Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ink Nouveau #19- G. Lalo Vergé de France Stationery
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.
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.
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**Update- we are no longer able to offer sample packs at Gouletpens.com. Sorry about that! (5/31/16)