Hi, friends! We’ve received a couple of messages regarding the recent acquisition of Stillman & Birn by Clairefontaine Rhodia. Some of you expressed concern about what this means for the quality of the paper in S&B sketchbooks, about whether it will change or suffer because of it. Customers of popular notebook companies that have been acquired in the past have seen the quality of their products decline, so we understand why some may approach this news with caution.
The reality of the situation is that Stillman & Birn has been associated with Clairefontaine since its beginnings. The paper in their sketchbooks is made in the historic Schut mill, which was bought by Clairefontaine Rhodia in 1998. This acquisition didn’t change anything about S&B sketchbook paper then, so there is no reason for this recent acquisition to change that now. We remain committed to championing and preserving their quality and have no intention of infringing on a great product that artists and students love. The sketchbooks will continue to be made with robust, high-performance Schut paper and bound in the USA, the same way they’ve always been.
The one change you should expect is wider distribution of Stillman & Birn across Europe.
We hope this puts your mind at ease and are happy to answer any further questions.