Top five cool things to buy in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. This is the place to buy things that are difficult or impossible to find outside Japan, for example, Japanese makeup and skin care products, fountain pens, exquisite paper goods (notebooks and agendas), and elegant, practical bags. Here is my list of the top 5 categories of things to buy in […]

Life Noble Notes: notebooks for fountain pen writing

Tokyo is a great place to shop for notebooks, agendas (paper diaries), paper products and fountain pens. The Japanese make the best notebooks for fountain pen writing. They make smooth paper that shows no ink bleed-through. They also make the best ink (look for Iroshizuku inks). The selection of notebooks and agendas in Tokyo is […]

The Little Bookroom’s splendid travel books

Are you looking for exquisite art- and culture-related travel books that are out of the ordinary and contain secret addresses you’d never find in one of those mass-market guide books? Check out the Little Bookroom’s collection of wonderful books. Here’s a small sample: Among their other titles are The Brasseries of Paris, Markets of Paris, […]

Paperless Post: send elegant online invitations and holiday cards

Just in time for the holidays, here’s Paperless Post, an online stationer that allows you to design your own invitations and holiday cards, send them via email, track responses and more. Unlike invitation sites like Evite, Paperless Post does charge for sending cards via what they call Paperless Stamps. The cost is pretty minimal, starting […]

Rifle Paper Company’s whimsical holiday cards

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner. If you are looking for real holiday cards, the ones you actually have to write on and send via post, check out Rifle Paper Company. I like their collection because the cards are so different from what you would find at Hallmark or other mass greeting card […]

Felt and Wire: curated paper goods

I have a weakness for paper goods: blank notebooks bound in leather or cloth, quirky greeting cards, unusual notecards, and even old-fashioned school notebooks. I look for paper that feels good which means different things for different occasions. For example, if I am writing with a fountain pen in a blank notebook, I want the […]

Millimeter Milligram: stylish stationery, pens, notebooks from Seoul

I am obsessed by beautiful blank notebooks, note cards, pens and pencils. Millimeter/Milligram from Seoul, Korea is one of those online boutiques I wish I could order from (they don’t deliver except within Korea). You may want to contact them to see if they have a wholesale distributor in your city. Here in San Francisco, […]

Gmund: exquisite notebooks, cards and notes for the paper lover

After posting a short piece on a London paper goods shop (Present and Correct), I suddenly remembered the Gmund Papier und Druck shop I visited early this year in Munich. The Gmund store is located on the Prannerstrasse next to the Bayerischer Hof hotel. Gmund is a Bavarian paper making firm that dates back to […]