Esmie was founded in 2009 by designer Kim Harrup-Brook. Kim's passion is print making - she spent her three years at University in 2000 honing her skills in time-honoured traditions including letterpress printing, etching, silk screen printing and bookbinding - graduating with a first class degree in 2003.
After a year of worldwide travel - drawing inspiration from other cultures - Kim began her career developing products for a traditional bookbinders in the heart of London. Over several years she gained invaluable experience creating hand-bound products and social stationery ranges sold in UK/European boutique stores including Liberty of London - as well as working on brand collaborations and on a one-to-one basis designing stationery for private individuals.
In 2009 Kim decided to pursue her passion for the art of bookbinding, and hand-printing processes by combining time-honoured binding & printing techniques with contemporary design in the creation of ESMIE - Elegant Stationery Made In England.
Esmie began with an elegant range of engraved social stationery - all designed by Kim - inspired greatly by Japanese woodblock prints. Utterly consumed by the beauty of Japanese design and woodblock printing, Kim began sourcing specialist print studios in Kyoto, Japan. The heart of the most exquisite Japanese design and print-making.
Kim now selects designs from their extraordinary archives - and the studios hand silk screen print our select colorways onto large sheets of washi paper. We use these papers as the covering material for the majority of our products ranges.
Since 2009 Esmie has established itself as a luxury stationery brand within the UK and across the world, our products are sold in many stores including the world famous Liberty department store in London through to small hand-picked boutiques.
We hope our obsession with hand-crafted techniques and their inherent beautiful tactile qualities are translated and enjoyed through our products – whether it is through a hand written note to a loved one, or the joy of collating all of your favourite memories in words or photographs.