May 13, 2014 • Kim Baker
Los Angeles, Calif.
1. When and how did you start working in this business?
I started Ginko Papers in 1999 but have been an avid stationery collector, giver and fan since my early childhood. Around five years old, I started off by making cards and putting them on the doormats of my friends who lived in the same apartment building as I did.
2. What is your signature style?
The Ginko Papers signature look is based on our love of modern Japanese stationery. The look is fun, bright, popping, whimsical, but above all else, functional.
3. What are your most popular stationery offerings?
Our biggest selling item is our Japanese paper tape called FunTape. The patterns range from cute to modern. The tape comes in a different widths. Surprisingly the biggest seller now is the thinnest tape of all, measuring under a ¼-inch wide.
4. Please share the direction your line will be taking.
We are always increasing our affordable pop-up card line and our small gift items. Buyers often ask for small gift items and our more popular items have been our pencil bags and zippered pouches (Mini Bags). We increased the Mini Bag collection for the spring line showing at NSS.
5. What are your top three tips for success?
Stay excited about the products and the line. Keep the love alive!
Treat people well. It can never hurt.
Be open to every buyer; you never know where the big orders will come from.