Karen Suen-Cooper & Martin Cooper, co-founders of The Punctilious Mr. P's Place Card Co.

 Karen Suen-Cooper & Martin Cooper at B'ellow, their home in the Hudson Valley.

“Create the things you desire…”

... is the mantra of many designers as with fashion designers Karen Suen-Cooper and Martin Cooper. Karen and Martin, both alums of the Parsons School of Design, were the first married couple to be inducted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) in the same year.

As VP-Creative Director, Karen brought her creative energies to Kieselstein-Cord, the pioneer American luxury house, and later founded her own luxury brand, SUEN | COOPER luxury leather goods, where she specialized in exotic skin handbags.

As Burberry’s guru of outerwear, Martin spent 16 years building the venerable British brand’s calling card during its renaissance. Later as Chief Creative Officer of Belstaff, he led the creative transformation behind the brand’s reboot.

They balance the hyperdrive of city living by finding respite in Upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley. There, they restored their 1790’s farmhouse, B’ellow, and relish in the simple pleasures of entertaining friends and family in their black lacquer dining room.

 The Punctilious Mr. P's Black lacquer dining room at christmas

The Cooper's black lacquer dining room at B'ellow, their home in Old Chatham, New York.

So, what was the thing they desire...?

Joy— more of it!  With joy as one’s compass, the noise of daily life falls away. What emerges is The Joy Economy™. “We coined this moniker to express the intersection of purpose and commerce. It’s a commitment to enterprises that bring joy to oneself and others,” declares Karen and Martin. They co-founded The  Punctilious  Mr.  P’s  Place  Cards  Company to facilitate  the  goodness  of  gathering— joy derived from the ritual of the meal. At its core, no matter how casual or lavish, the partaking of a meal savors the experience of being together. In today’s hectic digital-virtual world, getting together for a meal with friends and family is truly a celebration.

What better way to make your guests feel center stage than to make a place for every name. Unable to find something more enticing than a white place card, or a folded white card, Karen and Martin invented the illustrated place  card—a  place  card  with  a  beautiful  curio  image  printed on the face with the option of digital calligraphy on the back. The curio images evoke an intoxicating  mood  that  set  the  theater  of  the  dining  table  and  spark  conversation. The illustrated place card brings new life to the table with each theme without investing in a new china pattern. They perfectly accessorize the table for every occasion and season— like the perfect handbag for a woman’s look. Invariably, the place card becomes a souvenir of an enchanted experience that recalls the goodness of gathering.

"Join The Joy Economy™."

martin cooper and karen suen cooper having a picnic in their garden published in ELLE Decor magazine, october 2020

The Coopers in ELLE Decor Magazine

October 2020 | Old Chatham, New York

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Why We're Different

Since 2018, The Punctilious Mr. P's Place Card Co. has distinguished itself by redefining the art of tablescaping with a blend of Southern charm and Chinoiserie chic. Our collections are more than just paper stationery; they are curated experiences that transform entertaining into a celebration of belonging and joy— allowing everyone a literal and figurative 'seat at the table.' Each product is a testament to tradition reimagined for the modern world, emphasizing inclusivity over antiquated formality.

It is your embrace of our vision that inspires us to continue creating places of connection and celebration. For this, we are grateful to you.