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Mark and Graham offers products personalized with custom monograms

Updated: 2013-08-25T02:31:00Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

My friends Jack & Al recently got hitched in New York City, and I know exactly what I’m getting them for a wedding gift — the Classic Hand-Blown Ice Bucket from Mark and Graham, monogrammed with each of their first initials.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. launched the brand Mark and Graham late last year, and it offers products personalized with a choice of more than 50 custom monograms and an assortment of type fonts.

Their philosophy, according to their website, MarkAndGraham.com, is that "a monogram tells a story. It suggests who we are or want to be, puts forth our views on marriage, tradition, and individual identity ..."

Their line of home products includes linen dinner napkins and place mats, various drinking glasses and bar ware, throw pillows and blankets, bed linens and bath towels.

Their site includes a monogram guide with examples of how to choose proper initials for all the traditional circumstances as well as for married women who hyphenate their last names or keep their maiden names, and, of course for same-sex couples "because equal rights rule."

The website offers suggestions for funny phrases ("Let them eat cake" on a cake stand) and acronyms inspired by texting and tweeting (LOML for love of my life). I'm tempted to order a throw pillow embroidered with the word "SIT" to add some whimsy to a settee in my dining room.

Mark and Graham also carries clothing, jewelry and other accessories. Just as with their parent and sister companies, including Pottery Barn and West Elm, their products appear to be high-quality and elegant.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to cgregorian@kcstar.com.

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