And what a revelation! Couldn't have written the answers to these questions better ourselves... and that's saying something because no one is more obsessed about the history, the techniques, the trends and the general state of monogramming than we are. But have a look at what the AI scribe came up with...
First, we asked ChatGPT why you would get something monogrammed.
That's a rather comprehensive and informative answer. The ChatGPT interface asks you to give feedback, via a thumbs up or down (in the top right corner) and then a pop-up box appears that asks for more detail. Feedback presumably helps refine the answers if they aren't fully fledged or correct. But we couldn't think of anything material to correct or add. So far so good.
Second, I asked about the most popular items that are monogrammed.
Obviously, since we here at Initially London firmly believe that there isn't a single thing that couldn't be improved with a monogram, we wouldn't expect ChatGPT's list to be as long as our own. But this is a very thoughtful, curated and impressive collection of ideas. We gave this answer a thumbs up.
For our third question, we asked where you can get monogrammed goods in London.
Next we asked about Initially London...
Finally, we asked the question that we're often asked ourselves...
ChatGPT doesn't stir up any national rivalries and tactfully described the cultural differences that may have given rise to the enthusiastic embrace of monogramming in the US.
Film stars like Clark Gable and Greta Garbo took roles that were dressed in the style of European aristocrats, and their monogrammed bedding, dressing gowns and smoking jackets fuelled a passion for monogramming in America. All while post-war sobriety in the UK in the 1930s and 40s contributed to the near total elimination of the Victorian obsession with monogramming.
So we can't really decide whether this answer deserves a thumbs up or down, we'll just withhold the feedback.
To read more about ChatGPT, there's plenty of information on the internet. But we found this Forbes article quite interesting for a start.