March 23rd, 2015

My Serendipitous Meeting with Bernard Maisner

by Jacqueline Whitmore
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A delicious lunch and stimulating conversation with master calligrapher Bernard Maisner.

Last October, I attended my friend’s wedding in Laguna Beach, California. It was one of the most elegant events I had ever attended.

During the reception I was fortunate to sit next to Bernard Maisner, an internationally renowned master calligrapher and stationer.

Bernard designed all of my friend’s wedding invitations, place cards, menu cards and more. Each piece was a magnificent work of art.

If you were in New York over the holidays, you might have seen his work in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman.

As the night went on, Bernard and I got to know each other fairly well. I told him that I would love for him to one day design my stationery. Little did I know that day would come sooner than later.

Last December when I was in New York for a television appearance, I made an appointment to stop by his home to look at his portfolio. He and I sat in his living room together reviewing hundreds of designs and styles. He showed me stationery samples that he designed for some of the most famous and prominent people in the world.

After our meeting, Bernard treated me to a sumptuous luxurious lunch at Lincoln Ristorante at Lincoln Center. We talked quite a bit about our backgrounds and discovered that we had a lot in common. Both of us came from humble beginnings, yet shared a love for the finer things in life. We quickly became good friends.

Since then, he has been busy working on a custom engraved calligraphy design especially for me and I received a proof last week. It’s gorgeous and I can’t wait to show it to you. When it’s finished, I’ll be sure to post it on my Facebook author page.

If you have a special occasion coming up or if you just want your very own custom stationery, I highly recommend Bernard Maisner. You can see a short documentary on his work here.

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