A few years ago, over a patio lunch at a restaurant in Toronto’s Yorkville district, Madame Cécile Bonnefond, the former president of Veuve Clicquot, made a lasting impression.
There is nothing stale about the historic headquarters of Faber-Castell, steps away from Nuremberg in the small town of Stein, Germany. Far from the sense that historic can imply, the stationery company’s birthplace is very much alive with its ongoing advancement of the pencil.
For some, the end of summer is ripe with nostalgia. The days fade earlier and the weather cools, conjuring up memories of school satchels and collections of freshly sharpened number two pencils. Now, thanks to London-based institute the School of Life, there’s reason to stock up on stationery well past grade school.
In the first few pages of Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, he describes his time at a Parisian café, noting his surroundings. The famed writer was an early adopter of Moleskine’s classic notebooks.
In Venice, I have never sipped a Bellini at Harry’s Bar or ridden a vaporetto to Murano to buy glassware. Instead, my focus has been more on searching for the marbled paper for which the city is known. Let’s just say that I’m a self-admitted stationery junkie.
Moleskine notebooks have long been a staple for artists and authors past and present; Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh were all devoted fans. Now, oenophiles have their own version: the Wine Passion Moleskine, specially tailored for wine lovers.