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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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2017 Stationery Awards Winners Announced

Posted on 28th April 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

A panel of five leading industry buyers reviewed over 400 new products, nearly 100 more than 2016, at this year’s London Stationery Show.

The results were announced at the end of the show at a drinks reception attended by exhibitors and buyers.  The winning and commended products were:

Category: Art & Crafts (New category this year)Stationery Awards 2017 winner

Winner:  Splash of Colour Water Colour Pencils from Abrams & Chronicle 
Commended: The Book of Mindlessness from Two Little Boys
Commended:  Colouring in Tablecloth from Eggnogg & Stone Marketing

Category:  Novelty

Winner:  Story Box by Laurence King from Thames & Hudson (Poppy Edmunds & Mark Garland)
Commended: Alice Scott Stationery Set by Portico Designs
Commended: Avocado Eraser & Sharpener from NPW
Commended: Nail Polish Highlighters by Keycraft
Commended:  Pencil Pouch from Zipit Europe

Category: Licensing

Winner: Matt Sewell Birds Garden Organiser from Go Stationery 
Commended: Matthew Williamson Grande Journal from Museums & Galleries
Commended: Tesla Amazing Magnetic Notes from Tesla Amazing

Category: Gift Packaging

Winner:  Pink Elephant Wrap from Chase & Wonder
Commended:  Reversible Wrap – Birds from My Pretty Circus
Commended:  Herbarium Book of Wrap by Thames & Hudson

Category: Diaries & OrganisersStationery Awards 2017 commended

Winner:  Life Book by Boxclever Press 
Commended: Money, Money, Money Receipt Calendar from Abrams & Chronicle
Commended: Mums Pregnancy & Baby Book from Mums Office

Category: Everyday Writing

Winner:  CalliCreative Duo Tips from Manuscript Pen Company 
Commended: Schneider Line Up Fineliners 32 Pens by Stone Marketing
Commended:  Pen & Case by Busy B
Commended: 12 ABT Dual Brush Tip by Tombow from Stone Marketing

Category:  Writing Instruments over £25

Winner: Troika Construction Pen from Lime Stationery & Art 
Commended: Y Studio Desk & Portable Fountain Pen from Notable Designs
Commended: Hand lettering Set from Manuscript Pen Company

Category:  Filing

Winner:  Darling Clementine A4 Folder from All Home Everything 
Commended: Darling Clementine set of 3 boxes from All Home Everything
Commended: Rainbow Suspension Files from Snopake

Category: Social Stationery

Winner: In Bloom Postcard Book from Laura Stoddart 
Commended: Musical Chair Notecards from Laura Stoddart
Commended: V&A Fold & Post by Quadrille

Category:  Desk Accessories

Winner: Aljava Pen Holder from GBA 
Commended: Cactus Desk Organiser from Mustard
Commended: Mini Stapler from Romeo Maestri
Commended: Brainstorm LED Timer from Lime Stationery & Art

Category: Notebooks & Journals

Winner: One Year Wiser from Abrams & Chronicle 
Commended: Marbled A5 Notebook from Go Stationery
Commended: Dog Days Sketchbook from Thames & Hudson

And finally, the Judges’ Choice Award this year was given to two companies.  The judges chose Abrams & Chronicle for successfully raising the profile of its stationery offer, and Laura Stoddart for offering something fresh and new to the market. The Judges’ Choice Award is at the discretion of the judges and can be awarded to companies or products.


Natasha Harjani and Naomi Peel from Abrams & Chronicle, celebrate their Judges’ Choice win with Laura Stoddart.

Judges’ panel chairman Henri Davis said, “It is great to see companies and brands being recognised at these awards, and the number of entries steadily climbing year on year.  The time is takes to enter, and the effort of providing samples, is far outweighed by the benefit of getting your product in front of a fantastic line up of buyers and seeing your product on the New Product Display at the show!”

The 2017 judges are Lindsey Kleinlercher, product director at award-winning gift and stationery chain, Between the Lines; Mary Wright, co-founder at Spotlight Stationery, the subscription service which specialises in premium brands and artisan stationery not commonly found on the high street; Sarah Turner, trading controller at leading UK stationery retailer WHSmith; Judy Bendall, head of retail at Blenheim Palace and Charlotte McCarthy, buyers assistant for greetings cards, gift wrap and seasonal events at John Lewis, who was also a judge last year.

The Stationery Awards are open to all exhibitors at the London Stationery Show, which ran at the Business Design Centre, in Islington on Tuesday, 25 and Wednesday, 26 April.

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Posted on 26th June 2017 by Vanessa Fortnam

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