The closing of M Milestones leaves a void in the luxury stationery market (Thankfully, we can follow Phyllis) | New Canaan & Darien Moms

The end of an era often signals the beginning of a new one. This proved to be true for Phyllis De Nicola. “I helped the Mulherns set up Milestones for its grand opening, and I was there on the final day that they closed the shop doors for good.” Her experience at Milestones was the continuation of a career that began by chance at another upscale stationery shop in New Canaan.


For Phyllis, a meeting with Shari Lebowitz, “paperpreneur” and owner of the new fine stationery studio, Bespoke Designs in Westport, was the catalyst that provided a seamless next step. Bespoke Designs was a natural furtherance of a long career helping customers find just the right wedding invitation, birth announcement and stationery products for a life well lived.


Bespoke Designs offers a modern take on the beloved heirloom. Fine stationery products and couture linens greet each customer as they come through the door. Phyllis describes the shop as the “…perfect place to find a uniquely personal item to make a lasting impression.” Recently, there has been a resurgence of highly personal, luxury niceties. Shari tapped in to this trend and presents an exquisite collection in her warm, cozy shop that encourages browsing. It’s hard not to fall in love with her exclusive linen collection created by Julia B. Couture Linens or be captivated by the walls lined with beautiful and unique stationery options from such en trend companies as Haute Papier and Alexa Pulitzer.

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Come see for yourself! Let Phyllis and Shari introduce you to the newness of old world sophistication and modern charm.

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