Our story began with a quiet stroll through the quaint streets of Venice one summer's afternoon in 2014. We found ourselves drawn to the charming little paper shops scattered throughout the City, where Italian artisans handmake papers, books and stationery in their picturesque Venetian shops. It was there that our passion for beautiful paper was forged and the foundation for our future paper-inspired journey cemented.

Antica Legatoria Piazzesi, Venice

When starting Paperesque in 2015, our mission was to spread the love and admiration that we had for the artisans and the craftsmanship involved in producing handmade stationery. Working with small family-run businesses in Nepal, India and Italy, we began to develop beautiful ranges of stationery and sheet paper for consumers back in the UK.

Handmade books and paper made from 'lokta' an indigenous Nepalese plant.

Inspired by our talented friends in Nepal and India, we began creating our own handmade books, by using their beautiful papers and taking influence from their bookbinding techniques. Personalising products came naturally to us after this, as our customers began requesting their own fully bespoke products. In 2017 we opened our shop in The Shambles, York and a small workshop just outside of York, where our 4 full-time staff members work to make and distribute our wonderful products.

Personalised books made by Paperesque

All of our products are handmade with love and we are proud to also support smaller economies overseas with the work that we do here in the UK. We are inspired by the stories our products tell and humbled by the opportunity to become involved in so many of our customers special occasions.

The Paperesque Team
(Alexandra, Faye, Jon and Dave)