Sunny Huang from ExaClair was nice enough to send me some new G. Lalo stationery to review!
At top is a tablet of Vergé de France A5 tablet paper in a soft pink. The outside cover has sort of a holograph effect—when you tilt it in the light, it turns bluish-purple. G. Lalo paper is known for the horizontal lines that go across the page; these are the byproduct of the manufacturing technique used in creating “laid paper” like this. You can feel the texture under your nib as you write, which is why everyone always recommends writing with a medium to broad pen. If you use something thin, it’s liable to skip or become squiggly or blocky because of the lines. I think the pink looks great with J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis ink.
Below that is a correspondence card, which is a thick single card with no folds. There’s little space to write on, so it’s kind of a luxury given how expensive stamps are now. G. Lalo cards are heavier than Crane & Co., I’m noticing—these feel close in weight to scrapbooking cardstock. They do absorb the ink and create a slightly thicker line than you might expect from your pen. These have a paper airplane and heart motif embossed at the top, which I love, because I’m going through a letterpress phase right now and am amazed at some of the designs that are out there. The ink matches the aqua envelope, but it looks metallic to me, almost like it’s foiled. You can also see the toothiness of the paper where I’ve torn it at the corner.
Finally, I got to try G. Lalo’s double bordered correspondence cards in a really cool shade of hydrangea and gray. These are slick and almost feel like wall calendar paper. I couldn’t figure out which pen or ink to use because I was afraid it would slide right off. They do seem to be meant for fountain pens, however, because it dried quickly and didn’t smudge. I’ve included a picture of the G. Lalo hallmark embossing that comes on every envelope. I’d never gotten to write on this brand before, but I have pen pals who send me letters on it, so I’m used to seeing that mark on the envelope. :) I will say that I really like that the envelopes are lined—whenever I send out letters on Crane & Co., I cringe a little because I can see right through the sealed envelope and read what’s inside!
Thanks a bunch, Sunny, I had fun reviewing these! You can buy the Vergé de France 50-page tablets at Goulet Pen Company and the packets of correspondence cards around the web.