Back-to-school season is upon us, though it's likely to be happening from home for most people. From the ultimate pencil case to work from home slippers, our Homecoming: Preparing for a Back-to-School at Home hub is a virtual class in new-age school essentials.
Let's all take a moment to collectively pity those who think anyone over the age of 12 is too old for a pencil case. Far from for-children-only, this is a toolkit that can be configured to suit both your life and personality and, to be honest, it's the best part of the whole going back-to-school thing. With the world outside seemingly going down in flames, it's important to find joy in the little things. Stationery is one of those things.
Whether you're one of the few that are heading back to an actual, physical college or gearing up for recommencing renaissance history lectures via Zoom, we've put together the pencil case of our dreams, from options for new cases right down to the added extras that 2020 has made essential. Hand sanitizer being one, if we really have to spell it out.
Dive into our ultimate pencil case below.
Smythson Mara Pencil Case
Who knew pencil cases could be opulent? Smythson did.
Porter Yoshida x Wacko Maria Type-2 Case
While not strictly a pencil case, this Porter Yoshida x Wacko Maria travel case will happily store your pens and pencils when needed. And when vacations happen again, just throw them out and replace them with your miniature grooming goods.
This NEIGHBORHOOD. organizer is a briefcase for modern times. Just try to ignore the inside's "Have a good trip" message through the tears.
Human Made PVC Case
There's almost a military kit vibe to this Human Made carry case, which looks way more durable than your stay-home surroundings are going to require.
Pilot Fude Makase Brush Pen
Believe it or not, Japan's Pilot has been in the stationery business for more than 100 years, and its brush pens are ideal for turning your thoughts into beautiful diagrams. Fude Makase also translates to "a brush you trust." Sold.
Tom Dixon Cog Pencil
Tom Dixon is a master in luxe homeware, and this extends to stationery. Made from solid brass, this mechanical pencil will make you feel sophisticated, even if you're working in your underwear.
Field Notes Space Pen
If you aren't convinced that stationery can be exciting yet, we've got something up our sleeve. Something being this Space Pen by Field Notes, which will write underwater, in extreme temperatures, and where there's zero gravity.
When you're that convinced about an idea that you need it permanently noted, a Sharpie is perfect. The Bodega branding is just a nice little extra.
Pilot Erasable Highlighter
And when you're less convinced, this highlighter boasts erasing capabilities.
Supreme Mechanical Pencil
Kaweco AL Pencil
While we don't really have any idea of how long working from home is going to last, you may return to school one day. If you're this way inclined, you might want to be prepared to flex on classmates.
Artek Folding Ruler
You probably won't ever need a ruler this big. But it sure does look cool.
A gold-colored pair of scissors is the luxury stationery item that you deserve.
This moldable eraser looks more fun to play with than actually correcting stuff. The perfect procrastination/stress-relieving tool.
The 2020 Essentials
Brain Dead Hand Sanitizer
Who'd have thought last year that 2020's ultimate back-to-school pencil case would include hand sanitizer? Times have indeed changed, and this is now vital. If you're quick, you can still get your hands on a bottle by Brain Dead.
Grown Alchemist Hand Cream
Vanilla, Orange Peel Hand Cream
All that sanitizing takes its toll on hands, so we're taking hand cream to school, too.
Aesop Lip Balm
Protective Lip Balm SPF 30
It's not just hands taking a beating right now. Face masks are drying out lips all over the planet, so make sure you're stocked up on balm.
Bodega Sticker Pack
Because you're never too old for stickers.
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