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Campo Marzio's Artisan Stationery Comes to the U.S.

Our intrepid correspondent falls in love in Rome, and seals the deal in New York.

Campo Marzio's Artisan Stationery Comes to the U.S.

Late one night, roaming Rome near the Trevi Fountain, I happened upon a little shop that stopped me in my tracks. Its windows full of stationery in glorious color combos — violet and persimmon, navy and marigold — Campo Marzio glowed like a jewel box. I reached for my wallet, but the store was closed.

Back in New York, I did a web search. Good news! This fall, Campo Marzio, which started in 1933 as a source for finely crafted pens, opened its first U.S. outpost, a store-within-a-store at Kate's Paperie in Manhattan. The luscious leather goods and stylish laptop bags that wowed me that Roman night are a subway ride — or a click ( — away. They are affordable too: Leather portfolios start at $25 — not much to pay for a thing of beauty and memories of Italy.

A version of this article appeared in the December 2010/January 2010 issue of Fast Company magazine.