Once upon a time, the paper Verge was made by hand in huge vats. Today, they make the same paper according to traditional methods but with modern techniques. Verge paper is made at the 400-year-old Papierfabriek Schut in the Netherlands, using the same natural spring water from the Heelsum spring that they’ve been using since 1618. In the video I used strange wording, so I’ll clarify here. The paper mill started up in 1618, and it wasn’t until the 1700’s when the Schut family purchased the mill.
G. Lalo started making stationery in 1920. It all started with Georges Lalo in Paris. Throughout the years, the quality and elegance of its products led it to be ‘de rigueur’ in most of the royal courts of Europe. My mother-in-law actually remembers seeing G. Lalo stores in Paris when she studied abroad in college. In 1998, G. Lalo was acquired by Clairefontaine, though all the G. Lalo paper is still made in the Schut mill in the Netherlands.
Verge paper has the look and feel of handmade paper. It even has the grid of parallel translucent lines (“vergeures”) made as the paper was laid to dry. These grids are very helpful as guides for handwriting. There are vertical watermark lines running down the paper that you can see when you hold it up to the light. On the large White and Ivory sheet, there is even a G. Lalo logo watermark in the center of the sheet (only visible if held up to the light).
It is 100g weight, which is short for 100gsm, grams per square meter. One square meter of the paper weighs 100 grams, which is on the thicker end of most papers. The higher the ‘g’, the thicker the paper. Though this doesn’t necessarily mean it will prevent bleedthrough, it’s generally a pretty good place to start. The Vergé paper performs wonderfully, I haven’t yet been able to induce feathering or bleedthrough of any kind.
The Vergé de France stationery line is offered in 12 colors: white, blue, pistachio, rose, champagne, turquoise, grey, lavender, ivory, apricot, yellow, and graphite grey. There are two different sizes of tablets (with corresponding envelopes), an A4 size that’s 8.25″ x 11.75″ (envelopes are 4.25″ x 8.5″), and an A5 size that’s 5.75″ x 8.25″ (envelopes are 4.5″ x 6.25″). Both sizes of tablets come with 50 sheets per tablet, and envelopes come in packs of 25 for the adhesive-backed ones (white, blue, rose, champagne, turquoise, grey, ivory, and graphite grey), and the others come in packs of 20 with gummed backs (white, blue, pistachio, rose, champagne, turquoise, lavender, ivory, apricot, and yellow). Just a fun little fact here, the ivory Vergé paper is same paper used in the Exacompta Sketchbooks.
The large sheets trifold to fit into the large envelopes, and the small sheets bifold to fit into the small envelopes. The most fun thing about this paper is all the different colors. You can mix and match the colored paper with different ink colors to get neat effects. It brings the personal touch of handwritten correspondence to a whole new level. It’s a very toothy, textured paper, a whole different writing experience than smooth Clairefontaine paper.
All-in-all, this Vergé de France stationery is some of the nicest, classiest paper I’ve ever seen. It’s a super-premium product, and will be sure to get the attention of whomever receives it. It’s fun to use, and even more fun to receive!
G. Lalo Vergé de France stationery is available at The Goulet Pen Company, as well as other fine retailers.
**Update- we are no longer able to offer sample packs at Gouletpens.com. Sorry about that! (5/31/16)