Category Archives: Celebrity

Deborah Messing – The Starter Wife and Epica Hand Marbleized Journals

starterwifejournal1Sometimes leather just gets too much credit. If you’ve ever seen the new hit show The Starter Wife, you know Deborah Messing keeps a very unique journal shown here:

The Starter Wife Epica Hand Marbleized Journal

Certainly this is something very different than what we’re used to seeing.  In the World of Epica, we find that most people are fascinated with Italian Leather and generally select our solid leather line as special purchase.  Certainly,  we would never dissuade anyone from that type of purchase because after all, it is our specialt, but there is another  little known secret about Florence and Tuscany where so many other wonderful goodies like food, jewelry, wine and leather come from, and that is the phenomenon and timeless nature of Hand Marbleized Florentine Paper. There is a great deal of history that goes along with such paper but for this post we just want to let you know how it’s made because we’ve witnessed it first hand…

It’s a matter of opinion but in many ways Hand Marbleized Florentine paper when totally hand made (and not photo copied) is even more unique and special than leather because each piece is one of a kind.  Literally no two pieces on the planet will ever be identical and here’s why:

It all starts in a basin full of mixed oils or acrylic in several unique colors.  A Florentine artisan literally creates ‘marble’ designs inside the basin and creates the perfect design using various tools and brushes.  Think of oil painting in it’s freest form.  Once sufficient colors have been added, blended and played with, a rather large sheet of special water and oil resistant paper is then set on top of the oils to transfer the design.  Various techniques are used to remove the paper which gives it unique swirls, shapes, sizes and in some cases the more famous peacock look.  The now hand marbleized paper is then laid out to try an racks that resemble large cookie sheets to dry.

Once dry the paper can now be used in place of leather to create one of a kind masterpieces in the form of journals, guest book and photo albums.  On higher end journals the corners are capped in leather as well as the spine and 1/4 of the book itself to prevent fraying and unnecessary damage during ordinary use.  The result is something quite extraordinary. We find that, just like different fabrics or bed linens, simply gazing at one of these books uplifts your mood — assuming of course you like the color scheme , but that’s what getting to choose your own is all about.

If you ever want to know more, drop us a comment and we’ll reply asap with everything we know from our knowledge base.  Hand Marbleized  Paper products also make amazing accent pieces for the home or office and help to tie in colors and themes or add a splash of color to an otherwise muted surrounding. We prefer them by the stack!

The Epica of Harry Potter, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and JK Rowling

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Sotheby’s recently auctioned an original edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, handwritten and illustrated by JK Rowling. The volume was an one of a kind custom journal with hand forged metal elements and filigree fitting the story and and Ms. Rowling’s Harry Potter style. One of seven copies in existence it was purchased by Amazon.com.

The purchase price was £1,950,000 (2,767,050 million U.S. dollars), and Ms. Rowling is donating the proceeds to The Children’s Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.

The piece is truly an extraordinary work and mirrors several items in our catalog. The exquisite leather and paper closely resembles our Amalfi line while the overall concept emulates Epica’s old world Authentically Ornamented items.

Simply enjoy the links and images. It’s not often we find something of such perfection in both writing and craftsmanship.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by JK Rowling–all 157 pages of it. It’s bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.

There is no easy way to define the experience of seeing, holding, or reading J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, so let’s just start with one word: “Whoa.” The very fact of its existence (an artifact pulled straight out of a novel) is magical, not to mention the facts that only seven copies exist in all the world and each of the never-before-told tales is handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling herself (and it’s quite clear from the first few pages that she has some skill as an artist). Rowling’s handwriting is like the familiar scrawl of a favorite aunt–it’s not hard to read, but it does require attention–allowing you to take it slow and savor the mystery of each next word.

Amazingly beautiful in it’s presentation, detailing and story: The Tales of Beedle the Bard at Amazon and via Sotheby’s

It’s not often we get to show them off so please excuse the pitch but we have some exquisite journals similar in both concept and design, as well as our custom made solutions:

Epica 8×10 Leather Authentically Ornamented Handmade Italian Distressed Leather Journal
Epica 15×22 Worlds Second Largest Journal Full Authentic Restoration Journal
Need a custom made journal solution? Something to your exact specifications?

