Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cavallini Mini Flora & Fauna Journals

Cavallini & Co. is one of the premier gift and stationery companies in the US, founded in 1989 and based in California. The notebooks and calendars (and other items) use old images to create modern stationery that just seems like it came from someone's attic or a time capsule. One of my favorite notebooks is this, a popular slogan these days but originally from World War I.

I recently picked up Cavallini's Flora & Fauna mini journals, a set of three pocket notebooks measuring 4" by 5.5" and decorated with beautiful vintage images of birds, flowers, butterflies, deer, and what looks like written pages from an old ledger. The covers are made from a very thick, sturdy, and smooth paper stock that definitely feels like it won't wear out too fast or fray/tear while bumping along in my handbag next to my 20lbs of lifestyle necessities. And the colors are striking, rich but not gaudy.

The notebooks have 96 pages and you get one black, one line, and one graph on cream colored stock that feels like it's about 70gsm to 80gsm. I haven't tried writing yet, as I'm already using several other journals, but I would guess that these are in the Moleskine category: not especially fountain pen friendly, with a touch of shadow using gel ink pens. Definitely check these out, I found them in a small stationery store on the Upper West Side but Cavallini is also available at Barnes & Noble, Anthropoligie, Dick Blick, and other online and bricks and mortar shops.