Shop Talk: Betty Hunley
Owner & Designer, Betty Hunley Designs
Photographed by Cheryl Gerber
How did it all start?
I started drawing in my crib and I haven’t stopped! I created invitations for friends in school and it snowballed.
Is paper still relevant?
The more we are bombarded by online communication, the more excited we feel when we receive a hard copy invitation in the mail inviting us to a special occasion. An engraved invitation on high quality paper is a work of art; it sets the tone and starts the excitement.
What invitation that you’ve designed is your favorite?
It was for a destination birthday at a tropical resort, and each guest received a monogrammed beach bag filled with beach essentials and a five-layer multi-colored card.
And the worst invitation?
A “Virtual Shower” where guests would show photos of presents and then send them, but there was no actual party; I had to turn it down!
What are the best kinds of stationery?
Classic white and ecru cards are timeless; black, charcoal or gold ink for formal notes; and hot pink, Tiffany blue or lime green for “fun” cards.
What are you excited about?
My spring stock and creating with my co-workers Christina Eiswirth, Tanya Henriques-Kinnett and Marianne Swanson.
Why New Orleans?
New Orleans is a party town; we celebrate everything, and every time we design it’s a new thrill. I was born and raised here; I love it.
Are people different in this city?
Yes. We pass on good manners and etiquette from generation to generation and respect protocols!
What are the secrets of your success?
Personal client service and our ability to guide our clients creatively and in matters of correspondence etiquette are our secrets. But the real secret is that I adore what I do for a living.
Betty Hunley | 6057 Magazine St., 895-2870, BettyHunley.com