WHAT’S IN A NAME: Our company
name refers to the structure of how a letter
begins and ends. We chose “Dear” because
it is a sincere way to address someone and
“Hancock” (as in John Hancock) because
it refers to a signature that is both visually
bold and historically significant.
FIRST STATIONERY COLLECTION
DESIGNED: The Desk Collection. It is
comprised of desk illustrations that reflect
various personal interests. Each desk and
the objects painted on it acts as a portrait
that personalizes the stationery. Our collection has grown, but we initially released
The Naturalist Desk, The Architect’s
Desk, the Sewing Desk, the Writer’s Desk,
and the Photographer’s Desk.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION:
We drive to the mountains and build a
snowman in the back of Earnest’s pick-up
truck. The challenge lies in driving back
down the mountain to reach home before
the snowman melts.
GWENDOLYN’S FAVORITE HOLI-
DAY DISH: Earnest makes a mean tra-
ditional apple pie with a lattice crust. His
mom and grandmother taught him well.
Parisian artist Nathalie Lete’s “Le Tigre” plate graces the windowsill in the kitchen.
EARNEST’S FAVORITE HOLIDAY
DISH: Gwendolyn’s mashed potatoes. They
have a perfect balance of mashed versus unmashed texture, with the best salt-to-pep-per-to-butter ratio.
GWENDOLYN’S CHERISHED CHILDHOOD MEMENTO: I have several books
that I illustrated as a child. I had an obsession with drawing flying horses that lived in
the centers of flowers.