Archive for Random Announcements
I heard yesterday that the Rhodia product chief may pay a visit to the U.S. in early March to talk about product development.
I would like to share with her product ideas suggested by Rhodia fans and retailers. Can you please let us know via a comment on this blog post what new or enhanced product you would like Rhodia to offer. Knowing the type of use you have in mind would also be helpful.
Thanks so much for your suggestions and support.
We have a slew of new products from France this year. New Rhodia products in the catalog include –
-Rhodia Pocket Notepad – dot grid, handy flap cover
-80th Anniversary Gift Set
-Rhodia Ice Notepads – ruled and grid – No. 11, No. 12, No. 13, No. 16 and No. 18 sizes
-Rhodia Pencil Case – orange & black
-Top Spiral Dot Grid Pads – No. 16 & No. 18 in both orange & black
See them all here.
We are sold out of the orange cover Rhodia Weekly Planner (or Webplanner) in pocket and large. It is still available in black.
A number of people wrote to complain about the missing inside back pocket. The reason it was removed is that continuing to include it would have added an additional $4 to the price of each book. Presently, the suggested list price for pocket versions is $18; the large or desk size is $26. If we kept the inside pocket, the prices would have been $22 and $30 respectively.
Question: would you pay the extra $4 for the inside pocket?
Once a year we open our doors to sell “shelf samples” to building neighbors and area fans. This year’s sale will be held the first week of December, but we’re not quite sure of the dates yet. I will announce it on the blog at the end of the month, or, you can sign up to get email notice by getting on the Rhodia mailing list. Sign-up is at the bottom of the Rhodiapads.com home page.
A hodge-podge of products from all our brands will be available, including Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and G. Lalo. Some of the samples are French products we decided not to import, others we have discontinued, and some are slightly damaged. You’ll find some treasures for sure.
Please come by to browse and say hello if you can. Exaclair is located near Penn Station in New York City. We are in what’s called the “Flower District” which used to be the “Haymarket” — a very colorful chapter in NYC history. Our address is 143 West 29th Street on the 10th Floor.
Your comments counted. We will be keeping the hardbound edition for 2016 and not changing over to refillable.
Since more and more people like to draft and make notes on graph paper, we may explore developing a daily pocket planner with this type of notes page.
Work has started on next year’s catalogs. This includes 2016 planners.
We are seriously considering a change for Rhodia WebPlanners, or Rhodia Weekly Notebooks as I like to call them. The change includes moving away from a bound hard cover to something else. The format will remain the same–week on left, page in graph for notes on right.
In the new version, the Rhodia planner, both pocket and desk, will have a firm orange cardboard cover which can be used as is, or inserted into black smooth or grained leatherette cover for people who prefer a refillable option.
The planner will be lighter, and also less expensive. We may expand the line to include Academic Year (August-July) in addition to Calendar Year (January-December).
We think these changes will expand its appeal, especially to people who like to work out ideas, problems and designs on graph paper.
Your comments and questions are welcome.
Our catalog development process will swing into gear in the next 3-4 weeks. I would like to reach out to our Rhodia fans and get your input for the catalog. What products do you see on the French catalog and French Rhodia website that you wish were available in the U.S.? Please let us know by commenting on this post; or feel free to write to me directly at email@example.com.
We cannot make changes to current products, although we can and do forward your requests, praise and complaints to the product chief in France. We also can offer fan suggestions for new types of Rhodia products. Do you have any you would like to see Rhodia manufacture?
Thank you so much for your help and support.
One of our office mates, Jim Burke, spotted one of our Exacompta cloth bound journals on a promo for the new ABC television show, “Selfie.” Here is a clip of the promo. They show the journal at a distance and close up.
This journal is the cousin of Exacompta sketchbook that has been discontinued, much to the sorrow of its many fans.
The paper is off white, laid finish, 25% cotton and 100 g. The line width is rather wide – 3/8″ inch, so if you have big handwriting or like lots of line room, this book is for you. The journal includes a bookmark, and gold edge pages.
Goulet Pens -
Besides Rhodia Ice (which people love for the striking cover and the faint grey lines), Rhodia has introduced a second notepad to celebrate it’s 80th anniversary. Appropriately called “No. 80,” this limited edition gift set includes a notepad in classic grid, plus an 80th anniversary pencil. Copper-colored Rhodia name and logo appears on both sides of the pad with a special 80th anniversary emblem on the back cover.
