The company that imports and distributed Rhodia to the United States is called “Exaclair.” Some of you may wonder who or what exactly is “Exaclair.” I have never written about the company and thought I would do so now, as more and more people seem to be searching for “Exaclair products.”
The name Exaclair is a combination of the company, Exacompta Clairefontaine–our umbrella corporate parent based in France. This conglomerate includes 30 or 40 (I’m not sure of the number) different companies. We import products from 11 of those companies to the U.S. We are the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of Exacompta Clairefontaine products to the United States. Our corporate website can be found here.
Exaclair was founded in 1984 — 30 years ago — by Christine Nusse, a fifth generation family member of Clairefontaine. Her father, Charles Nusse, also founded Exacompta, which originally started out making accounting ledgers and now makes a variety of office supply products sold throughout Europe and North America.
Christine Nusse literally started out with a suitcase of Clairefontaine and G. Lalo samples, showing them to (then) the many stationery stores on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan and Midtown. From there, Exaclair products have expanded to stores throughout the country where fine writing and paper products are sold.
In my 15 years at Exaclair, I have seen major changes in the stationery industry. Chief among them were the rise of email, smart phones and big box stores. The 9/11 disaster also eliminated many small stationery and office supply stores in Lower Manhattan, and much of the local printing industry.
I would estimate that 80% of Exaclair’s retail customers on the books on May 1, 1999 — my start date with the company — have subsequently gone out of business or been taken over. At that time, Palm Pilots were starting to impact sales of address books, and email was just getting popular. These changes dealt a cruel blow to social stationery.
When I started with Exaclair, G. Lalo and Clairefontaine were the most popular brands. It is now Rhodia, Clairefontaine and J. Herbin.
We are very proud of our products and stand behind them. If we get questions on any products, we follow up immediately with the parent company in France and the consumer. We are all very appreciative of the loyalty and support of consumers and local retailers.
We are very optimistic about the future. Our sales are growing, and we believe it’s because of the quality of our paper and the company’s good environmental record. As people return to paper to create, relax, express themselves or just slow down, we are confident that they will find our brands, and enjoy the pleasure of writing the way all of us do.
TRACES FRAGILES… INDÉLÉBILES is the the 6th exhibition for the group, Les Calmars.
This calligraphy exhibition combines gestural marks, flowing ink, rhythm and movement as explored by the eight calligraphers of Les Calmars. Lorna Mulligan’s piece shown below, (part of a collective work) is done with brush and inks (sumi and J. Herbin) and represents an open book in which we see the dialogue between a page of text and a page of landscape imagery. The text says ’Je suis le calm entre deux sons” (I am the rest between two notes) – Rilke.
Lorna Mulligan is an artist and calligrapher. She received her degree in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and also studied at the Banff Centre. She teaches in Montreal at the Visual Arts Centre and at Dawson College in the Continuing Education Department. She also does Culture in the Schools workshops through the Quebec Ministry of Education. Lorna Mulligan has exhibited her mixed media artworks across Canada and in Europe. Visit Lorna on the web at: www.lornamulligan.com
The text on Lorna’s open book piece was created with her favorite pen: the Kamei brush pen.
There were several new products on display in the Exaclair booth at the National Stationery Show that I had the opportunity to drool over today, including the new “pictures can’t do them justice” Rhodia Ice. They look AMAZING in person. Continue Readering »
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Monami Handy Highlighter at A Penchant for Paper
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Pilot Kaküno Fountain Pen Review at Write to Me Often
A Ferrule to Arms: Erasable #2 at Pencil Revolution
Weekly Loadout Submission – Alia L. at Ed Jelley
20 Creative Writing Careers at Writing Forward
The Handwritten Note at Daily Writing Tips
New Habana Notebook Cover Colors at Quo Vadis Blog
Journaling As Healing Process at Create Write Now with Mari
Guide to Choosing a Pair of Scissors at JetPens Blog
Journaling Exercise: Question of Faith at Kaizen Journaling
Office Size Clam Paper clipper at My Supply Room
Faber Castell 9000 HB pencils vintage matchboxes spotlight at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Montblanc Meisterstuck : The Masterpiece at Pen Boutique Blog
Featured Pen – Kaweco AL Sport – Stonewashed Black at Pens Paper Ink… Whatever!
Smooth As A Baby’s Bottom – Or Not at The Pen Addict
Image courtesy of my_name_pesca on Instagram.
The landscape version of our beloved Webbie (Webnotebook) will soon be available in the US and we are hoping that you are as excited about it as we are. Will you share with us how this format may work more efficiently for your needs?
• Size A5: 5 1⁄2” x 8 1⁄4”
• 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral, 96 sheets
• Embossed Rhodia logo
• Elastic closure matching color cover (orange and black)
• Round corners
• Individually shrink-wrapped
• Lined or blank
• Inner pocket in back cover
Image courtesy of hotdogsandwiches on Instagram
Stationery stores, art stores and book stores are a few of the more popular types of brick and mortar stores where you may discover a selection of Rhodia products available for purchase.
Click here to find a local retailer in your state or here for retailers with multiple locations. Product availability may vary and if you are looking for a specific Rhodia or Exaclair product, it might be best to call ahead.
The image above was taken at a D&R Music and Book Store in Turkey. Where do you buy your Rhodia?
