Stationery with luxe looks for less

National stationery week luxury for less

It’s National Stationery Week, apparently. Hey, any excuse to look at some gorgeous sundries from your favourite stationers, right?

There is something quite special about new pens, notebooks, memo pads, pencil cases and the like. It’s within most budgets, and it’s a great way of bringing in a splash of colour and some inspiration, which many of us find boosts our creativity.

There’s something available in every price range, but I’m especially interested in finding designer-style looks for less. That includes Ryman’s soft cover notebook range launched last year that look and feel a lot like Moleskine notebooks, and a whole load of new goodies.

This season, Paperchase has really impressed me. The two magnetic closure notebooks in the picture above on the left have embossed / debossed covers and a slightly lustrous, metallic finish. They’re part of a wider range with prices £5.25 – £10 that strongly reminds me of many pricier Paperblanks products, without directly pinching any of their designs.

The two-tone pen, £2.50, is from their Let’s Squawk collection. It’s a lot of fun with loads of tropical birds and leaf prints, with everything from passport covers to beach bags, and they even have a blogger’s journal that’s kind of tempting for the Summer.

The beautiful turquoise leather pen holder is by Laurige and they’re available from Pen Heaven in two sizes and a range of gorgeous colours, with prices from £10.96. It’s part of a quality handmade collection and not only does it look stylish, it also prevents valuable pens from becoming scratched and protects the inside of your favourite bag from biro marks and ink leaks without adding bulk like a standard pen or pencil case does. You can even have it embossed with your initials.

And last but not least, the aqua blue notebook is from the striking Agenzia collection with prices from £8. The covers are texturised and there are patterned expandable pockets inside the covers, as well as contrasting closures and page markers. They look and feel far more expensive than they actually are.

Are you treating yourself to any new stationery this week? 

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