To Papersmiths – a stationery store from Bristol making its London debut at Boxpark in Shoreditch. I’m currently sitting on three stationery hauls so despite my excitement at its opening, I held off visiting as long as I could. This lasted all of three days before my craving to see inside became unbearable.
Sights, smells and sounds
The vibe in-store was chill. The smell of fresh paint still lingered. As I walked through the doors world music played and the pink tiles offered a soothing backdrop. So much fun to see them in the flesh after watching them being put up on Insta. To the left, displays of cards, magazines and wrap. To the right, shelves of notebooks, pens and accessories. All the brands a discerning stationery addict would expect – Papier Tigre, Hibi, Blackwing. Fellow stationery addicts oohed and ahhed over the displays. But though there were a few of us in a relatively narrow space, it didn’t feel crowded.
I got a friendly welcome. Maybe it was my palpable excitement on crossing the threshold but I was immediately pegged for the stationery addict I am and a brief chat followed. Later at the till, we talked about how my selections complemented each other colour-wise; what a great location Box Park is; and how this is the first Papersmith’s store outside Bristol – fingers crossed there’ll be many more.
I was on my best behaviour, which translates as I spent less than £50. Full disclosure, this was mainly because I was on my lunch break and a little pushed for time. On another day, I could’ve easily spent double without trying too hard.
What I bought
The first thing I picked up was a copy of Positive News. I’ve been following these guys on Twitter for a while now and I just love the whole concept of a magazine dedicated to good news. Plus, their infographic game is on point!
Next, a yellow Artline 200 with a 0.4mm tip. I’ll use this to outline lettering or just annotate stuff more generally – it’s not often you see yellow pens so I’m super pleased with this. I defy anyone to visit Papersmiths and not pick up a bullet sharpener. I was no exception. And you can never have too many pencil sharpeners. Can you?
It was hard to choose a notebook and I was determined to be disciplined and limit myself to just one. I hovered in front of the display for sometime before finally picking a Write Sketch &. I love that it’s reversible and the black and white edging on each of the blank pages.
Next up, I picked up a Nahe Dritt pencil case – it smells divine: like water wings, or lilos. It instantly put me in mind of childhood holidays. There’s a handy pocket on the back and it provides the perfect coral colour pop. Finally, a Maruto pencil. The traditional styling spoke to my heart.
Why I’ll be going back to Papersmiths
I went to Papersmiths to support a new independent just a stone’s throw from where I work. I’ll be going back…
- Because the team is super friendly – they know a stationery addict when they see one and indulged my stalkerish behaviour on Twitter in the run up to open day
- For the Blackwing Colors pencils that I only just managed to resist
- To pick up copies of Positive News – the next issue will be out in July
- For refills for my pencil
- And finally, because I love the bags. The message is so true. And they’re biodegradable.
Have you been to Papersmiths’ London store yet? Do let me know what you think of it.