Japan Shopping: Hermès Tout en Carré Notebook Set

Hermès Narita Airport

Hermès - Narita Airport Duty Free

This was something special I always wanted to have after my good friend Deb revealed her own set to me. After calling the Vancouver Hermès store, I was told there were none available in Canada. Good thing Lady Luck was on my side when we gallivanted around the Duty Free section of the Narita Airport. Of course one of the stores we had to visit was Hermès so after looking around and browsing the store, something caught my eye.

JapanHermesLoot09Obligatory shot of the orange box

It was the only one left in the store so I knew I had to get it. Well, actually we still had some Japanese yen left so we thought might as well spend it. Besides, we’re going to lose some money exchanging it back to Canadian dollars anyway. Really!

So what is it? It’s the Tout en Carré Notebook Set.




The notebooks are nicely laid out in their own slots

This set of 14 individual notebooks is based on one of Hermès’ popular square silk scarves, the Tohu Bohu Carré 90 designed by Claudia Stuhlhofer-Mayr in 2004.


The Tohu Bohu Carré 90

Each notebook provides a different perspective of the scarf.


notepad - 60 x 113 mm


more-or-less A6 notebook - 150 x 113 mm


more-or-less A5 notebook - 210 x 148 mm


tout en longeueur notebook - 203 x 103 mm


more-or-less A4 notebook - 208 x 290 mm

The whole set is actually a puzzle. When each notebook is opened flat out and arranged, the notebooks form the scarf.


Notebooks galore!

I guess one thing I have to decide on is what each notebook will be used for. Any suggestions?

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  1. Deb
    Posted December 12, 2009 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Congrats! I can’t believe you tracked them down in Japan. I think you should use the notebooks to plan future Hermes purchases…

    Actually, if you come up with any good ideas, please let me know. Mine are still sitting in the box, but they should be used.

  2. uyen-chi
    Posted December 12, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Congrats! So cute!

  3. Ernskie
    Posted December 12, 2009 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I know eh. I can’t believe it either that I was able to find them in Japan, let alone at the Duty Free.

    Well, I thought about using one of them wishlists… ha ha ha, one for travel itineraries and one for all-time favourite recipes. I still have to think about the rest.

  4. Ernskie
    Posted December 12, 2009 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks Uyen-Chi! I like the fact that they come in various sizes.

  5. Rebecca
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Lists of all the other things you want to buy there. I think that will cover all the books completely!

  6. Ernskie
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Maybe I should reserve one of the big notebooks for making a list of benefactors who graciously helped me with my wishlist? Would you like to have the honour of being the first one on the list? *wink, wink* ;-)

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