The Safekeeping Society combines the talents of book binder Cat Willis (Kitty Farrow) and stationery designer Alice Gabb.
Cat has been a box maker and book binder for over ten years. She spends her days surrounded by traditional presses and Victorian machinery in Central London, undertaking many an elaborate commission.
Alice has been designing and hand printing stationery since 2009, where she began selling her paper wares at Broadway Market. She now works from her studio in East London where she designs and creates fine stationery to commission.
Having crossed paths many times over the years, Alice and Cat bonded through mutual admiration of each others talents and a love of all things paper. At last, over an occasional glass of sherry, the pair have decided to combine their unusual skill-set to create heirlooms that will be appreciated for many years to come.
WHAT WE DO
We can create a range of bespoke keepsake boxes, stationery and honeymoon journals made with love using traditional skills and craftsmanship.
Every box is made to order, so we can build them around your chosen items; from holiday souvenirs to keepsakes from your wedding day. Each item is designed and handmade in London using traditional techniques and the finest quality materials.
Box making & Book binding
Cat has an entire decade of experience in this department and works surrounded by a variety of traditional presses, with walls stacked full of metal typeface collections. Her boxes are built with traditional milling board and covered with high quality bookcloths or buckram. Cat particularly enjoys creating boxes with intricate compartments around chosen keepsakes, lined with gloriously soft suedette.
We can finish any item with personalised foil blocking. We can accommodate custom designs or talk you through our image and typeface collections.
Alice specialises in screenprinting the most delicate of illustrations, which feature in our Honeymoon Journal. She can create totally bespoke books and album designs this way, which Cat then expertly binds and finishes with foilblocking.
After teaching herself calligraphy in 2013, Alice now runs workshops across London sharing her skills and often works in-store for department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges, personalising purchases with her calligraphy. If you require a gift tag or inscription, it's the perfect way to finish your gift.
Personalised crest design
With a degree in illustration and a large library of books on heraldry and anything crest-related, Alice would be more than happy design a crest to finish your desired creation with.
If you would like to commission us to make something special, we would love to hear from you.
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