We’re especially proud to announce the addition of select products from boutique Japanese stationer Inkaren. When we first contacted Inkaren, we were told they had suspended international sales. We were so enamored with their products that we offered to freely advise them on how to best work with international retailers, and we’re happy to be offering their products as the first such retailer. We are carrying five different products in multiple variants. We’re sure that these simple yet thoughtful designs will help to elevate your creative efforts. We also love Inkaren’s spirit of collaboration, as their line was made possible through the partnership of six different companies.
I can’t remember the first time we saw Kata Kata’s endearing designs. It may have been on their origami paper at Nagasawa in Kobe, Japan. We immediately fell in love with the work of Takeshi Matsunaga and Chie Takai. Their illustrations largely focus on images of natural scenery and animals. Some of them have an old-world European ascetic, and many of their animals designs are reminiscent of classical, Japanese motifs but with their own unique twist. Most intriguing is their tenugui, or traditional hand cloths, which are stenciled and dyed by hand using traditional techniques.
We’re very excited to be the second retailer of Kata Kata products in the United States, and the first and only to currently be carrying their A4 Postcards series. Their illustrations can be found on many more products (such as the aforementioned origami paper), so let us know if you love them, and hopefully we can expand our offerings in the future. Please click on the images below individually or browse the entire line of Kata Kata.
The boat from Japan has arrived, bringing us both new products and a resupply of products that were running low or sold out. We are adding two new products from Craft Design Technology, the CDT A5 Notepad and the CDT Brush Pen (plus refill), which happens to be our first brush pen. We have added the very iconic Mitsubishi No. 772 Red-Blue Pencils, the Dog Ear Notebook by Hum, and the Legno Pen and Acro Drive Pen from Pilot. Finally, we are adding the Nähe General Purpose Case. Nähe is yet another great brand by Hightide (creators of the Penco, PH, and Hum brands). The Nähe line is mostly storage and organizational products drawing inspiration from German stationers. We specifically chose this Nähe case to accommodate full-sized colored pencils, like our Mitsubishi No. 850s that are too long for many other pen and pencil cases. It'll hold about a dozen pencils, so a whole box of Mitsubishi No. 101s, or a nice array of individual pens, pencils, or erasers.
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We're very excited to announce the addition of a new brand to our lineup. Metaphys is the brainchild of Chiaki Murata, designer and managing director of Hers Experimental Design Laboratory, Inc. Murata’s desire to create everyday items with unique shapes and added functionality is nowhere more apparent than in his stationery product designs. Metaphys products will challenge your preconceptions about the shape and beauty of office products. Once you have a chance to use them, you’ll understand why countless Metaphys products have been awarded Japan’s prestigious Good Design Award.
Benjamin Stock founded Fresh Stock in Kobe, Japan and now runs it in the U.S. along with his wife, Rebecca.