Stationery in LA: 3 spots that will make you want to go analogue

From an early age, my mother always instilled in me the power of a well-timed thank-you note, and even in the last several years—when thank-you notes have sadly transitioned into thank-you texts—I still do my best to put ink to paper, whip out a book of stamps and send a physical letter.

Thankfully, there are people and brands in the world that continue to share my sentiment, and even more convenient for me, several of them are located just in my backyard on the East Side of Los Angeles. Read on for my favorite stationery, card and small gift shops in the city of Angels.


Shorthand is my absolutely favorite stationery store in LA, not only because its only about 10 minutes from my house, but it’s the physical outpost of a local LA printing studio Iron Curtain Press, which makes very cheeky, original greeting cards and other paper goods – not the type of items typical of a mass retailer or drug store. In addition to its own brand, the store stocks items from Rifle Paper Co and hard to find brass desk items from another favorite of mine, German brand, Kaweco. If you’re looking for LA-centric gifts and souvenirs, this is your one stop shop.

5030 York Blvd, Highland Park 90042



Because of my stationery addiction, I’ve travelled to Japan a few times in search of high quality paper products, kawaii erasers and coloured gel pens. Thankfully, one of my beloved Japanese brands recently opened up their first stateside location in DTLA’s Row shopping complex. HIGHTIDE is all about organisation, so its perfect for those who work from home or are otherwise just obsessed with #thingsorganizedneatly. Retro-inspired journals, travel organizers, home goods and desk products all feature, as well as products from Penco, Nahe and Field Notes. Products are merchandised into colour, so it’s easy to get carried away and walk out with six of the same notebook. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

777 Alameda St., Row DTLA, 90012


The Social Type

In Silverlake, the Social Type is ideal for picking up stationery and a few cards, but also has its own line of party supplies and favors like matches and magnets. Founded by Allison Brennan and Jessica Tree, the store is filled with Instagram-fodder like glistening hologram stationery sets and cards shaped like old-timey San Francisco trolley cards. Gift wrap is also an important aspect of the store experience; The Social Type sells its own selection of high quality wrap and even offers gift wrapping services to make gifts even more special.

2522 Sunset Blvd, Silverlake 90026



Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.