| Discoveries | Independent Stationers

Discovering the delights of lesser known small companies is something that I am passionate about. With so much competition on the market it is the bigger brands that often succeed in catching most of our attention. With this in mind I want to spend more of this year doing my little bit to shout out about those lesser known bits of brilliance out there and I cannot think of a better way to start than to talk about some stationery! Oh I love stationery - did you know that already?

They caught my eye with their sun-infused notebooks! Established in 2013 and based in Barcelona, Octaevo is a stationery company who in their own words;

"Travel the Mediterranean in search of stories and transform them into beautifully-crafted and thoughtful goods. Each of our pieces is made to be held close and built to last. Designed to inspire. Produced in harmony with nature using the highest quality materials. Infused with the warmth of
the Mediterranean sun. "

Oh I want those binder clips! Based in Taipei, Tools to LiveBy is a shop that houses quirky hard to find in Taiwan items together with quirky vintage stationery from design capitals across the globe. They also have their own brand of good inspired by no longer made old fashioned stationery that is all functional, splendidly packaged and rather beautiful too. 


"Meticulous Ink", a name bound to catch my attention! A traditional stationers and printers based in the historic city of Bath, they make the most beautiful looking notebooks and notepads. While it is their letterpress work that really calls to my heart, their striking hot foil printed notebooks look very handsome indeed!


When it comes to stationery goods, quality is something I really dislike scrimping on. The feel of a product in my hand, the weight, the texture, the way it fulfils its intended function and ages are things I consider daily as I use my stationery.  The ideas thought processes behind the design of each item means a lot to me. Things have to feel like they were made with more than just a profit margin in mind. I would like to think that all the above would be wonderful for me to own but I shall have to update you 

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  1. I really want those paper clips, haha. Like give them all to me and i will put them to good use. The boxes themselves are wonderful!! Great stuff my dear xx

  2. Wow these items are just absolutely beautiful. I love well designed stationary.

    Rae | love from berlin

  3. Oh my. You know my fondness for notebooks and the marble print on from Octeavo caught my eye instantly. I may have opened a new window to start shopping before even writing this comment...!

  4. I love stationeries as well but even with school and work I never really could fill all them up. So I try to stop hoarding as much as I can. I still have about 10 notebooks I haven't written on :)

  5. Those paperclips! <3
    And the notepad from Meticulous Ink looks gorgeous as well!
    Thanks for sharing your little findings, it's always nice to hear of smaller companies who are still very passionate about their products.

  6. I love how much thought you put into purchasing products and the craftsmanship/design/ethics behind things and the result? Owning beautiful products!

  7. this is lovely! I used to collect stationary as a student since it was more popular back then to send notes and letters by mail. I love looking for lesser known brands, so fun!

  8. Ahhhh these things are so pretty, they make my eyes happy.
    I am also very much into independent companies. I use an Amazon-like indie bookstore, and try to use Etsy as much as possible. I like to help the little people, not add to the wealth of the already huge big people.

  9. those Tools To Live By packaging? on point. these are all soo pretty. x

  10. Really like the look of Octaevo, but I bookmarked all of them! Thanks for sharing those gems, I believe in supporting small businesses too.

    Katrina Sophia

  11. This is lovely! I look forward to seeing more throughout the year. it's something I'm passionate about too, and so rewarding when I can share new things, but also work and become friends with them.

    Buckets & Spades

  12. My my you have done it again! Feeding my stationary appreciation. The Tools to Live by paper clips are just adorable and I get what you mean by having something that feels substantial to the touch and also functions rather than looking good alone. The Meticulous Ink notebooks are a dream! : )


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