How to Best Preserve the Memories of your Wedding Day
Our new, handmade boxes are expanding in popularity. Previous customers of these quintessentially English Boxes include the props department of the Mr.
Since Foster-Stephens’ has been in business since 1936, our product line has changed and expanded many times. In my 18 years with the company, I have brought new and exciting products to our market such as our muslin garment bags and covers. In 2009 we purchased the Treasure Chest line by Keystone and once again expanded our business. I recently came across boxes being handmade in England and fell in love with the concept of a handmade box that not only looks different from the other boxes here in the United States but also was much more versatile than the preservation boxes manufactured here. This is why I decided to set out for Foster-Stephens’ to become a distributor in the US for The Empty Box Company. These boxes not only fill the purpose of preservation and storage of precious textiles from wedding gowns to christening gowns to elegant lingerie and fancy accessories, they also are boxes that the average person would love to put on display in their home as well as suit the purpose of starting the preservation process as a gift box. What better way to present a bride with a preservation box than to give her a wedding shower gift in a beautiful, fancy wrapped box ready for reuse? Instead of buying a baby shower gift and spending money on wasteful wrap that will end up in the garbage, present the baby gift in our Empty Box baby box which is adorable and makes the perfect storage container for a christening outfit or special baby garment. Our Bridal Kit is the perfect gift from the mother of the bride or maid of honor. The destination bride will be proud to carry around her dress in the Empty Box Destination Kit with the many colorful, decorative patterns. The 4 sizes of hat boxes have so many uses and are an unusual item to find just anywhere. They are beautiful stacked on a dresser and will bring joy for years to come. We strive to become an environmentally friendly company with our support of CarbonFund.org which makes are relationship with The Empty Box perfect as they strive for the same goal. I hope our customers will find our new Empty Box boxes useful in helping our planet by eliminating wasteful wrapping paper as well as buying a product that will retain its usefulness for a long time to come. I hope that you will agree with me that these boxes are unique,
FOSTER-STEPHENS has taken an environmental leadership position by joining Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Program. In our quest for a better environment we will offset our carbon emissions with the Carbonfund.org Foundation, one of the country’s leading carbon offset organizations. Every person and business on this planet contributes to a carbon footprint created by what we do in our daily lives as well as how our business’ are run. This carbon footprint contributes to global warming and the deteriation of our environment for generations to come. Foster-Stephens’ has joined the fight to sustain our environment by making up for our carbon emissions. As a producer of different products that are manufactured, we cause carbon output during manufacturing, trucking and storage as well as in our office and even when our employees drive to work. We can all do our part to correct are negative impact on our world. Recycling is just one way to make up for the destruction of our planet. By giving to Carbonfund.org, our donated funds will go toward supporting reforestation projects in the US and abroad. If you would like to find out ways you can reduce your carbon footprint please go to www.carbonfund.org or check out our link at http://www.carbonfund.org/partners/item/foster-stephens-inc. Climate change is real and we are all responsible for the world in which we live, and we all must be part of the solution! And we must solve the problem by reducing our emissions by 50-85% globally by mid century. You can also help by buying products from environmentally friendly companies.
I wanted to talk about the trend of "Trashing the Dress" which still seems to be taking place in the name of art. We posted a picture on our website of a bride laying down in the surf and between the foamy waves and the white of her skirt, it really was a very beautiful shot. We did receive a comment from a customer that she was surprised a company that deals with preservations would post such a picture. While we do not clean gowns, we leave that up to the many dry cleaners and specialists that we manufacture our products for; we do absolutely care about the preservation of family heirlooms such as wedding dresses and I have just recently learned a lot from one of the wedding gown restoration specialists that we do deal with. Just because a bride may choose to have some very artful photos taken at the risk of her dress does not mean it has to be permanently trashed. Dirt, food and stains can all be removed when taken to someone who specializes in cleaning and restoring fine garments such as wedding gowns. Small tears can easily be repaired and beads can be replaced. Any bride can have the best of both worlds. And a dress can go for a swim if it is 100% polyester. If a dress is a natural fiber like silk, cotton or linen, water will not be a friend. There can be permanent wrinkling and shrinking that not even Wonder Woman will be able to remove. Please keep this in mind when thinking about your photography for your wedding. Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life. How you feel about your dress today may not be how you will feel in the future. I think as a rule we become more sentimental about our memories and if your not a parent yet, just wait. Chances are if you do not hold onto that dress and keep it for the possibility of your child wearing it or for using a part of it in their future, you may have regrets. It is a very tangible part of that day. It is a piece you can look at and share once again in your future. It is much more special to have than to just look at in a picture. The dress is You in that moment. A very short element of time in your life span but one that is so precious.....
Embroidery of our muslin bags has become so popular that we moved our operations in house. We have a large variety of bags perfect for that special message. Our garments bags of 70”, 62”, 50”, 42” and 38” are perfect for wedding gowns, dresses, costumes, suits and children’s clothing. In your choice of color we can embroider a newly married couples name, wedding location, or date. Family heirlooms can have the date of creation and the family name. Many other special occasions such as baptisms, graduations, proms, and military service can be commerated on our beautiful, archival, muslin bags. Personalization makes for fabulous gifts for the new bride, new graduate or new baby. Our muslin covers fit over our many different sizes of preservation boxes. These can also be embroidered with the same types of messages. Fine textiles need to be treated with care. Whether you decide to hang them or box them, mark them with your special occassion or as a gift for someone special.
Foster-Stephens, inc. has been producing storage solutions to preserve and protect wedding gowns and other family treasures since 1936. Our product line includes many styles and sizes of archival protection boxes and bags. We pride ourselves in providing the finest quality archival storage solutions; our products provide the quality and durability that museums demand while being easy to use and store.