NOTEBOOKS CREATED as WE WISH THEY ALREADY EXISTED, and MADE in FRANCE.
Small book, big ideas
Rounded corners, robust cover and practical dimensions, the Calepino notebooks were designed to be carried anywhere. Stored in a pocket or at the bottom of a bag, the notebooks are the ultimate accessories for jotting down unexpected ideas, for writing down your new big ideas: shopping lists, sketches and revolutionary inventions, travel log, memories from trips, books you have read, or have yet to read, layouts of prospective houses, seeds for the garden, phone numbers, journals, dreams, secret codes, testament, song lyrics, delicious recipes, menus and the weather forecast.
A substainable production
To produce trying our hardest to respect the environment, is one of the biggest challenges that CALEPINO face. The raw materials used (cardboard and paper) are of high quality and 100% recycled. The cardboard shaped for the covers and the cases all bear the Eco-label “Ange Bleu”, and entirely recycled and void of any dangerous substances. The paper comes from durable forests, the paper is whitened without any chlorine and comes from 100% recycled fibers (FSC, PEFC and ISO 14001 labels). The product is printed in joy and happiness on Heidelberg printing machines with vegetable-based ink. Furthermore, in order to avoid using plastic, the notebooks are not stored in packaging film but in recycled cardboard.
The artisan workshop
Based in Nantes, France, CALEPINO decided to support the local expertise, to think their approach on an human scale, in a fair way, and to reduce all transport related to the manufacturing of the product. For this, the family business has its artisan workshop installed in a house of the 70s. It is in this place that are printed the notebooks on old typographic presses. The raw cardboard is itself comes from the cardboard factory created at the beginning of the XXth century. Before leaving the workshop, each notebook is individually controlled, then each case is folded and assembled by hand.
The great team
When companies grow, and production tends to increase, the pleasure that comes from the process of making might get lost, turning what was a passion into a daily task. To not let that happen, we are very careful to keep the pleasure we take from creating and making products, and to remain true to our initial intentions, to our ethos and desires of the beginning. We do not seek speed and refuse any rush projects: "Who goes slowly, goes long".
We are Fabrice & Virginie. But also François & the printing team, Moon & David or Germain behind their lenses, Jenn, Alfonso & Co for the studio, François L. and his feather and all the people who contribute directly or indirectly to the existence of Calepino.