A Brief History of William Ernest Brown Stationery
With a 50+year-old history in Los Angeles, William Ernest Brown began with it's first brick and mortar shop located in Beverly Hills. The owner, and namesake, known simply as Bill Brown by customers and friends, was a true artist. Bill was an innovator in the world of custom stationery, designing and producing only the most unique, high-quality sets of invitations and personal stationery possible. He invented new ways of printing to make engraving possible on extra heavyweight card stock, to achieve the most elegant, striking invitations in town. Bill continued as a contributor after the business undertook new ownership, and a second location was established here in Brentwood. After a few years with two stores, the Beverly Hills location closed, and the focus turned to the Brentwood shop.
In the summer of 2014, the owners prepared to retire and the decades-old business was set to close altogether. Determined to continue on with Bill's legacy, Karen Rosenberg stepped in as the new owner, and kept the shop alive. Specializing in custom invitations & announcements for special events, and personal & business stationery, W.E.B. offers clients the option of customizing and ordering from a variety of albums by top-notch designers, or the opportunity to create something completely custom from scratch. Above all, their focus is on impeccable customer service, putting heartfelt care into every detail, with the goal of creating beautiful paper & a beautiful experience for the client. Just the way Bill did.
In January of 2018, our team was disappointed to learn we had to vacate the charming and unique shop. However, that news has led to some very exciting new opportunities that we can't wait to share with you! Please stay tuned....
• Our Team •
• Owner | Buyer •
For Karen, owning a charming stationery design studio was a natural progression in a career that began as a freelance Graphic Designer and Calligrapher. Upon moving into a successful design career in the advertising industry, Karen was able to mix her natural talent and flair for typography with her overall sense of design and account management.
Karen eventually took her passion for type & design into the paper and invitation world, working with clients to create custom cards and invitations. After years of working with several top custom stationery companies, her expertise in both design and customer service led her to run industry leader William Ernest Brown - a sophisticated shop with heart, soul, & inspiring creativity!
• Creative Director •
Beginning her career as a Display Artist and Fashion Stylist, Elizabeth brings a unique perspective and broad scope of design sense into her passion for designing stationery. After many years of creating window displays for luxury retailers such as Barneys New York, she began freelancing for small businesses and creative entrepreneurs. This work eventually pointed her to a focus on boutique brand development, and graphic design for special events and custom stationery.
Along with her role as Creative Director of W.E.B., Elizabeth is also a certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Her service and contribution in this field stem from her own heart-based spiritual practice that is rooted in love, music & the creative healing arts.
• Design Director •