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Handmade notebooks to write your favorite things

[ From: Cathryn | Published: 2008-09-02 Views: 6097 | Booked times: 65 ]
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Once there was a group of young artists who wished to show the world their skills. So they decided to open a shop. After a while, they wanted to do something unique. So they decided to open a handmade notebook shop. Thus, Xing Mu Shou Gong (May the Mu Family Prosper in English) was born.

I visited its outlet near the famous Drum Tower on the Slanted Pipe Lane.

A young man greeted me. He introduced himself as one of the partners who opened the shop. As we chatted, it was clear that these young people were incredibly passionate about their work. They designed everything inside, from the products to the entrance to the walls. They spent so much time, that it has become their second home.

I flipped through the shops guestbook. The majority of writings contained message from visitors. The rest are responses from the shop owners, so the guestbook communicates both ways.

The young men who opened the shop made all the products themselves, including notebooks, clocks, pens, and bags. For notebooks, they use natural brown paper and cowhide, with various sizes and designs. Most patterns are Chinese folk style.

The notebooks all have an old-fashioned look. They look simple, yet very original.

Customers may ask for custom designs. For example, you may bring a photo to put on the cover of a custom notebook. Prices are affordable, generally from RMB 15 to RMB 300.

What I appreciate:
Old-fashioned feel of the notebooks

What customers appreciate:
Unique product, custom orders, guestbook

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Shopping in Beijing: A notebook store near the drum tower, here you can find very unique and beautiful notebooks