Saturday, September 6, 2008
From Karen Doherty - Vice President, Marketing Exaclair, Inc on the Rhodia Webnotebook.
"We imported a few from France to bring to the Chicago Pen Show last May. A number of people had also emailed us looking for them.
We decided not to import them, because they were not made with Clairefontaine paper, but paper from Japan or Singapore. It is very good paper, but not Clairefontaine paper. We did not want to confuse the brand in people's minds with several different kinds of paper for Rhodia products.
So instead we asked our parent company to make Rhodia Webnotebooks with Clairefontaine paper (like the rest of the Rhodia pads). The Clairefontaine management agreed.
The Rhodia Webnotebooks sold in the US will be made with Clairefontaine paper. I don't have an exact date, but I expect the first shipment to arrive in late fall.
The ePure notebooks will NOT be made with Clairefontaine paper, so we will not be importing them. We will, however, special order them for stores or individuals. However, there is a sizable minimum (at least one case pack of 5 or 10--I can't remember) and they'll take about three months to arrive from France by ship.
You can see the webnotebooks on http://bloc-rhodia.fr."
Maybe THESE will be the Moleskine Killer.....
And why do we need a Moleskine replacement? Moleskines are great journals for most people's needs, but for those of us, (and there are a LOT of us) that write with fountain pens, the Moleskine paper is substandard. It's too thin to accept most fountain pen inks which end up bleeding and feathering. Hundreds of beautiful inks at our disposal and we can't use them in the Moleskine? I can't wait to check out the new Webnotebook.