Archive for Random Announcements
Dear Rhodia Drive Friends,
Once a month, I will do a post on any special sales or promotions we know our retailers are doing on Rhodia products.
This month, European Paper Company and Quiver Pen Holders are offering Rhodia specials for Father’s Day, graduations and just presents to self for fine writing.
European Paper Company is featuring Rhodia Academic Year (August 2013-July 2014) planners. They are also offering a 15% discount on Rhodia pencils. The code is goRhodia. They will also be having an interesting traveling Rhodia notebook promotion coming up later this month. Here’s a link to their site.
Just in time for Father’s Day, Quiver Pen Holders is featuring a hand-made leather pen holder with a large Rhodia Webnotebook. The stitching in the pen holder perfectly matches Rhodia’s orange. It looks pretty striking with a black Webbie. Be sure to enter coupon code Dad2013 at checkout for your 20% discount. See them all here.
Two fun news items for Rhodia fans this morning.
For any of you traveling on American Airlines this month, please have a look at the article on designer Derek Lam on page 14 in American Way magazine. “A Rhodia notepad, for sketching and jotting down idea” is one of his travel essentials.
Our friends over at The European Paper Company let us know they are offering Rhodia gift sets with the popular No. 16 R by Rhodia pads and pad holders. A good gift for Moms, Dads, Grads and other special people.
The European Paper Company is offering a free No. 11 Rhodia pad with every purchase until supplies run out. If you need to shop or stock up, hurry over to their site and get a free No. 11 with your order.
Yesterday we received an email from Dick Blick that they have acquired Utrecht Art Supplies. Blick has 39 locations and a webstore, and Utrecht has 45 locations and a webstore. Both chains stock a large assortment of Rhodia products. Dick Blick also carries our GraF it sketch pads by Clairefontaine, and calligraphy supplies by Brause.
Saturday & Sunday, 16-17 March 2013 Visit the 2013 Long Island Pen Show
Located at Hofstra University – Student Center Multi-purpose Room, Rm. 101
Sponsored by the Long Island Pen Club, Luxury Brands, and Exaclair Inc.
- Repairs by Ron Zorn and nib work by Richard Binder.
- Ink sampling table from Luxury Brands, distributors of Noodler’s Ink
- Sample the smooth pleasure of writing on Rhodia paper and J. Herbin ink provided by Exaclair Inc.
- New This Year: Fountain Pen Hospital, Anderson Pens and Kenro Industries
- Dozens of collectors and dealers of vintage and modern writing instruments exhibiting, pens of all kinds
- Desk sets, ads, blotters, inwells and ephemera form the golden age of fountain pens
- Displays illustrating the history of writing and the story of the fountain pen.
- Demonstratons on how to use and maintain fountain pens.
- Functional writing instruments vintage & modern by Susan Wirth
- Free pen ppraisals at the Appraisal Booth
Daily Admission is $10.00 payable at the door. Visit http://www.lipenshow.com for more details.
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Friends, your voices have been heard.
We are manufacturing a 2012-2013 Rhodia WebPlanner academic edition in pocket and large. They will be available in black or orange covers.
The academic year editions will begin to ship to retailers in early May; calendar year by mid-June.
We are completely sold out of the large 2012 WebPlanner….right down to the two samples we had in the office!
If you want the planner of your choice, please see your retailer early in the season.
Stephanie will host some WebPlanner raffles when they roll off the presses so stay tuned!
Rhodiarama Rhodia is a new product for 2012 – it basically 15 colored versions of a pocket Webbie. Colors include: black, chocolate, taupe, beige, anise, turquoise, sapphire, iris, purple, lilac, raspberry, poppy, tangerine, orange and yellow. The paper is 90g, and the size is 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ or A6.
You can see them on the French Rhodia website here.
Here’s the biggest reason we are not carrying them now: they aren’t made yet. What you see on the French site is a prototype.
We expect the manufacturing to be done this spring, and hope to have some samples on hand at the National Stationery Show (May) and for Book Expo (June).
If there is sufficient interest by our retailers we may bring in some? all? of the colors to have on sale by June or July.
They are expensive—and will retail somewhere between $18.50-$20 each. Are you willing to pay that amount for a pocket journal?
If so, what colors do you like?
Thank you! Your votes make a difference!
It’s here! Time to roll our our first ever Rhodia Journal Swap: “Favorite Things.” Interested in participating? Read on, then please fill out the form below by Jan 18th. We’d love if you would share this opportunity with your friends! Questions? Please submit via comments. Continue Readering »
Every year at Exaclair we have a sale of of all kinds of stationery products in the office: samples from France we decided not to carry; discontinued products; and some current products that are a little banged up and cannot be sold. There is something for everyone–stationery, cards & envelopes, notebooks, organizational products, calligraphy items and fountain pen inks.
