First staff meeting post-Labor day, 10am. You're sitting at the conference table, envying your coworkers' hard won tans. But you have a summer souvenir that won't disappear come Halloween. You have a smooth writing Kaweco pen you picked up in Berlin (it even makes your chicken scratches look gorgeous).
Us Journy-ists are suckers for stationery and can't resist stashing at least a notebook or two in our suitcase no matter where we go. Plus, shopping for stationery offers a mini-lesson in local design. From sleek minimalist shops in Berlin to crammed everything emporiums in Tokyo, we took a global trip around the world to craft our perfect back-to-reality September shopping list.
Kaweco Pen From RSVP In Berlin
Head to this elegant, minimal stationery shop in Berlin's trendy Mitte neighborhood and lose yourself amidst aisles of well-curated choice. While it’s tempting to buy piles of slick Japanese notebooks or brightly patterned tapes, our favorite product on the shelves is local: the hefty-but-elegant Kaweco Pen. The company was founded in 1883 in Heidelberg Germany and became famous for their non-runny fountain pens. Today they produce everything from their classic black cased fountain pens to ballpoint pens in a range of rainbow hues.
Address: Mulackstraße 14 + 26, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 31956410
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
Play Obje Pencil Case From Alpha Mall In Seoul
Don't let the rows of cute cartoon stickers fool you, Seoul's Alpha Mall offers some serious stationery for office supply fanatics. Our top pick is this elegant pencil case with a snap closure from Play Obje. Unlike a regular pencil case that jostles all your tools together, this sleek sheath keeps your precious tools safe and secure. Bonus: unsheathing this beauty at the office will make you feel seriously cool.
Address: 6-2 Namdaemun-ro, Namdaemunno 4(sa)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-752-0096
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 7pm
Adhesive Notes From Kikki K. In Melbourne
This pastel-hued shop might be an Instagrammer's dream, but the stationery collection works well. Apart from the customizable planners and goal-tracking notebooks, you'll also find a range of desk accessories like the cuter-than-cute adhesive notes that make remembering things actually fun. The shop is the brainchild of Kikki K, who moved from Melbourne from Sweden and retains the Scandi-cool aesthetic but with a dose of Aussie sass.
Address: Multiple locations around Melbourne. Flagship at - Shop G12 Ground Level, Melbourne Central, 211 Latrobe Street, Victoria, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9662 1600
Hours: Saturday - Wednesday 10am - 7pm, Thursday - Friday 10am - 9pm
Weekly Planner From Papier Tigre In Paris
That the French do beautiful, high-quality stationery well should surprise absolutely no one, but this clean, modern shop on the edge of the Marais does it better than most. From geometric printed hand fans to modern greeting cards you won't feel embarrassed about sending, there's plenty you'll want to stash in your suitcase. Perhaps the most useful, however, is their weekly "enigma" planner. This blocky schedule lets you mark down your different goals for the week, while teaching you the days of the week in French at the same time. The fun border might even might even make you look forward to your appointments.
Address: 5 rue des Filles du Calvaire 75003 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 48 04 00 21
Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 7:30pm, Saturday 11am - 8pm
Classic Silver Scissors From Choosing & Keeping In London
This sleek, retro pair of scissors not only looks good on your desk, but makes cutting up old papers an absolute delight. The pair was designed by the stationery experts at the small but well-stocked Choosing & Keeping in London, located just off Columbia Road’s famed flower market.
Address: 128 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
Phone: +44 20 7613 3842
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am - 7pm, Sunday 9am - 5pm
Blackwing Palomino Pencils From McNally Jackson Goods For The Study In New York City
Palomino pencil users are serious devotees. Especially their Blackwing quick-writing, low pressure pencil, which was once a must-have for every steno note-taking secretary. Nowadays the pencils are harder to come by, but no less loved. At McNally Jackson's bijou-sized Nolita stationery shop (separate from their nearby independent bookstore), you can buy Blackwing pencils by the boxes, or by the piece if you're not yet a convert.
Address: 234 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: +1 (212) 219-2789
Hours: Daily 12pm - 8pm
Mark's Tokyo Storage.It Notebook From Tokyu Hands In Tokyo
We'd hoard Mark's notebooks for the easy-writing pages alone, but the serious dose of storage these notebooks offer makes them a must-have for any serious writer, note taker or scribbler. While Tokyo has no shortage of awe-inspiring and well-stocked stationery stores, a visit to local institution Tokyu Hands is a must. The store sells much more than notebooks—you can also pick up some plywood, a toothbrush and a bear-shaped spice grinder while you're there.
Address: Japan, 〒150-0002 Tokyo, 渋谷区Udagawacho, 12 - 18
Phone: +81 3-5489-5111
Hours: Daily 10am - 9pm
Smemoranda Planner From Feltrinelli Milano Stazione Centrale
These chunky hardbound planners are a must-have for Italian school children who use their copious graph lined pages to do everything from record assignments to day dream. While you can pick them up at bookstores and stationers throughout the Bel Paese, our pick is the three-story Feltrinelli bookstore in Milan’s imposing Stazione Centrale. The well-equipped bookstore has everything a traveler could possibly need to stay stimulated while on the road—we love the elegant colored pens and a chunky highlighters for on-the-go note taking.
Address: Stazione Milano Centrale, Piazza Duca d'Aosta, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Phone: +39 02 667 9031
Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 10pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am - 9pm
Janne Business Card Holder From Ordning & Reda In Stockholm
Ordning & Reda has a variety of stores around the Nordic countries, but head to their flagship store in Stockholm for the full experience. The company was founded in the 1980s and still exudes a fresh, fun aesthetic connected with the decade's excess. Pick up a classic business card holder in a fun color, which is certain to be a conversation starter when you unsheathe it at your next networking event.
Address: Götgatan 32, 118 26 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 714 96 01
Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 7pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm - 4pm