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My Favourite Things

Posted on 5th March 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

Pen2Paper magazine asked London Stationery Show founder, Chris Leonard-Morgan, to name his six favourite stationery items.  

This is his list…

1 Parker 51 fountain pen  img40
I don’t use it all the time but do whenever possible for handwritten letters and cards, and for signing important documents, letters and contracts.
My mother gave me the pen many years ago for passing a particular exam, and I have believed in the importance of handwritten communications ever since.  There are many wonderful, beautifully designed pens on the market today…it’s a real feel good product and must-have accessory for both men and women!




2 Smythson Panama notebook
My daughter is responsible for this particular indulgence which accompanies me everywhere, including meetings and exhibitions. It’s pocket sized and very flexible – like the Panama hat! – and of course very convenient to use.  It is home to many of my best ideas, as well as some of the more far fetched and insane!





3 Campo Marzio desk organiser  img34
I discovered Campo Marzio in London’s Piccadilly, and have been a fan ever since.  They are an Italian design-led company (aren’t all Italian companies?) with very smart stores around the world and sell beautiful multicoloured leather goods and writing instruments.  Funnily enough, this item was also given to me by my daughter in an attempt to help me organise if not my life, then at least my desk a bit better – it is still work in progress!




img424 Faber-Castell pencils
It is amazing how many people like writing with a pencil, and I am one of them.  I use a lot of Faber-Castell’s, and had the pleasure of meeting the late Count Anton von Faber-Castell and telling him so. I am also a fan of Caran d’Ache and their products…both are very fine, family run businesses.





5 M&M’s giant paperclips
The bigger the paperclip, the less likely you are to lose the papers! This one is proof positive of the power of branding and licensing, and its growing involvement in the stationery market. It puts FUN into the functional, and always makes me smile.

6 Samsung Galaxy S6
I couldn’t run my business without this wonderful product, which is a boon to many like me running a small business on the go and wanting to keep in touch with a far flung family, especially with photographs.

I don’t exactly lead the technology charge, but I am on a mission to prove that analogue and digital complement each other, and can comfortably
co-exist. Writing matters!

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tesa® stamps its mark on innovation at the London Stationery Show

Posted on 28th March 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

Building on the successes of last year, tesa is returning to this year’s London Stationery Show with a collection of new products that are set to excite buyers across the stationery sector.  These new items promote the company’s continued focus on innovation and value in delivering an expanded range of aesthetically pleasing, convenient and reliable solutions for effectively gluing, fixing and mounting applications.

New products to be showcased include:

tesa Glue Stamp imagetesa® Glue Stamp

tesa® Glue Stamp puts convenience and adhesive power in line with an innovative ‘stamping’ action that makes gluing activities fun. Combining environmentally friendly credentials with a precise, clean and less wasteful method of sticking materials together, it helps to lessen mistakes and the need for adjustments.

Tests undertaken before finalisation of the glue stamp’s unique design revealed that in comparison to glue rollers and glue sticks it can fix paper to paper at an average rate of 37% faster. Using less adhesive mass than these other items, tesa® Glue Stamp also lasts longer.

Its precise method of application supports spot gluing activities, providing a less wasteful and efficient way of securely sticking corners of photos, paper or notes in place. For example, only four stamps need to be applied to the corners of a single sheet to create a high strength bond between two pieces of paper.

It also makes a satisfying stamping sound and doesn’t require the use of pressure to achieve an excellent and fast result, making it ideal for even the youngest family member.

Housed in 100% recycled plastic, each disposable and solvent-free unit contains over 1,100 stamps, providing a long-lasting adhesive solution.

tesa® TACK range

Stationery Show imageThree new and versatile double-sided adhesives complete the tesa® TACK range. Offering a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to using drawing pins or magnets, each of these items offers a convenient and reliable way of mounting and fixing objects.

Accompanying the original tesa® TACK transparent Adhesive Pads, which has recently increased in pack size from 60 to 72 pads, are:

  • tesa® Universal White TACK: A high-strength, reusable adhesive. Accommodates different surfaces and used to hang, fix or hold a range of lightweight materials.
  • tesa® TACK Transparent Pads XL: Removable pads for the clean and invisible attachment of larger lightweight objects.
  • tesa® TACK Coloured Adhesive Pads: Available in different shapes – circles, rounded-corner rectangles and flowers – and two colours; cyan blue and magenta.

Both Tack XL and the Coloured Adhesive Pads can be removed without residue and re-used.

Retailers who visited the tesa stand in 2016 agreed that their innovative range not only delivers functionality but also allows consumers to personalise and brighten up their workspace.  Growing listings coupled with increasing sales reflect these views and confirm the strength and validity of tesa’s offering to today’s stationery marketplace.

To find out more about these products, visit the tesa team on stand M605.

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