Started in 2013, Paper Republic manufacture their own leather journals and accessories. As every entrepreneur was working on developing apps, founder Jérôme Bacquias decided to take a more traditional approach and invested in paper.
“I created paper republic six years ago, and to be honest, I’m not sure if at that time I had a very clear idea of what I was doing. I had just quit my job and was about to become a father. I had no experience whatsoever with paper or leather. Everyone was creating apps and I was betting on paper. Companies were outsourcing to China and I was committed to producing in Europe. The only thing I knew is that I wanted my freedom back: the freedom do things that I thought were right, to be accountable for my successes and failures, and to find a meaning in what I was doing.” says Jérôme.
The company stands for stunning vegetable-tanned, full-grain soft cow leather. The leather is bought directly from family-run tanneries in Italy, which only natural, non-chemical extracts. This ancestral tanning is a slow and artisanal process: it takes on average two months to tan and dye a cow hide. The vegetable-tanning means that the color and texture of the leather have a natural look and develop a unique patina overt time.
The writing paper used in Paper Republic notebooks is made in a Swedish paper mill. It is acid-free, wood-free FSC-certified 80 gsm natural paper with a cream color and a soft touch.