Vanessa Kooby


Having worked in the stationery industry since 1987, I know what is trendy, what is timeless, and what is proper in the paper world. Let me share some of my knowledge with you.

Feel free to email me questions or suggestions for topics.

The All “New” Blacker and Kooby!

Blacker and Kooby is back and going strong. We have been reincarnated as Blacker and Kooby by Vanessa, and once again we are full retail with the merchandise you have been missing.


Our shelves are well stocked with art supplies, school and home office supplies, leather goods and bags, readers, greeting cards, boxed stationery, elegant clocks, watches, fine pens, and colorful markers. If you are looking for a hostess or baby gift, you don’t have to go to midtown. Avoid traffic, avoid the UN bottleneck, shop local!


…and we have an excellent personalized printing department!

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We All Live In A Colorway!

When I help someone ordering stationery or invitations, I always take note of how they are dressed. Ninety per cent of the time a customer will choose an ink color or paper color that coordinates with their attire.

A woman ordering purple stationery will be wearing a lavender sweater. A man ordering business cards with grey ink will be wearing a grey suit. A teenager with a pink cellphone case will ask for fuchsia note cards. It almost never fails.













I have come to the conclusion that we all live in a certain colorway. We decorate, write and dress in colors that make us feel happy or at least comfortable. Maybe this is a good thing, a vestige of the time when we held a favorite stuffed animal or had a lucky sweater.


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Meet Mirabelle

Mirabelle has landed at Blacker and Kooby by Vanessa, on the Upper East Side!


She is an adorable and spirited Boston terrier who has many adventures. Her best friend is Mr. Muller, and together they take walks and make everyday things seem extraordinary and magical. Her favorite toy is a red ball that she loves to chase after.

Mirabelle has big eyes and ears that stand at attention. She is easy to fall in love with, and you can give her a hug and squeeze since she is a child safe plush toy. As you snuggle with her and your favorite little person, you can read her child friendly board books…and if you happen to have a onesie wearing toddler, you have got some wardrobe choices!



Michael Muller, a talented artist and dear friend, created the Mirabelle line based on his relationship with his loving Boston Terrier. In his words, “Mirabelle is the symbol of believing in yourself. She knows the power of doing what you love and the adventure it can take you on.”


Come visit Mirabelle in our store and you can see for yourself!

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