The sale will be held on December 6th & 7th from 10 AM to 4 PM. We are located at 143 West 29th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001. We’re not far from Penn Station, on 29th Street between Avenue of the Americas and 7th Avenue.
I will look forward to chatting with you if you are able to stop by!
Any last-bits of advice on changes, enhancements, etc.?
-Rhodia will be introducing a No. 18 Dot Pad.
-Dot Pads will be available in several spiral sizes, including the popular No. 13 and No. 14.
-There will be a Dot Pad cover in orange.
There will be a whole lotta Rhodia at the Exaclair Booth – #337 – at Art Materials World 2011. This trade show and convention is sponsored by NAMTA – the International Art Materials Trade Association, and takes place at the Phoenix, Arizona Convention Center from April 13-15th.
Several new Rhodia products will be unveiled at the show, including “R” by Rhodia–a premium 90g ivory paper pad with a “soft touch” cover, and…drumroll…..the new Dot Webbies!
If you are planning to attend please stop by to say hello! I plan to visit artist and Rhodia friend, Bernadette Ward of Pan Pastels. Bernadette recently did some experimenting with Pan Pastel colors in a Rhodia blank Webbie. Here’s her video.
You might also see me at a Diamondbacks game as I continue my quest to collect baseball hats from around the country! Since my beloved New York Mets are off to such a great start this year(!) I should be able to wear my cap without too much razzing..
2011 Long Island Pen Show
this Saturday & Sunday 5-6 March 2011
Sponsored by the Long Island Pen Club
Hofstra University Student Center Multi-purpose Room 101
Hempstead, Long Island, New York
Saturday 5 March 2011
* 8:00-10:00 am Pre-show admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
* 10:oo am -6:00 pm Open to the public
Sunday 6 March 2011
* 8:00-10:00 am Pre-show admission, open to exhibitors and weekend traders.
* 10:oo am -4:00 pm Open to the public
The first two days of the show are for weekend traders and retailers; but August 14-15 – Saturday and Sunday, are open to consumers. The show is held at the Sheraton Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia. More information here.
I collect antique inkwells, so I’m hoping to add one or two to my collection, plus a fountain pen or two, and some ink, and whatever I see that grabs my imagination. I will brave the sighs I’m going to get when I get home…but pen people understand.
A bottle of the new 1670 Herbin ink will be at the Pendemonium booth if you would like to stop by and test it. Bob Johnson, who runs the show, asked me to bring some Herbin inks and Clairefontaine paper for the testing table and various other places. I have packed some Rhodia and some Triomphe pads.
I’ll also bring along some pens I feel don’t work properly or I’m afraid to use. I know I can get some friendly, expert advice on what to do.
Hope to see you there or bump into you at one of the tables!
Fahrney’s Pens retail store hosts a different vendor the first Wednesday of the month. This month, Rhodia & Clairefontaine will be the featured vendors. I will be on hand with the area sales rep to meet customers and answer questions. I’m bringing some products from Exaclair for people to test with their pens, including a bottle of Herbin’s new 1670 ink.
Fahrney’s Vendor Day & Sale is scheduled for Wednesday, August 4th (tomorrow) from 10 AM to 5 PM. They are offering an extra 10% off Rhodia and Clairefontaine’s everyday prices. Fahrney’s offers a wide selection of Rhodia and Clairefontaine pads and notebooks.
The store is located at 1317 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC 2002. Tel. – 202-628-9525. They are located two blocks from the Metro Center.
Farhney’s is a storied name for fountain pens. In 1929 Earl Fahrney founded Fahrney’s Pens as a fountain pen repair shop. The business thrived. He slowly expanded and decided to sell new writing intruments, including the “revolutionary” ballpoint pen. The tagline “The Write Place” was acquired when Mr. Fahrney moved the business in 1950 to the historic Willard Hotel on F Street.
In 1961 Mr. Fahrney hired Odell Chappell who was the store’s first female employee. “The Pen Lady” as she became known, is now retired but remembered for her tireless dedication to Fahrney’s and her customers.
In 1972 Mr. Fahrney sold Fahrney’s Pens to Jon and Corinne Sullivan. The Sullivans shared his passion for fountain pens, and deep commitment to customers and employees. Their son, Chris, has taken over day-to-day operations. 80 years after its founding Fahrney’s remains a family-owned business.
Visit the website here. I hope to see you tomorrow!