Friday, 7 October 2011

Shop tour: Falkiners

For years I studied in the street next to Falkiners/Shepherds Bookbinders on Southampton Row and often popped in at lunch to revel in its traditional surroundings, and look at its pretty Japanese chiyogami papers. I can never resist a nostalgic peek when I'm in the neighbourhood. Someday I would love to take one of their bookbinding courses, where I'm pretty sure my paper of choice would be one of their stunning autumn-hued leaf papers.






I treated myself to one of their 2012 diaries {this is unusual for me; it will probably remain half-empty for the first months of the year, as happened with my Persephone books diary.} I will take a photo soon, as it's covered with another of my favourites; flying swallows...

{No photos of the whole shop as my camera skills didn't pull them off; but it's such a lovely place to visit; large with lots of old wooden shelving and racks and just so much paper of every description. Their shop in Mayfair is smaller, but its an unexpected treat to come across it in the midst of the surrounding restaurants and bars.}

8 comments:

luisa said...

Lovely.

Lisa-Marie said...

I just drooled a wee bit. I must go there when in London next.

Brown Paper Packages said...

Oooh - how delightful. These papers are so wonderful for card making too. The Japanese know their paper & stationery!

ALL ABOUT CHOCOLATE CREATIVE... said...

I know this shop, i used to buy japanese paper for my etchings it is wonderful. 100% was very good for me, got a lot of interest specially for the new hooks/knobs, I hope I can keep up with the demand, so many orders...it was not a very good fair, it is loosing its cutting age plus too many big boys, but for me was good, i guess because there were not many textile and small companies around were i was. are u doing any events/fiars for xmas? are u coming to The Merry Magpie Christmas Boutique! organised by Caroline? would love to see u.

Ophelia said...

That paper is beautiful!

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Hazel said...

You could lose me for hours in a shop like this...

that kate said...

I never knew this existed so will definitely have to pay it a visit soon! It looks wonderful!

Katie said...

Wow what an amazing looking shop! I also had never heard of this place - will definitely check it out.