Top Drawer London Stationery Likes
Top Drawer London is the first trade show of the year, a place to go and find lots of new goodies to stock in your high street shops and online stores. Held at London Olympia, it’s a great showcase for new products and new talents in the gift and design industries. It leads to aching feet, and sensory overload at the end of the day but it’s great fun. Here are a few companies that I liked…
Fox & Lark
A range of beautifully covered notebooks with 48 plain white pages just waiting to be filled with whimsy and daydreams. The notebooks come in a range of colours and there are three books in each set.
Website: Fox & Lark
When I walked passed Ruth Jackson’s stand she was busy sharpening pencils – looks like a fun job – in preparation for turning the sharpenings into greeting cards. They’re very cute and it’s quite a cool idea, a bit retro, a bit homemade and crafty, and something that will definitely make you smile.
Website: Ruth Jackson
We can’t resist a quality bit of writing paper here at Papernation, and Meticulous Ink, based in Bath, certainly comes up with the goods. They were a bit busy with their laptop when I passed their stand so I didn’t get a sense of what the company is all about, but it all looks lovely. They have a store in Bath, so you might want to drop in if you’re passing that way.
Website: Meticulous Ink
Mac and Ninny Paper Co
Designed and printed in the UK, Mac and Ninny seem to care how their products are produced, ensuring that even the printer has some good eco credentials. Their range of book plates are fantastic and jam labels divine. They even make a book kit – for wrapping a book to give as a gift – almost too nice to give away.
Website: Mac and Ninny
Hole in My Pocket
I’m not surprised to find that the owner of Hole in My Pocket is an architect. The stand at Top Drawer was beautifully put together with everything displayed just in the right place. I particularly love this nautical themed notebook, the perfect pressie for someone who really does loves life on the ocean waves.
Website: Hole in My Pocket
Ola Studio has created some very grown up notebooks with timeless patterned covers. I don’t think you could ever tire of looking at one of these if you were lucky enough to have one sitting on your desk. The design and manufacture allows the book to lay flat – just perfect in every way. I think these were my favourite things at the show!
Website: Ola Studio
If you’re interested in registering for information about Top Drawer, they have a useful site here