Shopplr » Paper Goods http://www.shopplr.com Fashion, beauty, style and shopping Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:32:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Top five cool things to buy in Tokyo, Japan http://www.shopplr.com/2013/10/top-five-cool-things-buy-tokyo-japan/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/10/top-five-cool-things-buy-tokyo-japan/#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:15:14 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1890 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 […]

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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 Tokyo.

(1) Hakuhodo brushes: These are the best makeup brushes in the world. There’s a large selection and if you go without planning, you will be overwhelmed. Figure out what kinds of makeup brushes you really need and do some research (Sweet Makeup Temptations is the best resource I’ve found for makeup brushes) before you go shopping.
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The Hakuhodo shop is a small one-room office in the Minami Aoyama district of Tokyo, close to trendy fashion stores. English-speaking personnel will help you select your brushes. Many are very expensive (made of goat and squirrel hair, for example) but are worth the price if you want makeup brushes that are out of this world. You can find the address and directions of Hakuhodo’s Tokyo store here.

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Hakuhodo Shop in Tokyo

(2) Paper products: Notebooks, agendas, calendars and all kinds of writing paper that fountain pen fanatics love are widely available in Tokyo. Some of the best brands are the Life Noble Notes notebooks, Midori (the MD Cotton and Traveler’s Notebooks are cult items), Kokuyo and Apica. You can find these notebooks and agendas at Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku, Tsutaya in Daikanyama, Kinokuniya stores and Ito-Ya in Ginza.

Here is a wonderful 2014 agenda I bought at Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku. It is made by a Japanese firm called Hightide and it is small enough to keep in a handbag. The paper quality is excellent for fountain pen writing. There are subway maps for Tokyo, Kyoto and other Japanese cities in the back of the agenda but they’re helpful only if you can read Japanese. It doesn’t matter — they look beautiful all the same.

For more, read our Tokyo Shopping Guide: Fountain Pens, Notebooks and Agendas.

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Hightide Japan calendar agenda diary
Japanese agenda calendar diary

(3) Japanese cosmetics by brands you can’t find outside Japan or Asia: Coffret d’Or by Kanebo makes cute makeup sets which are relatively inexpensive; Shiseido makes the Revital skin care line (which you can’t find outside Asia); Hada Labo Retinol serum and moisturizing milk can be found in many drugstores in Tokyo; Anessa sunscreen by Shiseido, also impossible to find outside Asia, is effective and waterproof. There are other Japanese brands like Kose, Ayura (famous for their Meditation Bath), KAO Sofina and Pola which I recommend.

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Hada Labo Retinol skin care line

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Sofina trial/travel kit

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Coffret d’Or makeup kit with eye shadows, blusher and lip gloss

(4) Fountain pens by Pilot/Namiki and Sailor, and fountain pen ink by Iroshizuku: If you love fountain pens, you’ve come to the right place. The Japanese make the most exquisite fountain pens in the world. Their craftmanship is unmatched by any other country and if you want to splurge on the most beautiful fountain pens, many of them collectors’ items that cost thousands of dollars, there are places in Tokyo that you should visit: the Shoshaikan Pen Boutique in Omotesando, Ito-Ya in Ginza, Tsutaya in Daikanyama, to name a few. Check out this list of Tokyo fountain pen stores. If you want to buy a fountain pen that is more affordable (under $300), you can find them in the same stores. Some of the affordable Japanese pens I recommend are the Pilot Namiki Falcon, Pilot Custom Heritage, Pilot Justus 95, Sailor 1911, and Sailor Professional Gear.

Fountain pen inks are also much cheaper in Japan if you like Iroshizuku and Sailor. For example, I bought a bottle of Iroshizuku Shin-Kai (blue-black) ink for 1575 yen (US$16). In the US, this ink retails for about US$28.

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Namiki maki-e fountain pen

(5) Porter Bags: Porter is the brand of bags (for men and women) made by Yoshida and Company. They are elegant, durable and practical. I love the “Luna” line of bags, which was launched this fall, in particular this rucksack which retails for 20,000 yen (US$200). They make other types of bags (e.g. luggage), as well as wallets and accessories. The best selection of Porter bags that I’ve seen in Tokyo is at Kura Chika, a boutique in the Tokyo Midtown shopping center (my favourite shopping mall in Tokyo), that sells Porter bags, wallets and accessories. You can also find a good selection of Porter bags at the Tokyu Hands department store in Shinjuku.

