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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sneak Peek: Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition with PanAm Accessories

When you're a mile high and looking to channel creatively or merely fly through to-do lists, it feels good to write in first class. Not the section or cabin -- the notebook.

Midori recently announced their newest special edition of the Traveler's Notebook – the Blue edition. Suffice to say, it's classy and features some fun flight-themed customization options. This will be launched in the regular size of the Traveler's Notebook.


The blue leather cover isn't the only special edition product by Midori.... it will be also accompanied by a special collection of accessories all themed after PanAm, the historic U.S. airline. While the Traveler's Notebook didn't exist during the era of PanAm, you can almost imagine the stewardesses and pilots carrying these notebooks on their travels (photoshopped image below).


Among the themed accessories, you'll find two refills (one in graph and one in blank), a zippered pocket insert, two sets of themed stickers (one themed after the PanAm globe logo, the other after the PanAm wings logo), and a blue pen holder with the PanAm logo.

All the PanAm accessories are pictured here
The two notebook refills - one in graph and one with blank pages - are outfitted with PanAm airline graphics of the era.
The zippered pocket insert can hold all kinds of things in the large pocket on the left, and various business cards on the right.

Two sets of PanAm-themed stickers help you customize your Traveler's Notebook to match your personal style.
The PanAm themed pen holder matches the blue leather and keeps your pen snug.
The Blue Edition TN and the PanAm accessories were released in Japan earlier this month, but it won't be arriving into the United States (a.k.a. Goulet Pens) until sometime closer to May. Make sure you sign up for our email notification list on each of these product's pages to be the first to know when they hit our shelves.

So what do you think, does the Blue/PanAm edition strike your fancy?

Write On,
The Goulet Company Team

32 comments:

  1. I really really really want to get this. I loved Pan Am! And I love the Jet Age, the classic America that I was raised in. It also helps that I've been meaning to buy a Midori forever. I love the classic brown leather but come on, it's Pan Am blue, and who want's to be the 1 millionth person to have a regular brown Midori, Pan Am Flight 1967 from LAX to Honolulu is now boarding at Gate Nostalgia, Team Goulet please report to the VIP lounge, and 1st class passengers please step forward to start boarding.

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  2. I really like it. Look, I've owned my travel agency for 30 years - I remember Pan Am. I'll leave it at that for now. Would I buy it? Not now. It's too expensive for me to test the "Midori system." I'm testing the options for me to return to journaling via a pen and paper route.
    I watched your video on how you use the Midori Passport and what options it offers - to me, it seems too busy. Without the "busyness" it's pricy.
    Then again, it's Pan Am, it's gorgeous blue, it's leather. ....

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  3. Good Kenny! This looks like a lot of fun. Plus these are so practical with so many options to customize them. My Midori Passport is my EDC, fully customized. I love it. The paper is awesome, very thin, smooth, no bleed through with nearly every ink and nibs up to 1.5 mm.

    Will all passengers please return their seats and seat trays to their full upright locked position. And please close all inkwells tightly and store them in a leak proof bag or container. We are getting ready to take off.

    Sir! You will have to seal that Diamond 50 cap tightly and put it away, we will be airborne in a few minutes. Is that the new Mini Vac pen?

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  4. I am surprised to see these Pan Am items are going to be sold in the US. I was in Tokyo last year and saw a few Pan Am and Braniff accessories at the Midori Travelers Factory store, but the fine print on the product packaging stated that they were not authorized for sale in the US. I'm guessing there were trademark problems and that now they have been resolved.

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  5. Amazing drawing of Ghandi and love the sentiments. Pretty color ink, I was surprised how easily it was to read it.

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  6. Hahaha! You guys are hilarious!! I'm really excited about this notebook too. I feel like it will age really beautifully. I haven't gotten myself a Midori.... yet! :)

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  7. I hear that, Steven! Some people really love it but it's a larger up front investment in a notebook. The customization part and the fact that it's well made and durable make that a little more manageable. It's not for everyone though! :)

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  8. Hi Isolde! Yeah, we are really happy to be able to carry them. :)

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  9. Hey Kathy! Adam's work is so awesome. I'd never seen this ink in action either- definitely gorgeous. We are throwing around the idea of doing some sort of print making... We'll be sure to keep you in the loop! :)

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  10. Thanks for the heads up on that! We've fixed it now. :)

