The charming, small shop, located at the Lower East Side (LES) is devoted to one single item: pencils. Yes, you heard it right, pencils! Something that, in the digital era we are living, might sound eccentric and unusual.
The shop is a dream come true for Caroline Weaver who was fascinated and in love with this very simple object since her childhood: “I wanted to make the best pencils from around the world available to everyone, as well as make pencils feel special again.”
And they are definitely special!
Caroline travels the world searching for the best ones - France, Germany, Switzerland, India, Portugal, Denmark, Japan, Czech Republic - and she is proud to represent the three remaining pencil factories in the US.
“Most of the companies have long family history in the pencil industry, so there’s a lot of really amazing stories to share. Most of these companies have been around for at least 80 years and are often still family-run.”
The store is Instagram perfect. An example of neatness and organization with the pencils displayed in glass jars with a label telling you their origin.
The topseller,s according Caroline, “…are the Blackwing 602 from Palomino and the Bugle from Musgrave. The 602 is a reproduction of a very famous pencil originally made by Eberhart Faber, is well-known for being an incredibly great quality writing and drawing pencil, and it has a unique look. The Bugle is a best seller simply because it’s a really great inexpensive pencil and has a very old-school, classic look."
Along with the pencils you’ll also find a small selection of erasers, pencil sharpeners and notebooks…but that’s about it. The pencils are really the stars!
I asked Caroline about the customers. Who are they? “Our customers are all kinds of people, from every corner of the world. We have a lot of people who come in simply because they’re curious about a shop that just sells pencils, but we also see a lot of customers who use pencils regularly in their everyday life -students, artists, musicians, basically anyone interested in analog tools.”
Caroline is so passionate about her pencils and I guarantee you’ll fall in love too.
Write it down!
Tuesday – Saturday - 11am – 7pm
Sunday - 12 – 7pm
Closed on Mondays
Location: 100B Forsyth Street
Photo Credit: Courtesy of CW Pencils