The No. 80 is the same size as the No. 16 – 6 x 8 1/4″ or 14.8 x 21 cm. It is made with premium 90g ivory paper. No. 80 will be available by August 15, 2014.
Sunny Huang of Exaclair will bring a sample to the DC Pen Show for people there to have a first-hand look. You can also see the “80” at the New York Gift Show later this month. And, as an added attraction, Sunny will also have a bottle of the new 1670 ink – “Stormy Grey.”
Some during August-September I will be organizing a project to compare the different Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Quo Vadis and G. Lalo paper surfaces and how they interact with different writing instruments and inks.
We will collect the comments of as many people as possible on their experience with an individual product paper–how it feels to the touch, how their pen (pencil or other writing instrument) moves across the surface and interacts with it; basically–what is their experience, and what they like (or don’t like) about it.
The summary of the comments can be a good reference not only for people getting started with journals and notepads, but also for expert practitioners to exchange experiences with each other.
The products I am thinking of including for this comparison are: classic Clairefontaine notebook paper; Clairefontaine Triomphe pads, R by Rhodia pads, classic Rhodia notepads, Rhodia Ice, Rhodia Webbies, Quo Vadis Habanas, G. Lalo Verge de France pads, and G. Lalo correspondence cards.
People can test each sheet with their favorite writing instruments (fountain pens, rollerballs, pencils, etc.) and contribute feedback via an online form. We will publish the results on both Quo Vadis Blog and Rhodia Drive either in December 2014 or January 2015.
Each person would be limited to three or four different sheets per month (that I can send in a first class letter), but can sign up each month for other papers to sample and add their thoughts.
What do you think? Are there specific questions we should ask? Are there any other product papers you would like to try? Your input at this stage is very much appreciated and welcome. As always, thank you for your thoughtful suggestions, help and support.
We have gotten a couple of requests and emails asking where to find Rhodia planners for the academic year (August-July). This edition has been discontinued in both the large and pocket size.
However, the Rhodia Weekly Planner in calendar year (January-December 2015) will start to ship to retailers the first week of June, and should be on shelves in July. It is available in both pocket and large in black and orange.
As an alternative, our most popular Quo Vadis academic edition is the Scholar. Like the Rhodia weekly, it has plenty of room for notes.
Life Noted merges calendaring, note-taking, PDF, photography and video apps into one. It brings the freedom of paper expression and the convenience of digital mobility to iPhones or iPads.
From one screen, capture a moment, jot down ideas, notes and reminders; import videos and photos; tag and retrieve memories of events, projects and meetings.
I will be updating Rhodiapads.com with new products in January. The site will also be optimized for mobile viewing as well, since over 25% of our traffic is now from tablets and smart phones.
What changes or revisions would you suggest? The look of the site will have to remain close to the French corporate site – bloc-rhodia.fr.
I have recently set up three email newsletters: one on exaclair.com, one on quovadisplanners.com, and one for Rhodia, which can be accessed on rhodiapads.com.
People who sign up can expect a newsletter every 4-8 weeks. It will include new product notice and photos; where to meet us at pen or trade shows; and access to special sales or promotions we will host, including close-outs, samples sales and discontinued products.
Rhodia and Quo Vadis newsletters are more brand centric; Exaclair will include everything and everyone (Rhodia, Clairefontaine, J. Herbin, Quo Vadis, G. Lalo, Brause, Decopatch and two new brands from France we are introducing this year: Maildor and Avenue Mandarine.)
Needless to say we will not give, lend, or sell these lists to anyone, nor use it for any other purpose than communicating news and offers to brand fans. The first newsletters will be sent in January 2014 once our new catalogs are released.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please post a comment. Thanks so much.
Since many Rhodia fans have a bottle of J. Herbin ink, I thought I would pass along this good news on Rhodia Drive.
In 2014 J. Herbin will be introducing a new ink, and also making some other changes. I expect to make the announcement sometime in February, when the products are on the way from France to the US and other plans are farther along.
I will also make sure members of the Rhodia Drive community get first crack at the new inks with Rhodia Drive sponsored giveaway.
More news as soon as I have it.