A different kind of
In a fast-paced world dominated by the Internet and
Microsoft, do people still enjoy writing on the paper?
The answer is a definite "yes," according to Penny Lee, a young
Chinese-Australian who opened her first store "Ipluso" specializing in designing
notebooks four months ago.
The small store is tucked away behind phoenix trees on a tranquil street in
the former French Concession area. A combination of Oriental Zen and Italian
modern luxury lifestyle, the store is more like an art studio than a shop
selling all kinds of paper works.
"When I was a little girl, I liked very much writing on the notebooks with
pencils," Lee says. "However, it was rather difficult for me to find a nice
notebook at that time."
That's why Lee opened this small demonstration store as soon as she had the
opportunity. It sells wrapping paper and unconventional stationery as well as
chic gifts that Lee brought back from Thailand. Most of the products are
Designer Lee has discovered novel ways to show people how unique and
practical a notebook can be. For example, a square notebook is wrapped up and
bound by a lengthy elastic strip so that it can be carried as a cute pouch.
Special bamboo material from Thailand is used as the cover while the pages are
made of traditional Chinese rice paper.
Lee makes all the paper at her own factory in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, and
she guarantees that the paper doesn't contain any fluorescence, which is harmful
to the eyes.
The customers are also encouraged to design their own notebooks and
experiment with their own combinations of the covers and the inner pages. For
example, you can choose leather or traditional Chinese silk brocade as the
covers, and hand-made rice paper, brown paper or paper of a bright rainbow
palette as the inner pages.
The finished products for sale are priced from 38 yuan (US$4.8) to 130 yuan,
according to materials and sizes. The customized notebooks cost 180 to 250 yuan
and orders take about two weeks.
Address: 202 Wukang Road