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MILLS

It is our mission to continue to travel the world in search of the most intriguing and best performing papers - from delicate handmade papers that reveal striking texture and color with every sheet to the most technologically advanced digital printing papers produced today.

Following are just some of the mills that we represent.  In addition to these, we have over 40 other mills all over the world with whom we work on a regular basis to have papers made to our, and our customers', specifications.

Friday
Dec092011

Arches

Made with an understanding passed down through five centuries, Arches papers are a testament to the papermaker's art. Some of their papers have become household names, including BFK Rives, Arches Cover and Johannot.

We've been working with the Arches mill for over 30 years, having made many trips to see the mill and understand its capabilities.


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Friday
Dec092011

Arjowiggins Creative Papers

Arjowiggins Creative Papers is a manufactuer of high quality creative papers including the Curious Collection.

We're proud to offer Curious Metallics and Curious Skin.  Both papers feature strong color harmonies and provide designers with a fresh and high impact approach to packaging, communication and design materials.

Friday
Apr062012

Bertini

Grafica Bertini was founded in 1901 in Florence, Italy by Oreste Bertini and is still owned and operated by his descendants.

The extensive line of decorative papers was inspired by traditional Florentine designs of the Renaissance but also includes contemporary alternatives with more modern and innovative subjects.

Until 1950 the papers were printed using hand lithography, but are now produced by offset printing techniques. The process can include up to 6 colors plus the use of powdered gold which is added in the final manufacturing stage and is unique to the Bertini papers.

We're proud to have been their US distributors for the past two decades.

Friday
Apr062012

Cartiere Magnani

Following the finest traditions of papermaking, Magnani's name has become synonymous with the production of paper since 1404 (not a typo).  Always well known in Italy, the Magnani name became known internationally in the late 18th century when their papers became a hallmark of quality and luxury.  

While technologies have certainly changed in the past 600 years, at Magnani old knowledge and avant-garde technologies work hand in hand.  Today, they produce some of the top performing artist papers available including Pescia, Revere and Arturo.  They’re also widely known for their ability to create custom papers to meet almost any fine paper need.

We’re proud to have worked with them for over a decade, making countless trips to Tuscany (a hardship, we know) to continue to learn their capabilities and share with them our customers’ needs.

Friday
Apr062012

Celloglas

Mirri, a division of Celloglas, has been a leading brand since the early 70’s, specializing in producing quality decorative materials on board, card and paper. Distributed worldwide across a number of markets including packaging, publishing and social stationery, Mirri is widely recognized by brands and designers as a tool to communicate quality, innovation and brand category leadership.

Metallic silvers, golds and colors, holographics and iridescent are just some of the effects available in the Mirri range. From the brightness and reflectivity of Mirri H to the sheer “How did they do that?” factor created by their holographic range. Mirri offers a solution for all projects that want to get noticed.

Friday
Apr062012

Coveris

Coveris Advanced Coatings is a world leader in the manufacture of coated paper, film, and specialty substrates for imaging technologies.

Based in Massachusetts, they have  earned a reputation for producing innovative, highly effective digital imaging products for the inkjet printing market, including Museo, a range of high-end photo papers we are proud to distribute.

Friday
Apr062012

Fabriano

The invention of paper is traditionally attributed to the Chinese, but it was actually the Arabs who, after having learned the rudiments of manufacture and made a few improvements, spread the new product throughout the west. It was a long, arduous process that was completed in the second half of the 13th century in the Italian town of Fabriano.

The growing ability of the increasingly numerous and qualified artisans in Fabriano allowed them to make a real leap in terms of quality. Three innovations in particular led to the rise of Fabriano as the cradle of modern papermaking: watermarking, the hammer mill and the use of animal gelatin for surface sizing.

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Friday
Mar142014

Favini

A company with a long history of innovation in paper manufacturing, Favini is a world leader in the market of industrial release paper and has significant market share in specialty paper with market leading products for the fashion, design and other luxury industries.

Favini has two manufacturing sites in Italy, near Venice and Milan, employing a total of 500 people.

Favini has always paid attention to ecology. In the 90s, Favini patented Shiro Alga Carta, eco-friendly paper made ​​from algae. In October 2012, Favini launched CRUSH, a break through paper made with by-products from organic products (corn, citrus and kiwi fruits, olives, almonds, hazelnuts and coffee beans) replacing as much as 15% of traditional wood pulps.

Favini’s entire production process is scrupulously ecological; the cellulose used comes solely from regulated, well managed crops and is whitened using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) methods. Both of Favini’s production facilities comply with the UNI EN ISO 9001, UNI EN ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. www.favini.com 

Friday
Mar142014

Fedrigoni

Fedrigoni Group is one of Europe’s largest and most established special paper enterprises. Through our portfolio of five key, integrated companies, we manufacture and distribute a wide range of fine quality, technically advanced paper and paper related products. We are a global enterprise, with subsidiaries in seven countries. Through our network of distribution partners, we supply products to more than 100 countries all over the world. 

Friday
Apr062012

Gmund

GMUND is a small paper mill, specializing in luxurious text and cover papers. The firm was founded in 1829 to create high-quality handmade papers. Today, GMUND is owned by the Kohler family, still using the venerable paper machine installed in 1883, still devoted to the tradition of producing fine papers for extraordinary applications. GMUND develops papers for the designer market.

They are often innovative, in terms of palette and finish. The mill still runs its original paper machine at the low speed of 14 to 48 meters per minute, achieving quality levels that cannot be reached on modern high-speed equipment.

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Friday
Apr062012

Gruppo Cordenons

The earliest records of “Cartiera de Cordenons” paper mill date back to 1630. In 1730, the mill became the official supplier to the Republic of Venice per order of the Senate of the Doges (Dukes) of Venice.