Epica Business & Orgizational Clients

 

A
A + I design
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abram W. Bergey & Sons, Inc.
Acequia Madre House
Addison Lee PLC
Adkins
Adobe Systems
ADP
Advance Manufacturing Company
Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
AIG
Albertsons / Osco Pharmacy
All Souls Unitarian Church
Allurent, Inc
ALN Systems
American Century Investments
American Family Real Estate
American First Financial
American Thoracic Society
Andrews University
Anmahian Winton Architects
AnnaJoyPhotography.com
Applewood Inn
ARCA
Architectural Accents
Archstone Smith
Arizona Bird Observatory
ASET International
Astoria Hotel – Central Park West, NY
ATARI Inc
Atlantic Records
Audi of North America
Audio Vision Import

 

B
Bank of America
Barrington House Bed and Breakfast
BHL
Bones- 20th Century Fox
Borman Entertainment
Boston University School of Med
Breeza North Embarcadero – Marina Del Rey
Briaerean Honor Society
Broberg Investment Group
Brooklyn Supreme Court
Brown Gibbons Lang
Brown University
Builders Design Gallery
Burgoyne Enterprises, Inc.

 

C
C-17 Pearl Gardens
CaliforniaCastle.com
Cameron Capital Corporation
Capital Records
CapitalSource Inc.
Capps Digital
Caputo Public Relations
Carolina Power and Light
Carter & Burgess
Casa de Campo Resort
CCN
Cedars-Sinai Med Ctr
Centaur Photographic
Center for Early Education
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Certapro Painters
Chapel Hill UMC
Chester Park Junior School
Citibank
ClearCom
Clint Welty
Coldwell Banker
CollegeNET, Inc.
Colorado Mountain Express
Comfort Inn
Concept Packaging
Consult Ltd
Consultant Investors Group
Cornerstone Properties
Covenant Church
Crickett Creative
Crosby Wealth Management
Crystal Cruises Inc.

 

D
D&B
Daniel’s Broiler
DBGS UK Ltd
Deer Creek Lodge
Delcor
Department of Physiology Trinity College
Derenzo and Associates, Inc
Desert Heart Foundation
Dionari Holdings Inc.
Dior
Disk Marketing Inc
DMB Realty
Dynaco Corp.

 

E
Ebony Foundations
EBSCO Publishing
Ed & Don’s of Hawaii
EDS Diana Powell
Elite Capital
Elle Consulting
Emma Willard School
“Emmys (Academy of Television
Arts & Sciences)”
ENGlobal Engineering, Inc
Ericsson
ESC
Estes Express Lines
ExxonMobil

 

F
Family and Children’s Association
FEA
Fee Fee Baptist Church
First Choice
FirstBank of Henry County
Flaherty Sensabaugh & Bonasso
Folger Coffee
Foltz Martin LLC
Fonville Morisey Realty
Forest Drive Church
Franics Marion University
Franklin and Marshall College
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

 

G
Garvan Woodland Gardens
GE
Genentech, Inc.
GenXL
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
GHL International
Glenborough Realty Trust, Inc.
Global Sponsorships
GlobalTec Solutions
Goldberg Design
Gore Mutual
Greenwich Capital
Groverstudio

 

H
Harrison, tibor & Castillo
Hawkins Photography
Heartland Home Lending
Hewitt Associates
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
HKS, Inc.
HMS Catering, Dir. of Catering
Hollywood Records
Hospice of the Valley
Hunt Electric Corporation
Hyder Consulting
Hyundai Corporation

 

I
Illinois American Water
Inn on Lake Granbury
Interbrand
International Paper
International Republican Institute
IntraLinks

 

J
J.P. Morgan
Jana Foods LLC
Jazz Management Group
JD Powers and Associates
JH Partners
Jim Sigel Auto
JLC
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Jones Energy, Ltd.

 

K
KC Pharmacy
KCM Capital
Kent State University
Kentucky Historical Society
Knight-Wallace Fellows
Koch Industries, Inc
Kramer Lab
Krugliak & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

 

L
Lang Hall, Canterbury Christ Church University
Larkin Street Youth Services
Lexus
Liberty Mortgage
Life Care Innovations
LifeNet
LITHOGRAPHIX
Lloyd International Honors College, UNCG
Lumber Products

 

