has grown and changed over the years. The once small adorable faces that graced our catalog have blossomed into fully-grown adults. While some have ventured off and become engineers or teachers, others have planted their roots in very familiar soil. But with the new generation, comes a new Legacy. It’s important to note however, that Legacy has always, and will always, be deeply rooted in the ideals of our parents. And while some things may change, others never will. After all, as the old adage says, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” or in our case…the flower.

The founding sisters of Legacy, 1970

'The Family That Cares', 1993

Note: This author’s parents deemed it quite important to mention that Legacy hasn’t gotten rid of the old dogs just yet, just brought in some new pups.