Rhodia Meeting Book at Office Supply Geek
J. Herbin Encre Rouge Ink Review at The Pen Addict
Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions at Pentorium
More on Finishing Notebooks at Notebook Stories
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – White Body, Black M Nib at No Pen Intened
Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker at A Penchant for Paper
Review of the Clairefontaine Calligraphy Pad at Life Imitates Doodles
15 Quick and Dirty Writing Tips at Writing Forward
Faber-Castell brings two new colors to the affordable Loom lineup at Fountain Pen Geeks
Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing at Brain Pickings
Review: Rhodia No. 18 Uni-Blank Pad at The Well Appointed Desk
Sketchbook Exercises at Nordljus
Family Connection — Another Reason To Write Our Memories at Writing Through Life
Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen at Write to Me Often
Intro to the Monteverde Impressa Fountain Pen at Ink Nouveau
Rotring 800 0.5mm Pencil Review at Ed Jelley
Image courtesy of laurazigman on Instagram
The Clairefontaine 1951 collection has been expanded! Options now include:
- Staplebound Notebooks in 3.5 x 5.5″ and 5.75 x 8.25″ 48 sheets, lined, in two sizes and seven colors
- Clothbound 5.75 x 8.25″ Notebooks: 96 sheets, lined, available in 6 different colors
- Top Wirebound (Reporter Style) Notepads: 3 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.
- SquareBack Notebooks 3.5 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.
All of the Clairefontaine “1951″ Collection include the Authentic Heritage design and contain the following:
- 90 g pH neutral, acid-free and fountain pen friendly paper
- Smooth satin finish, white paper
- Grained paper cover with front label
- Vintage look and feel
J. Herbin currently has 30 colors available in the La Perle des Encres (“Jewel of Inks”) line which can be viewed here. If you are a fan of these inks, please tell us which are your favorites, and what colors you’s like to see added to expand the line.
My own personal favorites include Violette Pensee, Perle Noire, and Orange Indien. I’d love to see a brighter and slightly more saturated red than the Rouge Caroubier. (though not as dark or saturated as the Rouge Hematite from the 1670 Anniversary line.) Please feel free to share this post.
You can now take a look at the NEW 2014 Exaclair catalog and see all of the goodies coming in the new year – like the large Rhodiarama Webbbies, Landscape Webbies, Mignon Refillable Leather Journals, new colors for the Habana, Graf-It dot pads…
Which products are you most excited about? (You must KNOW that I’m excited for the large purple Webbies!)
If you just got a new iPad, tablet, laptop or phone, you may or may not know about Pinterest, an extremely popular pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. Users can upload their own content, browse other pinboards for images and “re-pin” those images to their own pinboards, or simply “like” photos that they find interesting.
We especially love discovering when fans pin their favorite Rhodia products. (Wink, wink, nudge nudge…)
Karen Doherty, (Exaclair’s VP of Marketing) visits with me at least once a year and is always open to anywhere I suggest for lunch. (Last time it was my favorite Indian buffet) This time we went to a very special local sandwich shop called Cafe The Lodge. The food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced, the space warm and inviting.
The Lodge provides housing, a supportive community and vocational opportunities for adults with mental health challenges. According to individual preferences, the members live independently in scattered rental properties in the neighborhood. The Lodge offers flexible jobs at the Café the Lodge and daily educational and recreational programs. The program is largely consumer-run. The Lodge supports its members to establish a wholesome lifestyle and affirms their self-determination and inherent ability to create productive and meaningful lives.
Did you know that the U.S., Canada and Mexico use a different system of paper sizes compared to the rest of the world? Exaclair products predominantly originate in France which utilizes the widespread international ISO 216 standard. A4 sizes were standardized in 1975 by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) – the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organization ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’.
Per Wiki: The international paper size standard, ISO 216, is based on the German DIN 476 standard for paper sizes. ISO paper sizes are all based on a single aspect ratio of square root of 2, or approximately 1:1.4142. The base A0 size of paper is defined to have an area of 1 m2. Rounded to millimetres, the A0 paper size is 841 by 1,189 millimetres (33.1 × 46.8 in).
Successive paper sizes in the series A1, A2, A3, and so forth, are defined by halving the preceding paper size across the larger dimension. The most frequently used paper size is A4 measuring 210 by 297 millimetres (8.3 × 11.7 in).
The image above was taken at the Haberdash Roosevelt Collection store in Chicago and is courtesy of bow tie_guy on Instagram.
In celebration of my 4th anniversary writing for Rhodia Drive, I’ve got 20 assorted Rhodiaramas to give away!
What are the Rhodiarama Webbies? A 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″ notebook somewhere between orange and black…
- 96 sheets of 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral, lined or blank
- Italian leatherette w/ signature orange elastic closure
- Embossed Rhodia logo
- Inner pocket, printed full color flyleaves
- Round corners and an orange ribbon marker
The contest will be remain open until midnight EST on Tuesday 10/08/13. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday 10/10. One entry per household please. If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. As the color/ruling options are limited to the 20 Rhodiaramas currently on hand, we will make every effort to offer your preferred selection - though no guarantees.
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Image courtesy of keiim on Instagram
Exaclair is in the final stages of developing an iPhone app. The app will utilize and expand on iCal, and bring to digital the free form notes people love in paper planners. It will have many other enhancements besides. We are quite excited about it, and looking forward to sharing it with you. It is designed to work with the upcoming iOS 7 platform. We are testing the app on a beta version, and it is quite beautiful and elegant.
The app is is meant to answer the need of our former datebook customers for a digital product; and for those current customers who use both paper and digital, or are planning to move to digital. We also hope having a digital presence will introduce our notebooks and other products to a whole new group of people.
The app – LIFE NOTED – will be available on the app store in September 2013. We’ll let you know as soon as it is available. The app will be Free; $2.99 with full functionality.