Kalyn Johnson Chandler is the founder and creative force behind the signature paperie, Effie’s Paper :: Stationery & Whatnot. Following a ten year legal career as an environmental transactional lawyer at Jones Day, Kalyn returned to her first love, fashion in 2007. In 2007, she launched STYLE by Kalyn Johnson, a style consultancy focused on personal branding for men and women in the corporate arena. Her client roster consisted of television news anchors, attorneys, physicians and other professionals. Now, a self-taught graphic designer, she’s extended her intrinsic fashion sense into a distinct lifestyle brand focusing on desk accessories and travel products, named after her grandmother, Mrs. Effie Hayes, that features her signature design aesthetic of bright colors, bold designs and witty “bon mots”.
Effie’s Paper :: Stationery&Whatnot is a lifestyle brand setting the trend for the cool accessories to buy, how to travel in style and how much coffee it’s chic to drink on a daily basis. Kalyn believes that from the door to her desk, a woman should be surrounded by pretty things that make her heart leap! Her products are a unique mix of casual elegance, motivation and social conversation that make using them fun and engaging. Although named after Kalyn’s grandmother, Effie’s Paper :: Stationery&Whatnot is not your grandmother’s lifestyle brand!
Kalyn’s goal was simple, to create lifestyle products that could co-exist with today’s technology. Et voilà! Effie’s Paper offers its online customers, and wholesale accounts, an on-trend, curated selection of stylish desk, stationery, travel and gift accessories. The products reflect Kalyn’s belief that the future is female and is being shaped by the power of Black Girl Magic!
Effie’s Paper :: Stationery&Whatnot is a certified MWBE (Minority Owned Women Business Enterprise) and Kalyn is a recent graduate of the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Additionally, Kalyn is a recognized Letter Writing Expert. In addition, Kalyn is a co-author of the cult classic, The BAP Handbook :: The Official Guide to the Black American Princess.
Kalyn holds a BA in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan and an MA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.