THAT’S A WRAP, y’all! The Third World Tour was SLAMMIN’. We added 7 new countries and traveled over 100,000 miles. We’ve now hunted for lo-fi goods in 28 different countries, released 36 STMT Kits, and been travelin’ nonstop for over 40 consecutive months. And best of all? You’ve told us time and again over this past World Tour that you think the kits are just getting better. So POP THAT BUBBLY! Bootyclappin’ goin’ down this month to celebrate all the awesomeness (and coffee) from the past 3 cycles.
RAH keeps growing (yay!) and lots of amazing opportunities are opening up for us. And we’re gonna explore ALL THE RAD. We’re gonna host workshops with some cool folks, we’re gonna put together some pop-in shops, we’re gonna release our first ever RAH-branded notebook (with a brand y’all already LOVE). The way we see it, there’s only one direction, one way to go – and that’s up. And in order to get there and bring every RAHstr along for the ride, we’re makin’ some changes…
The RAH World Tour is now a 10-month cycle. WHAT?! What does this mean? Yearly Subscriptions are switchin’ up. Goodbye, June and December issues! We’ll no longer be introducing new STMT Kits during those months (but other goodies? Stay tuned…). Going forward, new Yearly Subscribers get all 10 kits in the cycle (and um, bonus! It knocks’ $46 off the price!). If you are a current Yearly Subscriber, you’re still gonna receive 12 kits (you think we’d leave ya hangin’?). Semester Subscriptions and Quarterly Subscriptions stay the same – and Single Kits are still available. Check out our Subscription page for more info!
We recognize how special RAH is – we get to do what we love and have kickass RAHStrs supporting us every step of the World Tour. We’re gonna continue writing letters to everyone, we’re gonna keep improving the STMT Kits, we’re gonna invest more love into everything we put out. Let us know how you’re feelin’ ‘bout these changes, because your feedback always helps shape our growth!
Buckle up for the Fourth World Tour, y’all – we’re throwin’ back the pisco sours and ready to go!
Hold onto your britches, RAHstrs! We’re stoked to unveil our beautifully re-designed website! CHECK US OUT!
Cleaner, easier to navigate, big pictures showcasin’ those hot hot lo-fi goods. We’ve streamlined shopping categories, so it’s easier for you to find the goods you want. And why yes, it is mobile friendly!
What’s stayed the same? If you had an account on our old site, it’s still there. So get hoppin’ and check out the new radness! (Oh, and AS ALWAYS – if you find something that doesn’t work or you think could use improvement, hit us up! We love hearin’ from ya.)
This month marks the end of our Third World Tour (what??? crazy, we know!) – and Argentina hooked it up. Surprised to find that this country was ALL about the glue. We spied so many different types, but couldn’t resist this lil’ super beauty. It’ll glue up wood, ceramics, metal, glass… pretty much anything you can throw at it will stick! Plus, it looks so purty next to that phat black pen.
(And um, hellooooo! Look at those notebooks! Silkscreened covers reppin’ Eva and Juan, and filled with sunny-yellow pages that matched the Argentinian weather. How could we resist?)
The excitement of adding a pin to the RAH World Tour map never wears off. We made the pins with colored tape, neon labels, and sewing pins. Red for our 1st World Tour, orange for the 2nd, and green for the 3rd.
And although we super love our map from Knock, we so badly want the World Map designed by Oliver Jeffers. Are two maps overkill? Do you have a world map that records where you’ve visited?
This year we added 7 countries new to the RAH World Tour and now it’s time to plan our 4th World Tour! Wanna join us?
You know the drill – only question is, which kit is servin’ up deals this month. The only one worthy of those fountain pens, of course! The fly-ass, color-poppin’ STMT X France!
With those gorgeous fountain pens up for grabs, we HAD to feature this kit. The jewel-bright notebook is fountain-pen friendly, AND the Seyes ruled sheets are designed specifically for practicing penmanship! Plus, it was one of our RAHstrs’ favorites, too!
"There were so many hidden details and notes that my favorite part of the kit was unwrapping it!" – Alexandra Tengco
The plastic fantastic love continues! We spied these mini fountain pens in Italy – but don’t be fooled, these lil’ gems were “fabriqué en France” in the 80’s. Made entirely of plastic (minus the nibs), they’re sportin’ 80’s design details that we love. And the colors… helloooo pastel and neon!
