Ar­ti­cles of de­sign for both the grade-schooler and the mod­ern businessman


From the land of washi tapes (among other no­table ex­ports) comes a new sta­tion­ary craze: Itoya’s Color Chart. A quirky yet in­cred­i­bly func­tional as­sem­blage of desk items, the brand’s col­lec­tion brings new mean­ing to “col­or­co­or­di­nated” for those look­ing for the most In­sta­gram­wor­thy workspace. Note­books, binders, ball­point pens, me­chan­i­cal pen­cils, and leather jack­ets for jour­nals are ren­dered in play­ful colors; our per­sonal fa­vorites are Sun­set Or­ange and Pear Green.

For the gen­tle­men and per­haps those averse to play­ful hues, they also have a more se­ri­ous take on desk goods: a fountain pen from Ja­pan’s Taisho era. With roots trac­ing back to 1904, the Romeo pen is en­gi­neered from pre­mium raw ma­te­ri­als, from leather to ebonite, for a rather re­strained el­e­gance. The tour de force of the col­lec­tion? The Romeo No. 3 pen with an acrylic de­cal that en­sures no two in­stru­ments are alike—help­ful for when you’re the kind to boast about a one-of-a-kind pen.

Poised as one of Ginza’s must-visit shops, Itoya has steadily es­tab­lished it­self as an author­ity in the realm of writ­ing in­stru­ments and sta­tionery. With over a cen­tury of crafts­man­ship be­hind it (most of the pieces are 100 per­cent hand­made), the brand con­tin­ues to cre­ate ar­ti­cles for the gents and the lit­tle ladies.

Romeo pen. Itoya, Na­tional Book Store, SM Aura Premier.

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