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Luna rucksack by Porter

 

UPDATE October 2014: Make sure you read my 20 October 2014 post about cosmetics shopping in Japan with a focus on Lunasol makeup products as well as tips on shopping for makeup and skincare in Japan. Note that as of 1 October 2014, tourists can obtain a tax refund for cosmetics, food and beverage items in Japanese stores (usually you have to spend at a minimum 10,000 yen per day in the store).

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Life Noble Notes: notebooks for fountain pen writing http://www.shopplr.com/2013/10/life-noble-notes-good-notebooks-fountain-pen-writing/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/10/life-noble-notes-good-notebooks-fountain-pen-writing/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:11:07 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1881 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 […]

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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 vast and you will spend hours trawling through the aisles of Tokyo’s best bookstores (e.g. Tsutaya and Kinokuniya) or department stores like Tokyu Hands, inspecting notebooks and other paper products. I have written a short post on where to shop in Tokyo for paper products and fountain pens.

Last week, I purchased a Life Noble Notes ruled notebook (100 sheets, A5) for 945 Yen (about US$10) and a matching leather cover (2200 Yen, about US$22) from the Tsutaya bookstore in the Daikanyama district of Tokyo. Here are photos of the notebook and its cover. The leather cover has a pen holder on the right side edge and three inside slots on the left side for business cards. It also has a bookmark.

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I was torn between this Life notebook and the Midori MD Notebooks, another highly regarded Japanese brand of quality notebooks. I would have purchased both if only I had more space in my suitcase! Midori is best known for the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, which seems to have a cult of worshippers worldwide.

Other excellent Japanese notebook brands are Apica, Kokuyo, and Maruman. You can purchase some of these notebooks in the US from the American branches of Kinokuniya or online from Maido and Goulet Pens.

For writing on my notebooks, I use a Namiki Falcon fountain pen with a soft fine nib. Namiki is made by Pilot in Japan. For inks, I use Sailor (another Japanese brand of fountain pens and inks) and Iroshizuku. The Goulet Pen Company carries Namiki fountain pens and Iroshizuku inks.

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The Little Bookroom’s splendid travel books http://www.shopplr.com/2010/11/the-little-bookroom-splendid-travel-books/ http://www.shopplr.com/2010/11/the-little-bookroom-splendid-travel-books/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 01:26:49 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1123 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, […]

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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, The Piero della Francesca Trail, and more. These books make great presents for people who love to travel.

http://littlebookroom.com

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Paperless Post: send elegant online invitations and holiday cards http://www.shopplr.com/2009/12/paperless-post-elegant-online-invitations-holiday-cards/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/12/paperless-post-elegant-online-invitations-holiday-cards/#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2009 01:55:39 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=899 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 […]

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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 at $5 for $40 stamps. I got the first 25 stamps for free.

You ask, “why pay for this when Evite is free?” Well, because Paperless Post looks better. It is more stylish and classy. Go to: www.paperlesspost.com.

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Rifle Paper Company’s whimsical holiday cards http://www.shopplr.com/2009/11/rifle-paper-company-whimsical-holiday-cards/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/11/rifle-paper-company-whimsical-holiday-cards/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:15:21 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=886 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 […]

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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 retailers. Rifle Paper also carries stationery, invitations, wrapping paper, prints, recipe cards and more. You can buy gifts AND greeting cards all in one location.

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Felt and Wire: curated paper goods http://www.shopplr.com/2009/11/felt-and-wire-curated-paper-goods/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/11/felt-and-wire-curated-paper-goods/#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2009 21:21:28 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=860 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 […]

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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 paper to be smooth so that my pen does not skip or accumulate fibers.

If I am sending a greeting card or a note card, I want the paper to feel substantial, heavy, and to have texture like tiny grooves. Ideally there should be a good paper store in every city which sells notebooks, paper for writing and printing cards and stationery, and envelopes so you can go in and feel the paper. Since this is not going to happen anytime soon, our best option is the online paper goods store.

I found one called Felt & Wire Shop. They sell beautiful note cards, greeting cards, blank notebooks, invitations, posters, gift wrapping paper, memo pads and more, from different designers.

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Felt & Wire also has a blog, which I read regularly: http://www.feltandwire.com/.

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Millimeter Milligram: stylish stationery, pens, notebooks from Seoul http://www.shopplr.com/2009/06/millimeter-milligram-stationery/ http://www.shopplr.com/2009/06/millimeter-milligram-stationery/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2009 17:15:18 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=275 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, […]

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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, you can find similar items carried by the Kinokuniya store in Japantown and in Maido at the Westfield Mall in downtown San Francisco.

