I have kept it no secret that I am head over heels for the foundry Magpie Paper Works. The genius behind the brand Jess is one of my favorite lettering artists.  I love how she has been so prolific and always spot on with the trends on what a designer may be needing but can’t find. Her Vermandois and Saissant are some of the most realistic of the casual/modern hands and she was one of the first to launch with such radically different calligraphy fonts that I feel she opened the gateway for other artists to follow.  Not content to sit back on her previous successes she has launched a gorgeous new font Ahra that will be perfect for both invites and envelopes. It has some truly beautiful contextual alternates & swashes and from the description it reads that she has made it ‘simple & automatic to add end-of-word swashes’. I know Ahra will be as big a success (or bigger) than the ones she has created previously. If you enjoyed my recommendation of the Jacques & Gilles font, I think this has the same feel, but more femme + sophisticated, a great one to add to your collection!

Some others that I think you might like are the newly released Kailey by Molly Jacques, it feels a lot like her own hand that you may have seen pinned everywhere. A bargain font ($5) is the newly released Paris, it has the feel of Strangelove (a hipster staple) but again it is a little more femme.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups.


  1. I saw this font on MyFonts a couple weeks ago and I totally thought of you, Tristan!!!! I knew this would be one you would absolutely love!!! I think I am totally gonna buy this one – it is so beautiful! :)

    1. Sara, I love that you thought of me! I am such a fan of Jess and her lettering/fonts, this one is genius because she made it super easy to add the swashes. I think it’s one to own for sure. I also love her Saissant and Jacob Riley (a bargain at $32!) but you can’t go wrong with her fonts, they are really high quality:)

  2. Holy crap! I love “Paris”! I was looking for a typeface just like that for a personal project, and I’m so happy I found it!
    Thanks, Tristan.

    1. Monica, I am SO happy! I love the feeling of finding a wanted font and even better when it’s a great price:)

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