The National Stationery Show wraps up in NYC today, and while I wasn’t able to attend in person this year, I’ve been tracking the goings-on from afar. A standout was the introduction of new planners from two of my favorite stationery companies (and people), Sugar Paper and Appointed. If you love a good planner — and dream of an elegantly organized life — as much as I do, you’ll want to track these down when they arrive in stores.
Sugar Paper A wildly successful multi-year stationery collaboration with Target taught Sugar Paper’s Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker a lot about the world of planners. They’ve taken the best details and feedback from their Target line and developed an in-house Sugar Paper agenda for 2017. Covered in chambray, the agenda boasts gold-fold accents — including a much-obsessed over gold for the wire ring — and has tabbed indexes by month, as well as sections in the back to track birthdays and thank-you notes. While simple and chic on its own, team Sugar Paper has also added Italian leather accessories — including an agenda cover in pink, with personalization available! — to make your workday just a bit prettier. Pretty is good: pretty and organized is even better.
The Sugar Paper agenda launches fall 2016.
Appointed Designer Suann Song’s year-old line of notebooks and accessories, all manufactured in the US, hits my aesthetic sweet spot. So I’m very happy to announce that 2017 marks the addition of a weekly planner to the Appointed lineup. Suann extensively researched (and prototyped) the design, and her thoughtfulness shows. The weekly notebook planner is the perfect minimalist’s resource, with details like grid paper (for neater handwriting), easy to review month-at-a-glance pages, a list of key holidays for reference, and a section at the back for notes. The cover is made from water resistant book cloth, offered in a choice of three colors.
Appointed also launched a binder version of the planner at the show: the binder system allows for the ultimate in customization, offering inserts for day views, budget, project and meal planning, as well as dividers to keep everything perfectly in its place. Suann has a knack for melding simplicity to functionality, and I’m excited to see where she takes the utilitarian luxe® desktop as Appointed continues to grow.
Appointed’s planners are available to pre-order now; shipping starts June 1.
image credits: sugar paper product photos courtesy of chelsea shukov; appointed product photos courtesy of suann song. layout and type by jane potrykus