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  11. Hey Jenn! It's good to hear you are enjoying them. I got to work with a VP for one of my first Monday Matchups and totally fell in love. Pen and ink are really fun to work with so I hope you find a fun class in your area! :)

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  12. You are so welcome, Otter!! :)

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  13. I'm really into this ink now that I've seen it in action. Is it one you've used before? Always good to hear from you, Tom! :)

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  14. Hi Winnie! I always think that yellow inks are going to be too light, but you are totally right about this one. Gorgeous and legible! :)

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  15. I've got two leather Daytimer covers I've resurrected for my journey back to handwriting. The "pocket" sized (not in any pocket I know of) is really nice with a little 6 ring binder in the center. The other is a simple suit jacket "wallet" size - 6 3/4" tall and 4" wide. I'm testing to see what I really will use.
    I'll watch Brian's video again.

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  16. I bought this from The Journal Shop in the UK (I live in the US) because I am impatient. I arrived at my door on the 2nd of April. I absolutely love it! The color is amazing, and the Midori system if exactly what I was looking for. I recommend Midori to anyone who is looking for a new journal. If you are on the fence about buying one, you won't be disappointed. I need to pick up a PanAm blank notebook before it is all said and done. I added a mini review of the paper to reddit, /r/fountainpens and /r/midori if anybody wants to see some (not so good) photos of it. I've only had it for 5 days, but I know that this notebook will be with me for a very long time.

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  17. I have not used this ink yet Madigan. I tried to use Dragon Catfish Orange in a fountain pen but thought it was too hard to read. This is not, it is striking too. Seeing unique inks like this is one of the great things about Monday Matchups. This is an ink I may be adding to my wish list. Dying to see what it looks like with a 1.5 mm stub nib.

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  18. This may be the MTN to push me to finally pick up a Midori notebook.

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  19. I don't sketch, but I am partial to permanent inks. Therefore, I am tickled that GPC is carrying DeAtramentis permanent inks which allows me to mix my own colors. UT burnt orange, black cherry or Tyrian purple are just some colors that I am able to make myself. The possibilities are endless.

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  20. If I didn't already order both the regular size (my appointments calendar) and the Passport size (notes and important information) from you, I'd be ordering now. Just can't justify having three! But it looks SO good! I'm glad to see Midori doing these special editions. I missed the boat (pun intended) on the Star Ferry edition.

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  21. Aissatou SunjataApril 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Am I to understand you can use these inks in your fountain pens?

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  22. I too loved Pan Am. I was on a flight from LAX to Sydney in December of 1968. The plane was held on the ground for a couple of hours in Honolulu, probably (I am guessing) so that our flight path over the South Pacific would come close to the flight path of the Apollo 8 on its return from moon orbit. Better than Disneyland, Brian, seeing that space capsule enter the atmosphere! I was not flying first class, but I remember the lounge area in the back of the cabin and the elegant turkey over puff pastry that they served at the midnight buffet. All in all great service.
    I just may be able to justify a Midori now. It looks gorgeous.

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  23. Absolutely! You don't have to use them for sketching, they are great for writing as well! I'm glad you've enjoyed experimenting. :)

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  24. Hi Aissatou! Yep! You can mix them up and have a permanent ink for your fountain pen. :)

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  25. Glad you are enjoying it Brandon! :)

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  26. Hey Phil! I know... the color is so nice! :)

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  27. Question for the GPC - since we are all about the pen, 'bout the pen, how does the Midori paper hold up against a nice flowing fountain pen? Feathering, bleeding etc?

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  28. Hey Steven! I'm sure you are enjoying the two you have... the blue is so fun though! :)

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  29. Hey Mary! It's actually really great for fountain pen use. With the craft paper you may see a bit of feathering, but other than that you should be good. Have you watched Brian's review? He goes into how it does with FPs at the end. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmUbokv1HzQ

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  30. Mary, Madigan is so right. I find the Midori paper to be super thin yet nearly every ink and pen nib I have used with the paper works perfectly without any bleed through. This includes nibs all the way up to 1.5 mm Lamy or TWSBI. Also about all of my numerous inks work great. Don't know how Midori gets such a thin paper to be so fountain pen friendly but they do it. Their inserts are not cheap, but the quality is very high. I have not used the craft paper yet, but I have the weekly planner and lined, blank, and graph inserts. Brian's videos sold me back when Midori Traveler's Notebooks were first offered. Had my passport size ever since and it is with me every day. I love it.

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