Welcome to the fifth edition of my Supporting Small Businesses series. Lockdown has started to lift here in Wales, but these small companies still need our help. I’m sure you won’t be surprised that I’m featuring another stationery company, but I promise I do buy other things!
Last year, a very good American pen friend of mine sent me a letter on some gorgeous stationery which immediately made me want to get some for myself. I couldn’t find it anywhere here in the UK and while I found it on Etsy the postage pretty much pushed it out of my price range, so it was a no-go.
Recently, Pen Heaven launched a giveaway on Facebook featuring three exquisite Kartos sets. Kartos is the brand of the gorgeous stationery I have coveted for so long. I entered the giveaway, but just couldn’t leave it to chance… I rushed to their website and purchased two of the writing sets.
Kartos stationery is made in Italy. Their designs are wonderful and classy, but my favourite is Florentia. The Kartos Florentia stationery features the traditional Florentine motif in striking colours and gold detailing on cream. I picked the Florentia set of 10 Medium Cards & Envelopes Set and the Florentia B5 Writing Set.
The Florentia 10 Medium Cards & Envelopes Set comes in a lovely box featuring the Florentia design. The cards are 135mm x 85mm on a 200gsm smooth cream card. The design acts as a border on the front of the cards with space to write on the front too. The inside of the cards is blank and the name of the design (Florentia), the Kartos logo and company details are on the back. The Florentia design can be found on the inside of the envelope, making it a nice surprise when the recipient opens it.
The Florentia B5 Writing Set comes in a card portfolio and has 10 sheets of paper with 10 matching envelopes. The Florentia design decorates the top-left and bottom-right corners of the paper and there’s plenty of space to write your letter. The sheets of paper are on 90gsm smooth cream paper, 180mm x 250mm in size and are best folded into thirds to fit into the supplied envelopes. Again, the striking Florentia design can be found on the inside of the envelopes.
Fountain pens work well on both the cards and the paper. Both sets look great and they add that special something to any letter.
Pen Heaven sells everything from pens (fountain, rollerball, multifunctional, calligraphy etc) and inks to paper (writing paper, notebooks, leather journals, Filofax Organisers and diaries) and stationery-related gifts. They also offer an engraving service (handy for that special gift). Ordering was simple, delivery was free and it only took a couple of days for my order to arrive. What more could you ask for?
Please note: I bought these items with my own money and I am in no way affiliated with Pen Heaven.