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Featured Retailer: Oblation Papers and Press

 

Housed in the Pearl Street district of Portland, Oregon is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop, bindery, custom invitation gallery and design studio, and a fine European paper boutique. One might think we are speaking of six different businesses, but in fact, it is all under one roof known as Oblation Papers & Press. Here, they also design and produce their own line of wholesale goods that are warehoused and shipped from this very same location.  (more…)

Mockingbird-Paperie

Featured Retailer: Mockingbird Paperie

Nestled in the college town of Ithaca, New York, Mockingbird Paperie is based on the premise of love. Not only named after the owners favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird, but begun from a love of paper and a love for her husband. Owner Suzanne Loesch says.” Hmmm, where to start…Well I guess the beginning is the best.  I have been a paper lover, crafter and artist for my entire life.  I got into paper when I fell in love and began writing to my husband.  There was a period where we were separated and we both spent most of our days writing to each other and it was then that I discovered the love and art of writing a letter. The content maybe a poem, an angry note, a testament to our love… Each envelope had to be a work of art.   Now when we open that giant trunk full of letters we are struck with its romance, but even more, what it really meant to sit down with a special pen and a few sheets of special paper and pour our hearts out to each other”.

That was the beginning, what brought us here today was a little store on the Commons “.  (more…)

Featured Retailer: VERTECCHI, Rome icon

The next time you find yourself in Bella Roma, make a point of having lunch or a caffé macchiato in the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps). Then head 3 blocks towards the Piazza del Popolo, and take a left on Via della Croce. There you will find, (not only a fabulous chocolate shop), but the most well stocked cartoleria (stationery shop) in Rome. For anyone who confesses a penchant for paper, a wonderful place to feed ones addiction is Vertecchi.

 

Over the last 60 years, Vertecchi has become a benchmark in the stationary industry, thanks to its impeccable assortment of products which are thoughtfully selected and displayed. Not only is it the place to go for every celebration, whether decorating for a party or looking for fabulous Christmas ornaments, but you will find sections for fine arts, technical, office supplies and a huge selection of exquisite pens, in its own sub-store. Rounding it all out are sections of gifts and leather goods, decorative packing, and all that is paper: writing, greeting and wrapping. It is a paper lover’s dream. If you are a tourist, pick up some of their own lovely blank books covered with pen and ink designs of all the historical sites of Rome, both in water color and black and white. They come in all sizes and make terrific gifts. This will definitely set you apart from the typical touristy souvenir giver when you get back home.

 

The business was founded by Sergio Vertecchi during the 1940s in an architecturally lovely storefront in Via della Croce, 38, right in the historical center of Rome near Piazza di Spagna. Within a few years, more space was added to adapt to an increasingly demanding clientele. One standard that was never compromised was the retail space itself. Period buildings dating back to the 15th century….with marble columns and vaulted ceilings were acquired every time another store was added. It was to be a space to reflect the distinguished products and clients.

In the beginning, sales were limited to supplies for nearby schools. Within a few years, brother Luciano, (today sole director of Vertecchi) had joined. The brand established itself in the Roman market as a leader in the stationery industry. Vertecchi was ahead of the curve, as they became fully computerized in the early 80s, to the benefit of customers who find the store fully stocked and if not, able to order anything quickly.

In 2008, it established itself on the international market via the internet.The ecommerce channel now covers more than 16,000 products for office supplies.

That year they also introduced innovative products for retail designs and store interiors, which operates out of the shop at Vicolo del Lupo, 10 (in the historical center and upscale shopping district). The Vertecchi team installs exterior and interior decorations of public spaces, shops, restaurants, hotels and homes.

Vertecchi continues to be the choice of architects, artists, students and professors of the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, as well as painters and designers, such as Gaetano Castelli, a famous Italian set designer and producer.

The business model, the growth of Vertecchi and quality of products was soon recognized by Italian Institutions. Luciano Vertecchi was elected as a Knight of Commerce in 2011.

