It's no secret that Caitlin and I are in Europe this week for pencil business. We arrived in Frankfurt yesterday morning delirious but relived to not see snow after a very frozen week in NYC. Before succumbing to tiredness and jet lag we explored this little city on foot and learned a few things about our surroundings, the culture and our beloved pencil. Today was a much more eventful day spent at Messe Frankfurt touring Paperworld. Here's a brief round up:
- The Faber-Castell store was beautiful but a bit disappointing. We were hoping to find some Germany exclusives, but discovered that the Grip 2001 in other variations to be the only big difference.
- Germans are reeeeally nice.
- It would be really hard to be a vegetarian here (or in my case lactose and gluten intolerant).
- We didn't use a map once on our first day and we didn't even get lost.
- Messe Frankfurt is a convention center on crack. So many halls. So many moving sidewalks.
- Napkins qualify as stationery, as learned from Paperworld and stationery shop research.
- Hindustan Pencil Co. (Apsara and Nataraj) manufacture ALL of the components of their products on their own, down to growing the trees and making the tiny screws for the sharpeners. They had a really beautifully produced and informative video taken in their factories of all of the things being born.
- e + m (makers of our beloved Peanpole pencil extender) make so many other awesome things. We met the owner, Brigette and are a little obsessed.
- Why isn't the a retail shopping sector of trade shows? Caitlin definitely needs a pastel pink stapler and I can't live without Italian glue and party invitations with sloths on them.
- We made major headway in our pencil case mission. No, we will not explain further. #secrets
- Caran d'Ache has lots of terrific new things rolling out in the next few months. We love them so much and we're certain you will too.
- There are a lot of things we are dying to tell you but we don't want to spoil the fun.
Caroline & Caitlin
^look! A paper forest. Can we live here?