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French Stationery: The Essential Parisian Adventure Companion

by Tristan Treeby

Among the stationery stores in Paris is La Compagnie du Craft, which does handmade leather notebooks like this brown one.

La Compagnie du Kraft

You might very well be reading this post on your iPhone, iPad, or some other portable piece of technology. Sure, that’s the world we live in, where we can receive and record information with the touch of a screen. However, if you are anything like me, perhaps you still occasionally relish in the tactility of textured paper, bound in covers of something equally as practical as it is creative.

As I wander Paris, it is inevitable that I will spot a new pâtisserie, café, or store that I would like to return to another time (probably because I have already had my fill of treats for the day). Good thing I usually have a notebook or sketchbook in my backpack, ready to quickly note the name and location, alongside random sketches and other scribbles, so that I can come back and gorge in the near future.

Stationery stores in Paris like Papier Tigre, which is one of our favorites for their coloful patterns like on this giant tube being held by a young man in jeans and a white t-shirt.

Papier Tigre

A travel essential, a beautiful notebook also helps to guard all those little souvenirs you accumulate along the way: business cards, gallery tickets, polaroids etc., so that you can later recall all the details of your séjour à Paris. When you first arrive, I would recommend visiting one (or all) of the following three stationery stores to pick up the bits you need in order to get you on the way to creating your little Parisian histoire.

Papier Tigre

For the graphic enthusiast.

Stationery products that will transport you back to your childhood: notebooks, sketchpads, lead and coloured pencils, and pens all emblazoned with bold and colourful prints will certainly bring a grin to your face, all whilst keeping you organised and helping you to document your adventures.

Stationery stores in Paris like Papier Tigre, does fun colorful geometric patterns on notebooks and boxes.
Papier Tigre

Home deco products will also help add a playful touch to your home. Hang graphic, Paris-inspired prints on your wall, side-by-side with 3D abstract artworks, all constructed, of course, from paper. Prolong the scents of Paris’ gardens and parks (Tuileries, Buttes Chaumont, and Luxembourg to name a few) with help from a range of candles and fragrances.

However, perhaps the most exciting new addition to the Papier Tigre range, is a series of vibrant wallpapers sporting the brand’s recognizable patterns in a variety of different colors.
Stationery stores in Paris like Papier Tigre, which does contemporary wrapping paper (left) and framed artworks (right).

Papier Tigre

All of Papier Tigre’s products are crafted in their light-filled showroom, which can be found in the creative hub of the Haut Marais. Pop in to the store to pick up some goodies and maybe some gifts for friends, which you can accompany with Papier Tigre wrapping paper and gift cards.

Time your visit well and you may also be lucky enough to snag a scrumptious, equally colourful treat from Paris’ touring donut bike, Doughmade. The next popup at Papier Tigre is rumored to be happening this weekend!

Stationery stores in Paris sometimes do pop-ups like at Doughmade donut shop. A staff member in an apron leaning on a yellow donut tricycle (left). A tray of colorful donuts (right).

Papier Tigre, Doughmade

La Compagnie du Kraft

For the vintage lover.

Timeless objects for the more classic note-taker; think traditional paper merchant meets lumberjack, meets tannery.

Stationery stores in Paris like La Compagnie du Kraft, does rustic-looking handmade leather-bound notebooks like these ones laid out neatly on a wooden work bench.

La Compagnie du Kraft

General card-bound notebooks are available here, however the material of choice is natural French leather. Hides dyed in varying tones of burgundy and red, browns, and deep blues enclose sheets of lined, or unlined, vellum with generously tactile fibers. Of course a standard “A-size” notebook would be a welcome addition to your bag, or you could take a courageous leap and replace your technological best friend with a notebook measuring exactly the same size as an iPad or iPhone. No charger or breaking risk involved!

For the artists and designers amongst you, La Compagnie du Kraft also offers a range of beautiful craft paper reams. Produced in Gascony from 100% pure virgin fibres, machine-glazed on one side and matte on the other, these sheets can be used for a wide range of printed and hand-written projects.

Stationery stores in Paris like the Compagnie du Kraft which we love for their leather-bound handmade customizable notebooks.

La Compagnie du Kraft

La Compagnie du Kraft is currently in the process of jumping from rive gauche to rive droite (opening very soon), however fear not, in the meantime their products can be found in a corner of graphic artists heaven called Lavrut, a papeterie and graphic art specialist store with a long history in Paris.

Papier+

For the minimalist.

Launched in 1976, Papier+ has used a long tradition of artisanal French techniques to create their simplistic product range, and not much has changed since then.

Stationery stores in Paris like Papier+ which does minimalist notebooks, like its blue exterior.

Papier+

The notebooks of differing sizes are softly covered in traditional cloth, house unlined, acid-free paper, and are bound using original book-making methods. Once you have begun to fill up your notebooks with ideas and sketches, a matching range of photo albums and archive boxes will help you to organize all of your Parisian memories in the most beautiful way.

All of these products are available in a never-ending range of monotone colors. Immerse yourself in Papier+’s cozy bibliothèque-style store, located on a quiet street across from Pont Louis-Philippe, where the products are stacked ceiling high and meticulously arranged by color.

Papier Tigre – 5 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003. Métro: Filles du Calvaire. Tel: +33 (0)1 48 04 00 21

La Compagnie du Kraft – Ets LAVRUT; Espace La Compagnie du Kraft, 52 passage Choiseul, 75002. Métro: Quatre Septembre. Tel: +33 (0)1 46 34 38 48

Papier+ – 9 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004. Métro: Pont Marie. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 77 70 49

Related Links

  • Keep all your bits and pieces together, inside one of Archipel’s beautiful leather bags. We recently discovered the Parisian brand’s launch range here.
  • The Doughmade donut bike is a recent startup by Alex Roberts, a New York pastry chef now living in Paris. He shared his story with us earlier this year.
  • Find out more about Paris’ unique graphic design scene with this piece from It’s Nice That.

Written by Tristan Treeby for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Tristan Treeby

Originally from Perth, Australia, Tristan is currently fulfilling his long-held dream of living in Paris. With a background in graphic and interior design, he is enjoying living as a local and unearthing interesting designers, events, and hangouts. View Tristan Treeby's Website

One comment on “French Stationery: The Essential Parisian Adventure Companion

These sound wonderful! I have recently begun keeping a travel journal, and find the whole experience quite cathartic. Maybe next time I’m in Paris I’ll up my game from my Target spiral to something more substantial. Thanks for this post!

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