 

They now have three stores in the city center of Rome (Via della Croce, 70 – Vicolo del Lupo, 10 – Via Belsiana, 96C) and another in the Flaminio area (Via Pietro da Cortona,18). The family business remains strong in the capable hands of Lucianno Vertecchi’s children: Giorgia, Sergio and Anna.

 

Their selection of Rossi1931 products is extensive. Anna says, “Our customers…both local and especially the tourists, love Rossi.” The shelves at the front of the store are full of notecards and journals and writing paper. “Anything Florentine has a great appeal, as a gift or for personal use.”

www.vertecchi.com

The Write Touch, the art of civilized communication.

The Write Touch is eager to share their love of paper. Their incredible shop in the San Marco section of Jacksonville, Florida, is a paper gourmet’s dream. The shelves are full of refined and whimsical boxed notes and offer an eclectic mix of stationery, custom invitations, leather goods, gifts and accessories. For more than thirty years, the store has been the consummate resource for the art of civilized communication.

In 2007, when customer, Carolyn Hawthorne learned the shop was for sale, she was instantly smitten.

After extensive renovations, Carolyn reopened the store with Tucker, her now fourteen-year-old Golden Retriever, by her side. In 2011, Golden puppy Nicholas joined the family. The boys have been featured in the majority of advertising campaigns for the shop and are dear friends of many customers.  You will find them lounging near the front door waiting for a friendly pat hello.

With career experience in journalism, specialty retail and fine art, Carolyn came to The Write Touch with an eye for quality and design. Carefully curating her collection of goods, she buys from artisans around the globe as well as pieces made in the USA.

Carolyn and her staff, including delightful and talented manager, Rebekah (who actually made a full size bridal gown in their front window from wedding invitations!) both love the quality and designs of Rossi. They offer custom printing and monogramming on any paper purchased in the store. Once the selection has been made and the desired information shared, they will promptly provide proofs featuring a variety of typestyle and ink options. 

The Write Touch, 904-398-2009

1967 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207 

www.thewritetouch.com

Celebrating the written word: Jules Besch, the charm of Wellfleet

It’s autumn in the US…..a time of apple cider and big orange pumpkins. Nowhere is there a lovelier place to be this time of year than Cape Cod. Warm dry days and sweater-cool nights. This is the place one dreams of when it’s Indian summer.

In Wellfleet, a small coastal town about halfway down “the Cape” and about 100 miles south of Boston, is Jules Besch Stationers. This is certainly not the ubiquitous stationery shop: The New York Times travel section says about Jules Besch, this wonderful shop “brings back the art of elegance and extreme good taste with an extraordinary collection of cards, fine stationery, journals, papers, and pens. Proprietor Michael Tuck’s warm and welcoming nature is as beautiful as his products. “

And that bring us to Michael……Michael owns, stocks, and runs this treasure, and has done so for the past 18 years. In this day of Twitter and recession, that is a miracle in itself. “The right people have found me,” he says to explain such longevity; quite the humble and kind man. Indeed they have, as the shop enjoys a dedicated customer base. This out-of-the-way shop, charmingly housed in a beautifully preserved Victorian,is graced by rich mahogany woodwork and high ceilings. Rarely does one find such a superb gallery stocked with beautiful writing paper, unique and classic cards, tasteful bookplates as well as inkwells and bookends from an era of elegance. Not to mention a gorgeous artistic display of writing journals….

 

Shops like this are more prevalent in Europe. ”I love the challenge of keeping up with European import choices,” he chortles. One such favorite is of course Rossi 1931. He stocks  a great deal of the products: Rolled wrap, notebooks, both soft and hard cover, writing paper, boxed notes, file folders and boxed classical Italian paper. “Rossi is just a lovely company,” he softly states. “The pricing is phenomenal, the gift wrap with the highlighted gilding is so remarkable, including the holiday paper. I love the fact that the boxed notes are in 12’s.” But his top seller in the line? “File folders. Oh my, I can’t keep them in stock. They fly out.”   

decorative file holders Rossi

He knows his products, has an impeccable sense of color and style, offers full calligraphy services and one would be hard pressed to think of any store that rivals the elegance of Jules Besch Stationer. “Oh this little slice of heaven is a writer’s delight.”