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the ORIGIN

"The cardboard covered notebook was caked in sawdust, from being placed so regularly between the wood plane and the discarded chips. It would to and from between the tools and the my father's workbench, which was in the basement. With his big red pencil, he would draw, trace and plan out his designs, then slide the pad in to the back pocket of his overall."

Neither Hemingway, nor Picasso, nor even Van Gogh ever used a Calepino notebook – and for good reason: CALEPINO is a product of today bearing a timeless surge of quality. Brought to us by Fabrice Richard, the Calepino project was the product of a simple research into functional blueprints. Therefore, after having seen Denmark and discovered a passion for Scandinavian design, the founder of Calepino went to work for a French diary company. After a short spell of web designing, he found a love for paper creation. Thus, the Calepino notebook was born. A traditional yet technical notebook with an authentic vintage spirit. Doing this by privileging a local and responsible production. What guides him? The memory of those notebooks of his father's, and «to create things as I wish they already were;».

... What did we use to remember our thoughts, our ideas, what did we use to draw, to tell stories, to measure? Did we tie knots in our handkerchiefs? Did we write on the palms of our hands? Did we ask pieces of paper to memorize our ideas? We'll never know. All that we know is that we have to go right back to the 15th century to find the original CALEPINO, inspired by the Italian scholar Ambrogio CALEPINO (born in 1435, in Calepio, near Bergame – 1511). This illustrated man devoted his entire life to the making of a multilingual dictionary, a fashionable concept in Europe at the time. But it was under the name of “Calepin” that he became famous in France, before the word “calepin” (notebook) came into common vocabulary, meaning “little book in which you can write down notes".

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