NAMBAN is a Lisbon based company making artisanal stationery, run by two architects. NAMBAN notebooks are produced by hand in Portugal using traditional Japanese binding. The company works with expert craftsmen and small local industries to produce the highest quality stationery items.
The brand is highly focused on the quality of its products and on the exclusivity of its designs. Each book is folded, bound and finished by hand.
“In 1543, the Portuguese arrived in Kyusho, becoming the first Europeans to reach Japan. They were called Namban jin or southern barbarians, a name commonly given to foreigners. From that time onwards, the word Namban was used
to describe the most varied cultural and artistic expressions which arose due to the Portuguese presence in Japan, which lasted for about one century.
Today, the notebooks, produced by hand in Portugal, using Japanese binding, are themselves a bond with the ancient Japan. They represent oriental aesthetics, going beyond the meaning of a utilitarian notebook.”
(Excerpt from NAMBAN’s website.)