Ink Nouveau #19- G. Lalo Vergé de France Stationery

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.

Link to YouTube for iPhones and full-screen.

**Update- we are no longer able to offer sample packs at Gouletpens.com. Sorry about that! (5/31/16)

2017-10-06T18:02:24+00:00 March 25th, 2010|Paper Reviews|12 Comments
  • Sidney

    There is a big gap in the timeline, 1618 – 1920.

  • Ink Nouveau

    Right you are. Sorry if I wasn't clear – the company G. Lalo didn't start until 1920, but the mill they use has been around since 1618. I found a lot more information about the history of the mill and G. Lalo at this site: http://www.inscriber.com.au/pages/brands-g-lalo-a-parisian-social-stationery-manufacturer-since-1920.
    Hope this helps!

  • Mark

    The "laid" texture is from the "mould and deckle" that is used to make the paper. In the case here, the mould is made of metal wires, they create the lines and texture. It has nothing to do with the drying process.
    FWIW, when you talk about "deckle" edges, its from the frame called the deckle that goes around the mould. In Japanese paper making, the tools are called Suketa and it is a woven bamboo Mould giving similar textures and lines.

  • MIKE

    That was a really interesting review. Definitely want to try the green lined envelopes to go with Lierre Sauvage.

  • Patrick Barnes

    Godd info. I recieved a pad of the blue paper and envelopes as a Christmas gift. My daughter purchased it at Dromgoole's in Houston. Really nice paper. I try to use blue inks with it. So far I've used Herbin's Bleu de Nuit,Noodler's Blue,Noodler's Texas Bluebonnet and Noodler's Midnight Blue which is closer to BB than Blue. I really like the paper and not having to lick the envelopes is also a plus. Keep the vids coming.
    Thank you,
    Pat Barnes

  • Patrick Barnes

    Godd info. I recieved a pad of the blue paper and envelopes as a Christmas gift. My daughter purchased it at Dromgoole's in Houston. Really nice paper. I try to use blue inks with it. So far I've used Herbin's Bleu de Nuit,Noodler's Blue,Noodler's Texas Bluebonnet and Noodler's Midnight Blue which is closer to BB than Blue. I really like the paper and not having to lick the envelopes is also a plus. Keep the vids coming.
    Thank you,
    Pat Barnes

  • Ink Nouveau

    Right you are. Sorry if I wasn't clear – the company G. Lalo didn't start until 1920, but the mill they use has been around since 1618. I found a lot more information about the history of the mill and G. Lalo at this site: http://www.inscriber.com.au/pages/brands-g-lalo-a-parisian-social-stationery-manufacturer-since-1920.
    Hope this helps!

  • Iain

    I am still a traditional letter writer to my friends and have been using Verge de France paper, most commonly the A$ size in blue or white for the last 3 or 4 years. i have always enjoyed the feel of the paper when writing on it. I am fortunate enough to own a large Montblanc fountain pen which always, always has Montblanc black ink in it, and I also love to watch the ink as it leaves the nib onto the paper, watching it change from being shiny and glossy to matte on the paper when it is dry.

  • Thanks so much for the additional info! I clearly have more to learn when it comes to making paper 😉

  • This paper usually is an acquired taste when it comes to its texture, and it seems that you and your friends have indeed acquired a taste for it 😉 I'm glad you're enjoying it so much!

  • Breck

    Cyclamen: in my experience (horticulturist) cyclamen
    is invariably pronounced sigh'-clah-men.

  • Thanks for the clarification…where were you two and a half years ago when I made the video? 😉