Everything You Need to Know About Monograms

What do you think of when you see a monogram--royalty? ivy leaguers? grandma? Monograms have a long-standing history as identity markers. Read on to find out more.  

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Monograms were invented to mark the reign of a particular ruler during ancient times. By the middle ages, the monogram evolved to identify the work of an artisan, such as a goldsmith. And by the 19th century, monograms became the symbol of aristocracy. 

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Aristocratic monograms were embroidered onto table linens and applied onto cutlery and other household items. The monogram became the "brand" for personal identity. Some rulers opted to use an icon instead of their initials--i.e. the bee for Napoleon and the swan for Josephine. By the 20th century, fashion brands, such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton, adopted the founders' monograms as the official company logos. 

Today, anyone can apply their monogram onto virtually anything, including furniture. Check out our collaboration with Clare V., the fashion accessories designer known for her fresh and modern use of the monogram, and design your own, truly personalized piece.