As a teenager, I lusted after Snoopy letterhead. The best birthday present I could possibly receive would be a box of it, with a cellophane lid, and matching Snoopy-kennel envelopes.
When I grew up and got sophisticated (kind of – I still adore Snoopy), I lived in Venice for a while and discovered Italian stationers, with their leather-bound notebooks, flame-like Bargello designs and rough-cut edges. I couldn’t afford them as a student, but I adored them. I would happily travel to the part of town that mostly sold them and spend an afternoon just admiring the various designs.
Do you have a preferred size/format of notebook? Maybe you have more than one.
I hate to be boring, but standard A5 Moleskines are just so useful. The size, the page thickness, the impermeability of the paper, which means that my Papermate Flair Medium felt tips don’t go through. Also the genius addition of the elastic band that holds the whole thing together in my handbag. My last Moleskin was sunshine yellow, in honour of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun. But usually, they’re black.
There’s a picture of them here, behind one of the many hearts my husband has made for me over the years. He’s
a stationery addict too …
Which stationery brands are you most loyal to?
For writing, Papermate. My husband gave me ten black Flairs for Christmas once, because I’m always losing my pens. Like, ridiculously always. I buy them regularly now. For signing, it used to be Sharpies but they do tend to bleed through the page, so now I tend to use coloured Papermates for that too. For bits and pieces, including their fabulous Perspex boxes, Muji. For elaborate thank you cards, Lacroix. A writer friend kindly gave me a Lacroix notebook at my launch party for Love Song, and I’m using it with great plesure now that the yellow Moleskine one is full. And like you, for business cards it’s Moo. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years. I love the ease of use, the quality of the cards, the fact they make me look a lot more artistic than I really am, and their jokey communications. I miss the days of sending out launch invitations by postcard, because I used to enjoy designing them on Moo. Now it’s all email and Facebook. Much more quick and efficient, but much less fun.