W I L L O W D E S I G N S is a boutique couture invitation and event design firm renowned for distinctive invitations, social celebrations and corporate event planning.
The company’s exclusive collection of couture invitation and note card designs debuted at the 1994 National Stationery Show in New York City, under the name of E N C R E, the French word for ink. Armed with a distinguished reputation for an obsession with quality, E N C R E became the inspiration behind the boutique full-service event planning firm now known as W I L L O W D E S I G N S.
D I S T I N C T I V E I N V I T A T I ON S
From the initial glimpse of an extraordinary hand-delivered couture invitation, to the final statement of a hand calligraphed thank you, the firm is dedicated to making grand statements about enduring quality and beauty. Co-founders René Hue and Kim Sala bring a sixteen-year history of designing exclusive one-of-a-kind invitations for a discerning clientele drawing inspiration from an impressive collection of vintage ephemera and contemporary design elements.
The use of innovative invitation materials, from hand-made European deckle-edge stocks, decorative embellishments, vintage beads and textiles, mingle with other non-traditional, unique media creating cutting-edge designs. These, combined with assorted revitalized techniques, such as hand engraving, letterpress printing, custom artwork, hand-lined envelopes, wax seals, and artisanal packaging, make a W I L L O W D E S I G N S invitation a rare product of unsurpassed elegance and style.
E X C E P T I O N A L E V E N T S
The firm brings unparalleled experience in planning and management to full-service events ranging from intimate gatherings of 15 to 800 person gala dinners. The approach to event design is a focus on fabricating visual vignettes which resonate with personal voice, individual expression and generosity of spirit. Custom creations in the form of accoutrements, tablescapes, décor, thematic appointments and favors echo tactile expressions of individuality.
Exceptional social fêtes, distinctive children’s events, and corporate event planning are choreographed to perfection. At every opportunity, the elements of event design will exude a level of creativity that is tantamount to an art form.