M
Magic Seal Packaging Products
Make A Wish Foundation
Marriott Golf
Mary Kay Inc.
Mass Development Agency
MBNA
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
McMaster University
McWilliams & Co
MDS Farms
Meade Cottage
Meinheim, Cameron
Merton Print
Metwest
MGI Securities Inc
MICROSEMI CORP
Miss Lucy’s House of Holidays
MODA
Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles
Moran Towng Corporation
Morry’s Camp
Mount Vernon Community School
Multi-Bank Securities
MVP Collaborative

 

N
NBC-Crossing Jordan
New England Data Services
New Horizon Custom Homes
Niche Restaurant
Nickelodeon Studios
NORDSTROM
Nutech Energy Alliance
NYS OHS

 

O
Omni Development Co
Orchard Brook Farm
Orion Realty
Orrick
Our Lady of Mercy

 

P
Patrick Posta Photography
Pepsi
Perfect Pear
Pilgrim’s Inn
Pine Tree Golf Club
Pioneer Investments
Plastic Package, Inc
Platinum American Express Concierge Service
PostNet
Pragma Wealth Management
Princeton University
Pryor Wedding Central
Pulte

 

Q
Quechee Lakes Real Estate

 

R
R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn
Raskob Foundation
RATA Associates
Relics Bar
RippleTech
Rogers Benefit Group
Rogers Corporation
Rotary Club International
RVS Ventures
Rydens Border Store

 

S
Sacred Skin
Saint Peregrine Shrine
Salem Baptist Church
San Ysidro Ranch – Montecito, California
Savantage Solutions
Saxon and Company
SBC Systems
School of Architecture
School of Justice Studies Queensland University of Technology
Senior Client Specialist
ServAward, Inc.
Sheraton Vistana Resort
Silo Network Services Inc.
Soolip (Melrose, Los Angeles)
Soolip Gumps (San Francisco)
Southern Catholic College
Southern Living at Home
SouthWinds Church
Springside School
St Paul’s Hospital
St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
Stella Maris Aged Care Facility
Steven Bzura, Esq.
Superior Mortgage
Survivor – Television Show
Syngenta

 

T
Tallgrass Trail
Tapleys
TCW
Tenth Street Entertainment
Textured Coatings of America
The Garden Flat
The Gibbes Company
The Green Mountain Inn
The Maples Inn
The Pyne Companies Ltd.
The Queen’s College
The Ritz-Cartlon New York
The Rogers Group
The SAVO Group
The UPS Store
ThinkDero, Inc.
Throop Church
Time Magazine
Transamerica Pyrimid Building
Traton Homes
TSG Consumer Partners
Turnberry LTD and Associates

 

U
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
UDC
University of Dayton
University of Rochester
URS
USSD

 

V
Varlington Lodge
Verizon Wireless
Vermont Academy
Vidaillet, Inc.
Videovision Entertainment
Vodafone
VSP

 

 

W
Wachovia Bank
Wachovia Securities
Waitsfield Telecom
Washington Vintners
Waubonsee Community College
Wells Fargo Bank
Wes’ Appliance
Westmass Area Development Corporation
Wheaton Village
Wheel of Fortune
White Bird Institute
White Moose Lodge – Smith River Ranch
Wine Room On Park Ave.
Wolf Ridge Lamb & Wool Co.
Women in Aviation, International
World of Disney Entertainment
Worldwide Nature Artists Group – Canada World of Disney NYC

 

X

 

Y
Yahoo!, Inc.

 

Z
Zichron Shlome Refuah Fund
Zoran Corp

Epica Individual / Celebrity Clients

A
Akerman, Troy
Agassi, Andre
Arline Wolff
Arquette, Patricia
B
Bleidorn, John
Bolton, Michael
Boyle, Peter
Bryan Cave
Bruckheimer, Jerry
Bryant, Kobe
C
Copperfield, David
Cornwell, Patricia
Cross, Marcia
D
Deniro, Robert
Dick Hauserman
E
Emmys (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)
F
G
Goodman, Shevin
H
Hatcher, Teri
Heston, Charlton
I
J
Jackson, Layola
K
Karan, Donna
King, Stephen
L
Lindsay Lohan
Liza Melo
M
Maisner, Bernard
Manheim, Kathryn
Mazon, Ricard
N
Nadler, Elizabeth
O
Orr, Francis
P
Penn, Sean
Q
R
Rivers, Joan
Robbins, Anthony
S
T
U
V
Seta & Byard Vandegrift
W
Weird Al Yancovich
Winfrey, Operah
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Y
Z