The team at Studio Pens have had a busy 2020! A move to new, larger premises in February has allowed Ian and Nikki to expand their stockholding capacity to meet the demand from Kaweco’s ever-growing UK customer base, and over the summer they have also taken on 2 additional brands - Esterbrook and Parafernalia.
Studio Pens are excited to have become the UK distributor for iconic US pen brand Esterbrook. Much of America’s history has been written and created with Esterbrook pens - U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation with their Esterbrook pens, John F. Kennedy signed documents that promised to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth with his, famous Disney artist Carl Banks brought Donald Duck to life with an Esterbrook No 356, and Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz used the No 914 for all his comics. All the while, millions of students grew up learning to write using Esterbrook pens. It is fair to say that these visionaries and artists helped Esterbrook to become an integrated part of America’s politics and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Having ceased trading in the 1970s, in 2018 Esterbrook was revived by Kenro Industries to write its next chapter. Esterbrook still stands for what it always has: entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding quality at a great value, and creative designs that made the original Esterbrook brand an American icon and global player.
Studio Pens have also become the UK distributor for Parafernalia. Parafernalia is an Italian design brand founded in 1968. The company philosophy is to create unique objects that stand out from the crowd. Parafernalia designs combine creativity, style, modern aesthetics and Italian functionality. Originality, innovation, and "MADE IN ITALY" are trademarks of the brand. Parafernalia was born in Brera, Milan, as a store specialising in the sale of objects and the importation of gadgets from London. It soon became a meeting place for designers, with whom Parafernalia started collaborations for the production of its own objects. The production of writing instruments began in the 1970s, when the magazine Domus asked Parafernalia to design and make a pen for its special edition magazine. The designer was Sergio Carpani, and the pen was the AL 13. All of the components in Parafernalia pens are produced and assembled in Italy, with the exception of the refills, which are from Schmidt (Germany).