We always feel a surge of pride when we see local gals make good — and Washington has loads of smart, stylish, business-savvy women who are making a name for themselves as entrepreneurs. Because we like to tip a hat to all things (and people) awesome in this town, we had to give a shout-out to the founders of Haute Papier, who turned a college friendship into a successful small business. The charming duo of Sarah Meyer Walsh and Erin Miller spend their days creating beautiful letterpress stationery and paper goods, and their pretty creations are sold all over the country, and even in Australia. So, naturally, we had to ask: How'd they do that? We got Walsh and Miller to share their secrets for working together, turning a creative hobby into a full-time gig, and more — read on for their insider expertise.
Photographed by Marshall Johnson/The President Wears Prada; Photo: Courtesy of Haute Papier
How did you meet?
Miller: "We worked together while Sarah was in college — I was just out of college and we became instant friends."
How did you get into the stationery business?
Meyer Walsh: "Haute Papier came to be in 2006, when I was designing my own wedding invitations. One of my Junior League friends asked if I could do her invites, and I thought to myself, 'I could do this for a living.' The rest is history!"
If you weren't creating beautiful paper goods, what would be your dream job?
Miller: "I would run a grocery co-op. Though I know nothing about being a grocer, I do appreciate fine foods and a sense of community."
Meyer Walsh: "Do I have to pick just one? Let's see ... Restaurant designer, cookbook author, fabric and textile designer, photographer ... It changes daily."
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