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Our pledge to be Plastic Free by 2020 11.01.19

We are all aware of the devastating impact plastic has on the environment. At Katie Leamon, we are constantly trying to find new ways to make our company as sustainable as possible. Currently, all of our products are made in England, of which the majority are recyclable and we ensure that all of our cards are FSC certified, this is a method by which companies can show their commitment to the environment and responsible forest management.

Moving forward, we are committed to using recycled and biodegradable materials in our products and are looking into plastic-free alternatives for packaging. The time is now to act to ensure a better future for everyone and that is why we are pledging to go plastic-free by 2020.


What notebook should I buy?

It’s a new year and you’ve decided you want a new notebook to help you get organised for the year ahead. Not sure what kind of notebook you want? Well, we’ve put together a small guide to help you choose one from the many notebooks in our range.

Lay-flat notebook

the lay-flat notebook was created with designers, artists and writers in mind. The lay-flat binding allows for ease of writing/drawing on all 300, 90gsm blank pagesThe robust gravure texture cover means it’ll be protected in your bag and would make the perfect travel companion. There are 6 different designs, so whether you like bold patterns or classic block colour there’s a style for everyone.

Wiro notebook

The Wiro notebooks are ideal for note taking or the art of bullet journalling. The wiro binding means they also lay flat and the bullet dots are the perfect solution if you can’t decide whether to go for plain or lined pages. We think this is a great option for students or someone who likes to get a bit more organised with their notes or designs.

Personalised notebook

Well, who doesn’t like something with their name on? This is for the #stationeryaddicts and will sit perfectly alongside your other personalised stationery and correspondence. The gold foil initials adds a touch of elegance to your notebook and you’ll be looking for every excuse to use this when you’re out and about.

Marble notebook

Trying to find something chic and on trend? Then look no further. Our Marble notebooks are best-sellers and have been the mainstay in our notebook collection for years. The wide selection of unique designs can make it hard to choose one, but the option of either A5 lined or B5 plain means you can buy 2 instead!


Rachel Donates 04.01.19

We are very proud to be continuing Katie Donates into the new year! Thanks to everyone who supported the project last year and we hope it’s even more successful in 2019.

This month Katie’s sister Rachel donates to the Plan International UK “Because i’m a girl” campaign.

“I have chosen this charity as I believe as a mum of 2 independent little ladies, more needs to be done on equality for girls. We need them growing up in an environment they feel equal, as well as feeling safe and secure. The need to feel that they can stand up for what they believe in. This campaign aims to tackle real issues girls and young ladies across the globe face daily.”

Rachel


Playlist: Christmas Vol.III 14.12.18

Rock around the Christmas tree with these festive rock ‘n’ roll hits.


Last-minute Christmas gift guide

For some, Christmas shopping was sorted in November, other’s haven’t even started yet. Most of us have bought a few things but still just looking for the tricky to buy for family member, Secret Santa, or mysterious friend. No matter which of these “festive shoppers” you are, we have put together a last-minute gift guide to tick at least one person off your list!

Wiro Notebook

For the creative

Kaweco Fountain Pen

For the writer

HiDE Pencil Case

For the designer

City Map

For the traveller

Assorted Pencil Set

For the artist

HiDE Card Holder

For the big spender

Personalised Notebook

For the artist

POST Subscription

For the stationery addict

Love Print

For the romantic

HiDE Personal Organiser

For the pragmatist


Playlist: Christmas Vol.II 07.12.18

Does your granny always tell you that the old songs are the best? Listen now to our favourite Christmas classics from yesteryear…


Playlist: Christmas Vol. I 30.11.18

We know it’s not quite December yet, so here’s a list of festive hits that aren’t quite Christmas songs.

Pic. @artifactuprising


Small Business Saturday

I first started the business because I enjoyed creating beautiful stationery and luckily its grown into a family business that myself and my parter Ruairi can both be a part of. I began in 2010 by applying my illustrations to a range of products including cards and notebooks. I lovingly hand printed each card, and sewed each notebook hoping to build a tangible connection to each product that our customers could then enjoy. Eight years on we still aim for that exact same feeling in all the products we make. Our signature hand printed cards have evolved and we have branched into new and exciting trends in the industry whilst still maintaining the inherent authentic nature of our brand.
We are now a team of 10, made up largely of our family and friends. Our cards are still hand printed individually in house and our team pride themselves on our attention to detail not only in the product but in the service we provide for our customers.
Small Business Saturday is a time to celebrate our journey, our customers and our ethics. Although my goalposts of success continue to move and our aims become higher, my values remain the same and I wont compromise on them. I don’t believe you can well maintain these details and values on a larger scale, so I am proud to be (and remain) a small business and celebrate the qualities that come with that.
Katie

Kate Donates

This month Kate donates to the East Anglia Children’s Hospices – EACH, and has chosen the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas card. 100% of profits from the card this month will go to Kate’s chosen charity.

