Stationery Shopping in San Francisco

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A city-by-city stationery shopping guide is the sample magazine feature you see to the right. This one features San Francisco where there is a wealth of stationery stores and pen companies. Future editions of Letters & Journals will feature such cities as New York, Paris, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Minneapolis and Denver.

This magazine feature is still being tweaked and Kathy Forss at DaisyMaeDesign is busy finding more stationery related photos to replace the more generic ones in this layout. Don’t you love it? When I first saw this design it took my breath away. I don’t think the scanned photo does justice to what should be a 2 page magazine layout (with more pages to follow).

Do you have a lot of stationery stores where you live? Where do you like to shop? What city would you like to see featured in the magazine?

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  1. annie/curbsidetreasure on October 17, 2009 at 5:38 am

    i'm from san francisco, born and raised 🙂

    i always love flax for their amazing decorative paper selection.
    kinokuniya is really cool too.

  2. PostMuse on October 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I visited a lovely stationery shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, called Papers! but they don't have a website. Albuquerque would be a great place to highlight stationery, though. There are lots of little shops in the university area (called Nob Hill) and in Old Town. And in Old Town there is a shop that sells just kaleidoscopes, art that somehow goes with letter writing, don't you think?

  3. Eileen Oh on October 18, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    This is a paper lover's dream come true! A whole spread devoted to paper and stationery stores sounds wonderful!

    It would be great to see Philadelphia featured in the magazine since I live here and am always looking for new stationery stores.

    But Paris also sounds like a great idea. I just went in June, and I had to do a lot of research into paper stores beforehand. I would have loved to have a list (with photos) beforehand.

    In Paris, we loved L'Ecriture (paper, envelopes, seals, pens, journals), L'Art du Papier (lots of blank stock, journals, cards, pens), Marie Papier (mostly blank stock), Gilbert Jeune (a bookstore with a decent blank stock selection), Melodies Graphiques (calligraphy pens and nibs, beautiful engraved cards), Le Bon Marche's basement (great paper from G. Lalo, Jean-Rouget, notebooks, pens), and one adorable stationery store on Rue L'Abbesses in Montmartre whose name escapes me.

  4. Jackie Flaherty on October 19, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for the great feedback, ladies! This is one of the magazine departments that I'm most excited about! And the list of Paris stationery stores is wonderful. Also, Albuquerque and Philadelphia were not on my radar at all, so I'm glad to get that feedback. Thank you!

  5. annie/curbsidetreasure on October 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    another local favorite for great stationery is a shop called Little Otsu. they sell a lot of eco friendly paper goods and they also publish their own planners, books and calendars.

    castle in the air which is in berkeley has lots of fancy stuff like wax seals, wrapping papers, ephemera, journals

  6. Jackie Flaherty on October 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks, Annie! These stores sound like treasures. I will add them to my list. I can't wait. I may be going to SF in January.

  7. annie/curbsidetreasure on October 25, 2009 at 3:56 am

    cool, i hope you can make it out to SF! definitely do not miss out on going to Flax when you are visiting.

  8. annie/curbsidetreasure on October 28, 2009 at 2:26 am

    oh and one more thing. if you are in SF Jan 9-10 the vintage paper fair is in town!

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