The Write Stuff: 9 of the Best Stationery Shops Around the Globe

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The Write Stuff: 9 of the Best Stationery Shops Around the Globe
For those of us who email day and night yet still embrace the tradition of old-fashioned handwritten correspondence, an artful set of well-designed notecards or writing paper from a local stationer can make the classiest travel souvenir. As a bonus, paper products are light, portable, and a cinch to pack flat in your carry-on. Whether you’re looking for fine writing paper, quirky postcards, or a bespoke journal for your travel notes, these nine stationery shops from Austin to Australia stock some of the globe’s best writing supplies.
By Lynn Freehill-Maye
Courtesy of Pettinaroli
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    Pettinaroli, Milan
    Founded in 1881, this old-fashioned cartoleria in Milan prints stationery for the Italian aristocracy—along with savvy travelers who know to pop in. Pettinaroli makes its own parchment and offers Amalfi paper, made from white cotton pressed with flowers in the south of Italy.
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    Present & Correct, London
    A perfectionist’s dream, London’s Present & Correct presents Scandinavian-meets-Japanese paper goods, designed in Instagram-ready geometric arrangements. But we’d jet there for their vintage mailing and school supplies alone. Rolls of airmail stickers, folk art stamps, and cursive handwriting sticker strips are among the beauties that turn up each week in the shop’s rotating inventory.
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    Pulp Addiction, Hunter Valley, Australia
    Tucked in Australia’s Hunter Valley winelands is a stationery venue so luxe that Sydney residents have been known to make the 2.5-hour drive just to visit it (although we trust they pick up a bottle of vino en route, too). Among Pulp Addiction’s high-end offerings are the full range of Lamy pens from Germany and Duomo leather journals from Italy.
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    Kakimori, Tokyo
    Unsurprisingly for the origami-obsessed Japanese, sumptuous paper is the first attraction at Tokyo’s Kakimori shop. You can have your own bespoke journal made on site—just choose your favorite paper and cover. Then try a fountain pen and have a custom ink color blended for you next door at Kakimori’s sister store, the Ink Stand.
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    Greenwich Letterpress, Manhattan
    The painter-and-designer sisters behind this Manhattan boutique are third-generation stationers. They’re eco-conscious to boot—all their paper is recycled, inks are soy based, and work is produced using wind energy. But they don’t take themselves too seriously; for instance, decorative sprinkles are an obsession at Greenwich Letterpress, and you’ll find them on buttons.
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    Beijing Postcards, Beijing
    Back in the early aughts, two native Danes turned Beijing history buffs started to collect historic Chinese photographs from the 20th century. Now they produce striking black-and-white cards—with diverse scenes ranging from old Tiananmen Square to wrinkled men smoking pipes—as well as calendars, large-scale photos, and bags at Beijing Postcards, which also stocks an outstanding collection of vintage Chinese maps.
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    Kid Icarus, Toronto
    This indie letterpress shop in Toronto’s free-spirited, multicultural Kensington Market stocks frame-worthy, limited-run concert and destination posters, along with witty greeting cards. Crafty types can sign up for Kid Icarus workshops on the art of letterpress or linoleum block carving, too.
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    Lion in the Sun, Brooklyn
    Trust Brooklyn’s polished Park Slope neighborhood to carry the best-designed lines, like SoHo Paper and ACME pens, and a range of hyper-local artisanal goods, such as retro, fill-in-the-blank library cards from Knot & Bow. Lion in the Sun offers punchy graphic wrapping paper and edgy custom invitations, too.
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    Paper Place, Austin
    Dating to 1979, Austin’s Paper Place boutique stocks offbeat Texas greeting cards, magnets, office supplies, planners, and every other quirky paper good you didn’t know you needed. Bonus: the supply of divine-smelling gifts wrapped in Florentine floral paper from the exclusive Italian Santa Maria Novella fragrance line.
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