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.