When I was in Florence a month ago, I came across a wonderful store. You had to walk down a few steps from the cobbled street into the coolness of this store. I felt like Ali Baba entering the cave full of treasure.
Signum is a store full of my favorite items : hand bound leather journals, filled with premium white paper and decorated with gold leaf on the cover. Wrapping paper from Cavallini and co with vintage anatomy plates, birds, old maps and writing on them. Vintage postcards and calendars. Paper goods decorated in the Firenze (Florence) style and with the symbol of the city – a fleur de lys – on them. Calligraphy nibs made from vintage ones. Calligraphy ink in all colors. Beautiful, ornate musical boxes featuring la Comedia dell’arte.
This store was like a dream come true for me and I spent so much time there, touching the pages, smelling the leather, feasting on all the gold, aqua and coral colors. I was very happy and I didn’t even think to take a picture of the store!
I brought back these three ink bottles. Honestly, I would have bought so many more, except I have a lot here already! The bottles are so cute. I haven’t opened them because I have some ink to finish forst.And because look at those wax seals! The lady in the store mentionned that there were plastic caps under the wax…so I can’t bring myself to open them.