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October 11th, 2019

Clairefontaine Rhodia Acquires Stillman & Birn

Sillman & Birn’s management team announces the acquisition of our company by Clairefontaine Rhodia. We are pleased that our unique mixed media sketchbook system will be nurtured in the future by this renowned and highly respected French paper company. Our connection to the Clairfontaine organization is not new: Stillman & Birn’s paper has always been manufactured by Clairefontaine’s, Schut Paper division. So there will be absolutely no change in our sketchbooks’ paper or in our sketchbook bindings. We thank our customers for your past support and look forward to continue building the Stillman & Birn brand as we become part of the Clairefontaine Rhodia family of products.

 

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CLAIREFONTAINE RHODIA ACQUIRES STILLMAN & BIRN, SKETCHBOOK TRAILBLAZERS SINCE 1958

Exaclair is pleased to announce that Clairefontaine Rhodia, a subsidiary of the French corporate group Exacompta Clairefontaine SA, has acquired Stillman & Birn LLC, a U.S. brand of sketchbooks.
The Stillman & Birn brand has been a key player in the fine arts materials industry in the U.S. for
decades. Its founder was an esteemed Viennese bookbinder and craftsman, Philip Birn (1911 – 2004),
who pioneered the concept of the black hardbound sketchbook from his small plant on Lafayette
Street, Manhattan in 1958.

ABOUT STILLMAN & BIRN SKETCHBOOKS
The Stillman & Birn collection offers artists a unique system of premium sketchbooks designed to
support mixed media, allowing them to choose the paper weight, shade and surface that is best suited
for their media and techniques. The sketchbooks are made with robust, high-performance Schut paper
and are bound in the U.S.

THREE BRANDS, UNITED BY A COMMITMENT TO QUALITY PAPER AND THE ENVIRONMENT
In 1998, Clairefontaine Rhodia acquired Schut Papier, B.V. as a subsidiary of Exacompta
Clairefontaine. The Schut mill has been manufacturing fine paper in the Netherlands since 1618.
Centuries after serving as Rembrandt’s supplier, the mill now works with Clairefontaine to continue to be at the forefront of papermaking, preserving the quality and care that has made them a favorite
among artists and students for almost half a millennium.

Likewise, Stillman & Birn’s corporate culture embraces a tradition of uncompromising quality. It’s a
natural fit for Clairefontaine to add Stillman & Birn to its fine art lines. This acquisition will support a dynamic product development program and a synergy of growth between the three fine art brands, functionally and geographically.

Clairefontaine Rhodia has entrusted Exaclair, Inc., the group’s U.S. distributor since 1984, with the
sales and logistics integration of Stillman & Birn’s operations in North America.

 

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