When staying in touch with friends abroad, I prefer to send unique cards or to write letters because I think that seeing someone’s handwriting on paper is a lot more personal than receiving a text message or email (these days, even that sounds dated!).
Maybe I have high expectations because the Japanese are known for their obsession with stationery, but I always struggled to find things I liked in Parisian department stores. I always thought that the French were very fond of their stationery and this is clear from the impressive range of pens and notepads you can buy, but this usually comes with an equally impressive price tag.
The Lancryer is a short walk from the canal Saint-Martin, by Place Jacques Bonsergent, therefore not the most convenient place for me, but well worth going to when I need a birthday card, notepad or wrapping paper. A trip here is also a great excuse for me to grab a coffee from Craft (24, rue des Vinaigriers). This small shop stocks a selection of classic stationery – including of course, Japanese stationery – as well as items such as craft kits that could make good gifts.
The products and the window display change often, so for those after some correspondence with a personal touch, look no further…