WHAT IS MONSIEUR NOTEBOOK?
We have designed a series of leather notebooks and sketchbooks, combining charm and function. Our covers are made from one single piece of thick hide, and are inherently strong and flexible. You shouldn't have to buy a leather cover to protect your notebook. Monsieur Notebooks have a leather cover to protect your ideas.
Retailing at a truly affordable price, we have wide variety of choices, from a teeny weeny A7 Mini-Monsieur, to an epic A4 landscape sketchbook. We personally chose our raw materials; we picked high quality acid-free papers, and our leathers reveal the natural scent and grain of the hide.
In the two years since we launched we've listened to our customers and fine-tuned our products, whilst maintaining high standards of material sourcing and manufacturing throughout - but we're always open to suggestions!
SO WHY ARE YOU ON INDIEGOGO?
We currently sell our notebooks to distributors in Australia, Germany and Turkey. We have now signed a contract for the USA and Canada, with the famous book distributor Independent Publisher's Guild.
In a very short space of time, we have moved from batch production, to full-time manufacture. We are currently at our manufacturing capacity, and need to meet minimum orders to justify expansion with our manufacturers.
As a growing company, all of our funds are reinvested into stock. We need a little help to kickstart our venture in new markets, as we must place orders for stock months in advance of our books hitting shop shelves.
We won't be taking from existing stock for our new customers - we have to manufacture new notebooks from scratch!
WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR
- FIRST GOAL - $5000 - Another Edge Squaring Machine - This doubles our capacity to square off the spines of our books!
- $5000+ - We'll be using the money to build up stock to allow us to enter the US and Canadian markets. Before you can buy our notebooks on the shop shelves, we have to have them manufactured, packaged, shipped and distributed!
- We're also hoping to create some new Point-Of-Sale display units for our retailers, to suit a wider range of environments.
THE BENEFITS OF INDIEGOGO
We're not just here to raise funds; we're launching off IndieGoGo in conjunction with our ongoing business. We also really wanted to raise awareness of our products through one of the most innovative social-media and entreprenurial networks in the world. A lot of our growth has come from word of mouth, through blogs and retailers letting their customers know about our lovely products. We'd love to get you all talking about Monsieur, and create the buzz about us heading Stateside!
Tell your friends and family; blog, tweet and snapchat! Monsieur's coming to the New World!
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR COMPANY!
Ed - Oversees the supply-chain - incessant list-maker
Tom - Implements plans - appalling handwriting, great ink doodles
During his university holidays Tom explored India, where he spotted the beautiful handcrafted journals popular with travellers and backpackers.
Tom loved the raw materials they used, and set out to incorporate them into his own functional, versatile and hardwearing notebook. He felt that common brands available back home were overpriced, and lacked the authenticity of a worthy journal. He wanted to make a notebook with a personal touch, that would last for years and keep his notes and drawings safe.
Tom produced samples in the beautiful lake city of Udaipur, and tested the market in Bristol (his University town), and at Brick Lane market, London. After a further 18 months R&D, vetting suppliers and formulating plans, our company was launched in late 2011. By Spring 2012 Monsieur Notebook caught the interest of Waterstones, the UK book retailer, and signed distribution for Australia and Germany. Excited, but also terrified, Tom realised that he needed some help!
Ed joined Monsieur Notebook in early 2013, to help build our company infrastructure, grow the brand and spread the word about the goodness of Monsieur.
After a successful first 2 years of trading, we now feel we're ready to move to the next step, and bring Monsieur to a shop near you, wherever you are in the world!
HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY WORK?
Maintaining an efficient supply-chain is the backbone of any import/export company. This is the most important aspect of our company, and what we have spent most of the last two years developing. We have a hand in every part of our supply-chain - so don't worry, you'll get your books. Look, we'll show you - here's where it gets complicated!
WHAT WILL WE GET IF WE PLEDGE?
If you support this IndieGoGo campaign, you will be able to be one of the first to buy a Monsieur Notebook across the pond (or anywhere in the World, for that matter) at a special IndieGoGo price. Not only this, but if you wish you can get your notebook laser engraved with a design or your name, or have your books blind embossed for your company.
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THIS, TELL ME ABOUT THE LASER ENGRAVING PERK!
Laser Engraving is a process where a laser ‘burns’ or ‘etches’ a design into the top layer of the leather. This produces a lot of smoke and dust (not normally this much but we wanted some extra drama for our campaign), but once you’ve given the book a quick clean, you can see the awesome effect it has; the subtlety of the lines, the change and contrast in texture, and of course the visual impact of the image itself.
We've been laser engraving our books with your designs through our online competition for the last couple of years. As one of our perks, you can now have your books laser engraved as well!
YOUR PICTURES ARE NICE, BUT CAN I SEE SOME REVIEWS OF YOUR NOTEBOOKS?
Field Notes Blog
Notebook Loves Pen
Office Supply Geek
The Well-Appointed Desk
Letters and Journals Magazine!
Write to me Often!
Kalem Malem 1
Kalem Malem 2
- What are the Delivery Times?
Around 21 days. If you're in Europe, a lot less. If you're next to a major city in the USA, probably 2 weeks. If you're up a mountain near Timbuktu, likely 3 weeks.
- What if my book isn't in stock?
We'll contact you with other choices, or do our best to get it back into stock.
- What if my notebook doesn't arrive?
If after 3 weeks still no notebook, contact us at email@example.com
- What are these crazy A5 and A6 sizes?
European paper sizes - A5 / 21x14.8cm / 8 x 6"
A6 / 14.8 x 10.5 / 6 x 4".
- How do I choose my book size and type?
We'll email you a form within 24 hours.
- How do I get my laser engraving?
We'll email you a form within 24 hours. That'll clear it all up!
- How do I contact you?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE MONSIEUR I CAN SEE?
VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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