Castelli, the Italian notebook and stationery company, was born in Bergamo, Italy. This is in the Lombardy region, which is also home to Milan. This is the global capital of fashion and design. Bergamo itself, particularly the upper district (Known as Città Alta) is rich with art, history and ancient Venetian architecture.
Creative husband and wife duo, Lindo and Maria Castelli began creating notebooks and diaries by hand in their small Italian workshop in 1965. Since then, they have nurtured their family and their brand into the one that we know and love today. Castelli notebooks and diaries boast sleek Italian design, an array of stunning colours and exquisite attention to detail. However, it’s the family’s love of their craft that makes this brand so special. From their ethical process and sourcing of materials; to their admiration of paper as an art form itself.
Materials used by Castelli
Castelli products are made from FSC certified paper. This means the Forest Stewardship Council has certified the paper, making Castelli products a responsibly made and sourced. The FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Certified paper is traceable from source to point of sale, whereas non-certified paper is not. This is better for the environment and the worlds forests.
The Castelli notebooks, journals and diaries are bound in PU fabric, which is a type of faux leather and a synthetic material made from polymer resins. The most common polymer resins that PU fabric is made of are Polycarbonate, Polyether, Polyester. These all have different unique qualities and can be used in combination to get the best looking faux leather. This is then usually lined with a material or fabric in a matching colour – creating the soft and malleable PU fabric perfect for binding Castelli notebooks.
Castelli as a company really value their creative process – and they feel very strongly about the importance of family within their company and value pride in their practice. A quiet workshop allows them to focus on new projects, but other times, they thrive off the sound of a bustling environment. The whole workshop from designers to creators all get to co-exist in the same area where they can all feed off each other’s creativity.
Castelli on Human Rights
Everyone at Castelli is important. As part of their recognition of Human Rights – they vow to treat all employees equally and fairly, regardless of gender, orientation; marital status, age, creed, ethnicity, nationality or physically and mental ability.
The company also refuse business from those with links to governments, businesses or regimes that uphold oppressive ideals or lack support for basic human rights.
Castelli on the Environment
Castelli care about the environment. This is why the products they make are sustainable, through recycling and reduction of waste. The company support other businesses involved in renewable energy, and encourage sustainable living amongst their staff and their clients.
Our Favourite Castelli Products
Pocket Ivory Tucson Diary
One of our favourite diaries that we stock is the “Pocket Ivory Tucson Diary”. It has 160 pages of luxury FSC certified ivory paper, with 15 months available to pencil in dates for. Ideal to keep track of all things from leisure to business. The elastic closure prevents damage and will keep your loose notes safely tucked inside. There is a pen loop, so you’ll never be without a pen; with a ribbon page marker so you never lose your place. Not to mention an internal pocket just to add that sense of grandeur. This stunning notebook is available in graphite, coral red, and china blue, with branding and debossing to the front.
Nature 100% Recyclable Diary
The environment is important to Castelli. They only use responsibly sourced products. The environment is important to us too, that’s why we stock the “Nature 100% Recyclable Diary” by Castelli. Like its name suggests, this diary is 100% recyclable. It comes in two natural colours, green or graphite; has its own internal pocket, ideal for storing notes or scraps in.
Castelli Ivory Tucson Notebook
The stunning “Castelli Ivory Tucson notebook” is 240 pages of pristine, FSC certified, lined ivory paper; perfect for all your notes whether for business or for daily life. This stylish notebook comes with rounded edges, an elastic closure, a pen loop and a ribbon bookmark. The large range of colours is why we love this product; it means we all get to have a notebook in our favourite colour!
While these are our favourites, there are so many great Castelli products to choose from! So if you’re looking for more of a range, then check out our selection!
“Living a life less boring means for us that we want to be endlessly, curiously creative.”Castelli