UPDATE: If you are in Korea, visit their store at 683-142 Hannam-dong, Youngsan-gu, Seoul, open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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Gmund: exquisite notebooks, cards and notes for the paper lover http://www.shopplr.com/2008/12/gmund-munich-paper-goods-shop/ http://www.shopplr.com/2008/12/gmund-munich-paper-goods-shop/#respond Tue, 30 Dec 2008 04:00:29 +0000 http://shopplr.com/?p=137 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 […]

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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 1829. It is named after Gmund am Tegernsee, the town where the firm was born. They make paper for invitations, cards, letters, envelopes and blank notebooks. When you visit the store, you can feel the varieties of paper — the luxurious textures and colors that make their paper an absolute joy to write on.

It’s very unfashionable in my industry (tech) to write on paper using a fountain pen, which I still do, out of habit. When I was at school (run by Belgian nuns), we had to write with fountain pens. The thing I realized over the years is that unless the paper I’m writing on high quality paper, the ink does not dry immediately and all of my words end up in a bleeding mess. If the paper is too thin, the ink ends up on the back page. If it’s too fibrous, little bits clog up the fountain pen. I know, very eccentric. Maybe that’s why I love paper goods: little note cards, blank notebooks, envelopes and letter pages.

I am amazed at how popular Moleskine notebooks have become. I have used them over the years but I find the paper to be of inferior quality to that used by Gmund and other notebook makers such as Richard Painter, another German brand. It’s not just the paper, but the binding and the cover of the notebook itself. Gmund is superior to anything I’ve every had.

I am certain that my tech friends are laughing right now, making fun of my fetish for dead tree products, but for me, there is something meditative about writing on paper, especially on beautiful blank notebooks. I write about anything: my ideas for new web applications, short stories, poetry. It seems to me that something so creative deserves an aesthetic home and the act of writing itself becomes fulfilling. It’s part of the “slow” movement, like Slow Food, where people take the time to enjoy the everyday things in life.

If you are ever in Munich, visit the Gmund shop for all your paper needs, and stop by a good pen store, too. For fountain pens, I use a Pelikan Souveraen M800. For ball pens, I find the quality and elegance of Faber-Castell ball pens to be unbeatable (as are their fountain pens).

Gmund
Prannerstrasse 5
80333 Munich
Germany
+49 89 2102 0984
www.gmund.com

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Stationery store for vintage and quirky notebooks and cards http://www.shopplr.com/2008/12/stationery-store-for-paper-goods/ http://www.shopplr.com/2008/12/stationery-store-for-paper-goods/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:06:40 +0000 http://shopplr.com/?p=84 I love stationery: blank and lined notebooks, note cards, letter sets, calendars, agendas, pencils. Present and Correct is an online store in London started by graphic designers who love quiry design. They source many of their products from Japan, South Korea and Germany. Here are my favorites. Present and Correct 42 Melbourne Grove London, SE22 […]

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I love stationery: blank and lined notebooks, note cards, letter sets, calendars, agendas, pencils. Present and Correct is an online store in London started by graphic designers who love quiry design. They source many of their products from Japan, South Korea and Germany. Here are my favorites.

Present and Correct
42 Melbourne Grove
London, SE22 8QZ
United Kingdom
Call: +44 (0)20 8299 5823

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Blurb Books make unique, memorable holiday gifts http://www.shopplr.com/2008/12/blurb-books-make-unique-memorable-holiday-gifts/ http://www.shopplr.com/2008/12/blurb-books-make-unique-memorable-holiday-gifts/#respond Fri, 05 Dec 2008 02:03:19 +0000 http://shopplr.com/?p=54 Looking for a truly special gift? Why not give someone a Blurb Book? Better yet, you can make your own beautiful personal book on Blurb and give it to someone for Christmas. Go to the Blurb website, download the Blurb software, create your book and have Blurb ship it. You can also sell your book […]

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Looking for a truly special gift? Why not give someone a Blurb Book? Better yet, you can make your own beautiful personal book on Blurb and give it to someone for Christmas. Go to the Blurb website, download the Blurb software, create your book and have Blurb ship it. You can also sell your book on Blurb. It’s great for photographers who want to showcase their work. If you prefer to buy someone else’s Blurb book, the site makes it easy for you to preview books and select the ones you want to send.

www.blurb.com

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