The Cordenons mill continued its reputation of producing the highest quality fine paper for centuries when, in 1984, the mill was purchased by its current owners, the Gilberti family. The Gilberti family completely renovated the mill to its current state-of-the-art facility, committed to the tradition of producing the highest-quality fine papers available.

Today, Gruppo Cordenons is a mill with whom we work very closely. We're proud distributors of many of their papers including Stardream, Plike, Malmero Perle and Canaletto

Friday
Apr062012

James Cropper

James Cropper Speciality Paper is the UK’s only truly bespoke specialty paper manufacturer of any scale and one of the world's foremost makers of coloured paper.

Located in the historic English Lake District, they have been making some of the world’s finest papers since 1845. With seemingly endless possibilities for combinations of color, texture and weight, Cropper is a mill with whom we work closely on many custom projects.

Friday
Apr062012

Japanese Papermakers

Washi, the Japanese word for paper, has played an integral role in Japanese culture for over l400 years. Hand-papermaking in Japan is a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation usually within the same family. The selection and preparation of the fibers, the construction of the mould, along with the actual formation of the sheets are essential aspects of each paper's character and require many years of devoted study before it is mastered.

Kozo, gampi and mitsumata, native fibers, are most commonly used to produce the sheets which are known for their remarkable strength even when the sheets are very thin, because of the resilience and length of the fibers. The diverse climates and altitudes of Japan in which the fiber is grown produce papers with different qualities. Because of this, certain prefectures have been renowned for centuries for the unique characteristics of their paper.

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Friday
Apr062012

Lana

In the year 1590, Demenge Harlachol founded a paper mill in the Vosges area near a Gallo-Roman settlement named "Villa LANA". He was the first master craftsman for paper manufacturing at LANA. His successors as paper makers acquired a name for themselves through their performance in the production of watermark papers, authentic rag papers and special papers in the 17th and 18th centuries. In subsequent years, special projects included the paper for the Gutenberg Bible and the first issue of the works of Voltaire.

Having worked with Lana for over two decades, we are proud to be their exclusive US distributor for the world renowned Lanaquarelle watercolor paper.

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Friday
Apr062012

Mohawk

Mohawk was founded in 1931 in upstate New York, where the Hudson and Mohawk rivers come together. Here generations of papermakers honed their craft on fine papers for letterpress printers in the northeastern US.

The company was started when George O'Connor acquired the Frank Gilbert Paper Company at the beginning of the Great Depression. From this modest origin, Mohawk has grown through careful management and investment over three generations of the O'Connor family, and today the company is a thriving business with a global presence and expanding markets.

For Legion, Mohawk is a great resource for many of our custom papers.

Friday
Apr062012

Neenah Paper

Headquartered near Altanta, GA, Neenah Paper is entirely focused on the premium paper market. We are committed to producing only superior quality products and developing new technologies that meet the needs of designers, consumers, printers and merchants and ensure that paper remains a vital and vibrant medium of expression.

Neenah Paper has built a tradition of innovation, service and growth since its founding in 1873 in Neenah, WI. Now with three paper machines, the Neenah Mill represents over a century of paper making heritage – a heritage that combines time-honored craftsmanship with advanced technology.

Their brands are among the most recognized in the US paper industry. Legion Paper is proud to distribute Lettra, their 100% cotton paper created for the letterpress market

Friday
Apr062012

Other American Mills

While we pride ourselves on working with paper mills around the world, there's a special place in our hearts for papers made in the USA. Legion Paper has been supporting US mills for over forty years. Some our most popular artist papers were created at American mills and continue to be produced domestically. Names like Stonehenge, Lenox, Coventry and Rising continue to be among the highest quality, most popular and recognized papers available today.

As the number of these mills dwindles into the single digits, it's more important than ever to us to continue to show our support, to help them push the limits of their capabilities and work together to create papers that will help keep American papermaking strong for generations to come.

Friday
Apr062012

Other Asian Mills

While Japanese artist papers are the most well-known, many other Asian countries have long and storied papermaking traditions. In our pursuit of the most interesting and top performing papers, we've worked with mills in China, Korea, Nepal, the Phillippines and Thailand.

Each country brings its own rich traditions and centuries-old expertise. These papermakers range from small companies making handmade paper in countryside villages to state of the art papermills run by PhD's. We do our best to know the capabilities of each and work with them to create papers for our customers.

Friday
Apr062012

Rossi

Rossi 1931 is a family owned company founded in 1931. Through three generations of Rossis, the company has evolved into a modern factory producing some of the world's finest decorative papers.

Rooted in tradition but open to the world and to innovative ideas; influenced by nearby Florence with its beauty, its art and its cosmopolitism has been of great significance for the development of the company.

Many designs have changed over the years, what has not changed is the high quality of all components and of the items themselves, the great care in the creation, production and packaging. It is their factory near Florence that the synthesis of creativity, artisan skills and technical ability becomes reality.


Friday
Apr062012

St. Cuthbert's Mill

Surrounded by green fields and quiet country lanes of the English countryside, in the beautiful county of Somerset, the St. Cuthberts Mill has been making paper on the same site since the 1700’s.

St Cuthberts Mill is fortunate to have one of the few remaining Cylinder Mould Machines left in the world. It is now over 100 years old, and was originally built in 1907. Their master papermakers are experts in manufacturing high quality mouldmade papers that are archival, and visually very beautiful. This is evident in every sheet of Somerset, Saunders Waterford and Bockingford.

Legion paper is pleased to have worked with St Cuthberts to develop the expanded line of Somerset printing, digital, watercolor and drawing papers, and is their exclusive distributor in the United States.