Swedish manufacturer of ballpoint pens Ballograf has added a chain and stand to one of its OG designs so you can just set it up on your desk and live your life like a professional for once.

  • Doiy

    Salami Notes

    To-do lists and reminders are banal enough as it is - why not try make things a little more interesting and novel at least through the paper you write them on. Voila, Salami-style note paper.

  • CB2

    Cork Globe

    Probably more suited to a permanent residence on a desk than in a pencil case, this cork globe is a dope addition to any office-related set up. Track your globetrotting past and future or just use it as an unsuual cork board.

  • CB2

    Staple-Free Stapler

    Keep your shit together with a stapler. This one doesn't even use staples, it doesn't need them. Using some wizardry we will never understand it cuts a hole in the paper and loops it together so you'll never be in left in the lurch by one that runs on peasant staples.

  • UNI

    Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil

    Uni Kuru Toga High Grade is a premium version of the fantastic Kuru Toga self-sharpening mechanical pencil. I know what you're thinking right, as if there even could be a more premium version! Well now there is.

  • HAY

    Laptop Brush

    Another item from Danish brand HAY is this, arguably much more useful, laptop brush. Don't just try and remove the crumbs and debris that have fallen through your keyboard by blowing on it - that's both ineffective and disgusting. Pick up one of these brushes to do the job for you.

  • Kaweco

    Liliput Fountain Pen

    Perhaps one of the classiest inclusions in our Buyer's Guide is this Kaweco Liliput Fountain pen. At just over 3.8 inches, it's one of the smallest fountain pens on the market while still accepting standard sized cartridges.

  • Maison Martin Margiela

    Feather Pen

    If a traditional fountain pen is too restrained for you, try something a little more out-there from the kings of avant garde, Maison Martin Margiela. This ballpoint pen has been crafted using a single white duck feather for ultimate extravagance.

  • MUJI

    Polyethylene Pencil Case

    Although this might look like the kind of item you'd find from Maison Martin Margiela, it's actually from high-street retail destination MUJI. The zip-closer pencil case is crafted from the same plastic used for mailing bags for durability and weatherproofing.

  • Poketo

    Marble Blank Notebook

    Marble has been one of the biggest trends of the year and it shows no signs of slowing down. Jump on board with these undeniably classy marble-print notebooks, in either black or white.

  • Great Little Trading Co.

    Blue Personalized Pencils

    Feel like a total don, (and seek out all those who insist on borrowing your pencils and never returning them), with these personalized pencils. These lead pencils feature silver-blocked lettering and tops, all arriving in a matching cardboard box.

  • Papier Tigre

    Pack of 6 Greeting Cards

    Handwritten letters and notes are fast becoming a rarity, which makes receiving one all the more special. Use these made-in-France high-quality paper cards and envelopes to get your point across.

Back To School Week August, 27 2014

Back to School Week | Buyer’s Guide: Stationery for the Upcoming School Year

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Following Denim WeekWorld Cup Month and Festival Week, we finish the summer holidays with Back to School WeekTo help make the switch from endless sunny days and warm nights to waking up at a reasonable hour and having responsibilities easier, we’ve produced a number of pieces focusing on this yearly transition.

I’ll forever think of the yearly cycle in academic terms. This means that every time September rolls around I feel an innate desire to buy a whole new set of clothes. Oh no, that’s just every month. September does feel like a fresh start though, whether you’re returning to school, college, university – whatever you call it – or not. And stationery was always my favorite thing to purchase in the lead up to the start of the new academic year. You can’t roll up to a new class full of people with chewed-up Biros and worn down pencils – please. Check out the range we’ve compiled above and take your pick, because whether you’re in education or not it feels real good getting out some fresh writing tools to work with.

See the rest of our Back to School Week features here.