Back in May 2009, Chantal and I rented a big truck to drive down to Cornwall, Ontario to pick up our letterpress (see the post about our move here). We had already decided (after much discussion) that we would name our new stationery company Papillon Press. We love butterflies, they’re fun to draw and paint and we see a lot of them around here. It also sounds pretty good!
We tossed around a bunch of ideas like Full Court Press (not seriously, though, but I’m a basketball fan so I couldn’t resist the suggestion) and Hirondelle Press (a French word for a type of bird), but Papillon Press is the name we liked the best.
On the morning that we rented the truck we opened the back to give it a quick sweep and load it up with our moving supplies when Chantal came across the wing of a butterfly. It was such a great sign of good luck for us- for both the move and the eventual launch of the company.
We held onto the wing safely for the rest of the trip and when we got back we placed it in a small frame that is now on display in our press room.