Saturday, September 29, 2012

The notepad of Thomas Mann

"Ich schreibe immer noch auf Prantl-Papier" (I am still writing on Prantl paper), writer and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann noted in his diary. And what is good enough for Mr Mann certainly will do for aspiring writers and stationery connoisseurs today. As one of the oldest stationery suppliers and fine printers still in existence, Prantl produces a range of house papers suitable for pen and ink. In honor of one of their most famous clients, they also introduced a series of pads and memo books Thomas Mann could have used. The "Thomas Mann Schreibblock", an A5-sized note pad contains 50 sheets of ivory white writing paper and makes a perfect filling for your private portfolio — or mine, since I am using it myself. Both the notepads and the memo books come in various colors. They are not listed in Prantl's webshop, but can be ordered by phone and sent worldwide.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

"O'zapft is!"

It's the end of september again, which in Munich and throughout Europe is traditionally linked with the beginning of the Oktoberfest. Just in case you are planning to go but lack an adequate set of clothes, here is a hint: As I have written before, traditional Bavarian outfitter Seisser & Cie. does a capsule collection for one of Munich's oldest department stores, Loden-Frey. Especially for the Oktoberfest, they produced a limited edition called "Wiesn-Joppe". It is beautifully handcrafted in Germany from old-stock hand-woven linen in a delicious melange of fawn, cream and chocolate tones. The inside is neatly finished and lined in a sturdy cotton drill — hand-printed, of course. Handmade buckhorn buttons and a collar in cotton reppe, woven to Seisser's specifications lend a unique, luxuious touch to this modern interpretation of a traditional garment. Get yours while you still can, stock is already low!

Friday, September 14, 2012


Very interesting correspondence cards, seen at Prantl in Munich. For those who are interested, these are available in packs of six at their webshop, too.