Field Notes

Retail Additions:

Another Story

July 31st, 2015 by Dawson


Across the world from FIELD NOTES HQ, tucked away on the fourth floor of a gorgeous new mall in Bangkok, you’ll find Another Story. The shop just opened this spring and imports products with a story from around the world, as well as items from local Thai designers.

With a huge collection of clothing, antiques, art, home goods, jewelry, flowers, and a wide range of FIELD NOTES products, you’re guaranteed to find something special at Another Story. There’s even a cafe and bar which we hear is a great place to take a break, sip a glass of wine, and jot down some notes.


Field News · Field Notes In Action:

Two Great Field Notes Fansites

July 23rd, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

We admit, we haven’t been the most diligent bloggers lately, we’ve been busy “makin’ the doughnuts” (and by “doughnuts” we mean “pocket memo books,” but hmm maybe we do need a doughnut edition?). But if you’re itching to read more about FIELD NOTES, and especially our COLORS editions, you might want to check out these two great fan sites:


Jinnie’s great Three Staples features great stationery-related links along with excellent photos and reviews of her FIELD NOTES collection.


Andy at Field Notes Colors has managed to collect all the COLORS editions, and is blogging about each as he uses them. He’s also compiled a complete list of the Practical Applications listed in each book.

If that’s still not enough hot FIELD NOTES action, don’t forget about the Field Nuts group on Facebook (celebrating their two-year anniversary today!), and the Field Notes in the Field tumblr. There are other good independent third-party sites, but we’ll save some for another post. Gotta keep the blog fresh, right?

And remember, you can always get your officially-sanctioned FIELD NOTES info straight from the horse’s mouth via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or pretty much anywhere, using the hashtag #fieldnotesbrand. We can’t express how great it is to see so many customers going out of their way to share their love for FIELD NOTES!

And there’s only one way to be the first to learn about new releases and specials: Join our mailing list! Enter your email in the top-left corner here at!

Retail Additions:

Landing In Lagos

July 23rd, 2015 by Dawson


We’re stoked to be shipping Field Notes to our very first retailer in Nigeria. Located in Lagos, Stranger stocks a nice selection of designer clothing and also serves coffee and tea from the adjoining Magenta Room.

Here’s a brief tongue-in-cheek overview of the store and all of its features.

Retail Additions:

Island Hopping

July 14th, 2015 by Dawson


Summer is finally here and that means BBQs, flip flops and road trips. Here’s a brief roundup of some of our more remote retailers should you find yourself in their neck of the woods during a summer vacation.

Skull Creek General Store on Hilton Head sports a nice selection of coastal gear along with our latest Workshop Companion box set. If you’re planning a Midwest road trip be sure to hop the ferry over to Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. We also suggest picking up a brick or two of fudge before heading back to the mainland. And if you find yourself sunning on the beaches of O’ahu pop in to Oliver and check out their menswear collection. They’re also stocked up on Hawaii County Fair packs if you need more books for your seaside scribbles.

Check out our handy map for more shops to visit this summer.

Colors · Field News:

Two Rivers: Sold Out

July 7th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

Our Spring COLORS, edition, “Two Rivers,” sold out over the weekend. It was one of our favorites to put together, and we’re thrilled to have helped out our friends at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, both with a share of the proceeds from “Two Rivers” and your generous donations (Keep ’em coming!).

Summer’s COLORS edition, “Workshop Companion,” is out now and selling well, grab a box before they’re gone!

We’re temporarily out of Ruled Kraft books and “Expedition” in our shop, but both are on press now, and should be back in stock within a couple weeks. Remember that some FIELD NOTES retailers have stock when we don’t, including recent COLORS editions like Two Rivers.

Field News · Field Notes In Action:

We’ll Drink to… Anything, Really.

July 7th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

FNglassess-smAs you know, most of our best ideas here at FIELD NOTES are conceived over a stiff drink in our luxe, smoke-filled mahogany-paneled conference room. Everything must be just-so to get the creative juices flowing properly, but something was missing… until our pal Justin Atkinson set us up with some FIELD NOTES logo-etched glassware. Now our afternoon Old Overholt-and-Diet Barq’s tastes better than ever. Nope, they’re not for sale, you can’t have one, and we’re not teasing a new product/edition. They’ll probably be smuggled out of the office by the end of the week by our kleptomaniac staff, but we’ll enjoy them while we can, Thanks, Justin! Now we just need to befriend a distillery…

Field News · Field Notes In Action:

Incidental Entomology

July 6th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


This guy snuck into FIELD NOTES’ Midwest HQ today on Michele’s back. After a brief photo shoot, we released him back into Chicago’s verdant West Side. Anyone with fewer than eight legs is welcome to stop by anytime!

Update: FIELD NOTES fan Kelly R. wrote in to let us know that our little friend is a Red Milkweed Beetle.


Your Dad Called.
He Wants One.

June 3rd, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

summer 2015

Our 27th seasonal release for summer is the limited-edition WORKSHOP COMPANION. It’s a special boxed set and it’s available individually and by subscription right now. BTW: Father’s Day is June 21st.

Colors · Partners:

A French Toast

June 2nd, 2015 by Bryan Bedell


Designers know and love French Paper. We love their range of colors and weights. We love their consistent quality. We love their website. We love their whole CSA-directed aesthetic, their 140-year history, and their long-time commitment to the environment and hydroelectric power.


Everyone has a job to do in this world, and some of our jobs are more glamorous than others. Paper manufacturing is not glamorous. It’s messy, dark, often smelly. It would have been easy for Big Ed, or Jerry, or Brian, or Kim French to say “Paper is boring. Paper is not for me,” and go off and try to make a fortune doing something more interesting, but they all threw themselves into their family business 100% and made it interesting, made it fun. They’ve brought more color, more creativity to paper, and bigger companies are still trying to catch up.

We’ve been using French’s 80-lb “Dur-O-Tone Packing Brown Wrap” covers for our kraft memo books since the beginning of FIELD NOTES. And the majority of our COLORS editions feature French paper covers. I ditched my family for a day while visiting Michigan to tour the French paper plant in Niles back in 2009, and it was the highlight of my summer. Brian told me a Notre Dame design student asked to hold her wedding there, and they actually looked into it, but health/safety issues ruled it out.

Do you get excited when a salesperson visits you at work? When Jerry, Brian, or Kim come to our office, it’s like Christmas. And once in a while, the unthinkable happens: they present you with an all-new swatch book. Except this time, it was even better than that. We’ve been lucky enough to get to know French pretty well over the years, and they were kind enough to give us an advance heads-up on their new Kraft-Tone line. We had a headstart on the design of the FIELD NOTES Workshop Companion and our memo books were on press before anyone had even seen the swatch books. When we used up their whole batch of “Standard White” body paper before it was even announced, Brian and Jerry put all hands on deck to make more and get it to us in time. Totally clutch. Thanks to everyone at French, from top to bottom, not only for this Workshop Companion edition, but also for helping our Great Lakes neighbors, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, with Two Rivers, and for everything else they’ve done for us, all the way back.

Field News:

Summer Hours

May 29th, 2015 by Bryan Bedell

IMG_6443If you’re picking up an order or coming to visit our Midwest HQ (in Chicago), please remember we close at 1pm on Fridays through the summer.

Our website is open 24/7, so order online or check our Retail Locations page for other Chicago-area retailers! Enjoy your summer!