paper shop find: londonPosted by in paper shop finds
Paperchase aside, there are not enough awesome stationery shops around London. I’ve stumbled across places selling beautiful paper goods from Berlin to Brighton, yet there seems to be a distinct lack of pretty paper in my city (which is good as far as my bank balance is concerned, I guess).
It’s something I’ve been thinking and talking about a fair bit recently. I even asked the London-based pretty paper guru herself, Shimelle, in April’s 10 Things post and her suggestions were Paperchase and Blade Rubber Stamps – both shops I’m already familiar with but not quite what I’m after.
Out of the blue, I got an email from the lovely Camilla who manages a stationery store in London called Prints, asking me if she could show me around sometime. The timing was perfect and having never heard of the shop before, I was super keen to find out if I’d finally found what I was after…
Location: 20/21 St. Christopher’s Place, London, W1U 1NW or http://www.prints-international.com/
What’s so great about this one? In their own words, Prints is “Swedish design meets Singapore excellence” and that’s pretty much the best way to introduce their range of stationery that the company’s two Scandinavian founders have established from their handmade manufacturing base in Asia.
The London store has been open for less than a year and once I arrived I immediately fell in love with their display of products organised by colour with rainbow accuracy. Their core range of stationery is a mix of albums, notebooks, folders and desktop storage in various shapes, sizes, fabric finishes and of course, colour. I was most interested in the albums, which are filled with acid-free paper in black or white pages. They’d be perfect for traditional scrapbookers craving a change of scenery or those just wanting to pull together a beautiful photo album with some nice finishing touches. They’re not cheap, but you get what you pay for and in this case that is seasonally designed and well made stationery that’s quite different to the norm.
They also stock quite a sizeable range of greeting cards and gift-wrap sized papers in their own designs as well as some other interesting gems (check out the mini photo frame below). As well as their own line, they also sell a range of craft punches, MT washi tapes and other dinky bits & pieces of which Japanese stationery shopping dreams are surely made of.
What I bought:
Of course I wanted to sample one of their albums, so I picked up a white-paged version with a neutral, floral-embossed fabric cover. Size-wise, it’s just a bit smaller than 7.5 x 5.5″. I haven’t decided exactly what to use it for yet, it’ll be great for scrapbooking with Instagram prints with lots of room for other details or even just some nice 7×5′s.
This pocket-sized photo frame folder was a last-minute impulse buy, but no regrets here! At just over 2.5 x 2″ in size, it has a glittery fabric-finished cover, which is usually not my kinda thing but in this case it’s subtle and sweet.
Predictably, I picked up another roll of washi tape (in grey stripe) as well as a fine point colour pen in the perfect shade and some sticker sheets.
The verdict: I’m really pleased I found this place and I’ll definitely be heading back next time I need a good quality album for a project (in fact their 12 x 12 post bound albums come in a pretty much perfect fabric cover to suit our wedding album for around £50). If Paperchase is the Topshop of the stationery world, then Prints is the sweet little clothing boutique you discover in the quieter lanes winding behind Oxford Street.——————– …disclosure: I was invited to visit Prints by the manager but all the products mentioned above where purchased by myself at full price & all opinions are my own.