And best yet – we managed to snag 3 different styles!! They’re up in our shop, along with sooo many other goodies we’ve picked up literally all over the world.
Something we’ve learned on the World Tour – even super well-known countries can surprise you. We expected to find gold-leaf-dusted notebooks pourin’ out the doors of every Italian office supply shops – but turns out, that’s not actually Italy’s jam. The daily-diet goods? They be rockin’ a slick high-gloss style all their own. Like the Italian-icon pen we found – made of 100% plastic. Lo-fi style that’s winning awards? What’s NOT to love!
Hello, Italia! But wait… why doesn’t every dude look like he belongs on the Italian World Cup Football team? Totally disappointed… I’m crushed. I crossed my fingers and toes that this sad discovery wasn’t a bad omen for our sourcing trip.
We chose Milan. Why Milan? Helloooooo… Inter Milan! Milan is about new-school aesthetics. It’s about high fashion – it’s slicked back and flossin’. People struttin’ the streets like they be workin’ the catwalk for Prada or Gucci. They know how to work it – I mean they WORK it!
But wait. Why doesn’t every stationary shop have aisles and aisles of notebooks made of thick cotton-rag sheets, with covers rockin’ patterns made of feathers, flowers, trumpets, and gold? I mean TONS of gold. Where are all the Missoni-ish notebooks? Why aren’t students blinged out with gold-leaf-dusted notebooks? Why?? All the fancy handmade Italian paper I spy all over the States… turns out it’s NOT a part of the Italian’s daily-diet office supplies.
What I DID discover? The current trend in notebooks is a glossy cover in one color – super simple. No fancy graphics or a D&G sized logo covering the front.
After hunting high and low, we scored – what a 60’s x 80’s love child would look like as a notebook. The bold and graphic patterns, the bright colors, the slick glossy cover that could pass for plastic… I knew they were perfect for our Italy Kit. I love how the notebooks are so 80’s yet you can totally see the 60’s Italian mod fashion influence.
Turned the corner and WHAM! Spied blue pens that matched the notebooks! And even better, learned that they’re an award-winning Italian design icon that EVERYONE in Italy uses. BOOM! Instant hi-fivin’. But still had one item to score. We needed a Mystery Item – and the shop owner hooked it up! He said he had an antique. Intrigued… we waited as he pulled drawer after drawer until he burst out with a yell and a clap. He pulled out a stash of vintage vinyl letter transfer sheets. LOVE ‘em. I pick them up whenever I can, but we’ve never found a big enough stash for a kit.
Milan threw us for a bit of a loop – but we knew that wow-in-yo-face moment would come (I mean, come on, the Milanese are so design and fashion conscious!). And we did! The Plastic Fantastic love we discovered in Milan? Get ready to WORK it.
If you’ve checked out STMT X Finland, you know we scored some sweet-ass notebooks. BUT did you know we also snagged some extra booty? Notebooks with a TON of pages, and a super cool detail – every other page is lined!
Polkka Jamm’s notebooks are made in Finland from 100% recycled cardboard – which, in itself, pretty cool. Add on those graphics?? Come ON! It doesn’t get better. But you know what REALLY sold us on Polkka Jam? Their design philosophy ::
“Sometimes small and quiet things turn out to be something exciting and spectacular when you take a closer look” – Kristiina Haapalainen, Polkka Jam
We LOVE hookin’ up with rad companies to create custom goods. How ‘bout them custom Rad Bags for Los Gatos Gordos MTO Scooter Rally! Vespa-ridin’ badasses scored Rally pencils, a Super Sergi red proofing pencil, a Milan eraser, and custom notebook.
You got a school fundraiser, holiday party, expo in need of swag – we got your back. Shoot us an email and we’ll start brainstormin’!
THE “THIS KIT’S THE SHIT” SALE
A monthly 4-day event, our “This Kit’s the Shit” Sale” features one of our FAVORITE kits for just $16 (plus shipping and handling). And yup, newsletter subscribers get the scoop a full day earlier than everyone else!
STMT X Portugal lives up to its acronym – PRT (Pretty Rad Thing). A floral-scented pencil, super-sleek black notebook, and a pack of colorful thumb tacks – really, how do we pick a fave?
"These flower-scented pencils from Portugal are an example of the offerings of Rad and Hungry, a Seattle e-commerce startup that curates and sells limited edition office supplies from around the world as a subscription service." – Upstart Business Journal
"am I wrong for thinking the notebook is sexy?!" – Prema Trettin