I have chosen EACH as they provide amazing support for families/carers who have children with life threatening conditions. They not only offer end of life care but a full range of therapies from music and art for the children to emotional and psychological for the adults.

Kate


Playlist: Autumn Vol.VI – 1998 15.11.18

Throwback Thursday – 20 years on, here’s some of our favourites from 1998.

Pic. @oanabefort


Meet Our Stockists: Pappsalon

Meet Pappsalon, a modern stationery store in the German town of Itzhoe, featuring a curated selection of the finest paper goods from all over the world. Since opening their store and online shop in 2014, Cass and Linda have been lovingly selecting the most beautiful paper products with a focus on small independent designers and brands.

We caught up with Linda to talk all things paper!

Q. Why did you decide to open Pappsalon?

Whilst studying architecture at University we ran a model shop for students and really enjoyed it. After graduating we decided that the architecture profession wasn’t the right route and instead found a love of paper and beautiful things, from here the idea of PAPPSALON was born.

Q. Is there a story behind your stores name?

Our store is situated in an old building from the turn of the century, it used to be used by a hardware and kiln dealer and still features the original cast-iron columns. We wanted a name that connects the building space and the new purpose of the store. Our model shop at university was called Pappenheim which means ‘home for cardboard’, we used this idea for our new name, paper in german is pappe + salon = Pappsalon.

Q. What has been the best moment in your stores life so far?

This is probably the most beautiful job in the world for us, there has been so many great moments. However, our first multi-page feature in the lovely Flow magazine was particularly exciting for us.

Q. What is one item you can’t live without?

I know it’s a rather romantic answer but we could go without nearly all materialistic things, but could never live without our lovely family and friends, and would be reluctant to live without really good food too!

Q. Where did you first hear about Katie Leamon?

Last summer we were introduced to Katie Leamon and absolutely loved the products!

Q. What is your favourite Katie Leamon product?

We love the luxury assorted pencil sets and the marbled notebooks with gold cut.

Thanks Linda! 


Travel Guide: Lisbon 02.11.18

Last month we visited the city of Lisbon for one final slice of summer. The Portuguese capital has been on our bucket list for a while now and it was great to finally get away after a very busy few months! Lisbon is one of Europe’s oldest cities, so while picturesque cobbled streets and ancient architecture are never too far away, we also found a forward thinking community of artists, makers and small business owners that give the city an amazing creative buzz.  Here are our top tips for Lisbon;

The Old Town

We were staying in an Airbnb in between the areas of Alfarma and Graca, Alfarma is the oldest district in Lisbon and a great place for a morning wander, think narrow cobblestoned alleyways and quaint local cafés and grocery shops. Graca is situated on Lisbons highest point so you can expect incredible views. Similar to Alfarma this is an authentic Portuguese neighbourhood, however there is also a vibrant creative community here, so you’ll find street art, galleries and contemporary bars alongside the more traditional shops and restaurants.

Portugal’s battered economy is bouncing back from the Eurozone crisis and Lisbon is leading the way: renovating rundown areas, supporting local businesses and attracting entrepreneurship. It’s a forward-looking mentality that is allowing creativity to flourish

Suitcase Magazine

Time Out Market

Lisbon’s Mercado da Ribeira is a must-visit for food, drink and culture. The market has been running here since the 1890s but in 2014 turned into Time out’s very first curated market. All the stands here have been tasted and tested by a team of experts so you know it’s going to be tasty. We had the best strawberry ice cream and also tried Portuguese custard tarts or ‘Pastel de nata’ a local delicacy which did not disappoint.

Casa Independente

The coolest place to hang out in all of Lisbon. We discovered this hidden gem through my brother who has lived in Portugal for the last few years (See Tom’s wall mural inside the casa below). Originally a Manor House dating back to 1863, the space has now been turned into a place of culture that hosts live music, exhibitions, artistic residencies and more. We spent most of our time in the Tropical Tasca where they serve meals, snacks and drinks.

Tom Leamon Wall Mural at the Casa Independente

Sintra

Only a 40 minute train journey away, Sintra is an enchanted town in the hills between Lisbon and the Atlantic, this was such a fun day-trip and if I’m honest we could of spent longer here. Home to the castles and palaces of past Moorish and Portuguese royalty and wealthy, we visited the Quinta da Regaleira a magnificent estate and heart of the town. The palace is magnificent but the garden is the real treasure, featuring lakes, fountains, grottoes and hidden caves and connecting tunnels.

Sintra, @theprettycities