Featuring a sensuous silky finish and a bold, iridescent color pallet like no other, So...Silk is an exciting new line of paper at LCI Paper. With colors like Glamour Green, Fashion Purple, and Vanity Pearl, the idea behind So...Silk is to "dress your projects in luxury and elegance" - and that it does.
So...Silk is made in Italy by world renowned fine paper manufacturer Gruppo Cordenons. I recently had the the opportunity to speak with Gruppo's Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Mike Santillo, about this exciting new line. As I was eager to learn more about So...Silk, Mike was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions I had about this exquisite paper.
A copy of the interview can be found below.
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When was the So...Silk line launched?
So...Silk was officially launched as part of the Boutique line in March 2010 here in the Unite States. The extravaganza took place at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in New York City. It is a part of the Boutique line; a line of cool colors and amazing materials in the new range of textile papers from Gruppo Cordenons.
Will you tell me more about this Boutique Line?
Boutique, the new range or papers, is inspired from the fashion world and from the tactile and visual sensations of fabric. Within the Boutique line, there are three individual lines.
- So...Silk is a special silk-like paper characterized by a particularly soft touch and by a light iridescence, that, depending on the observation angle, will have a subtle color shift.
- So...Jeans is a felt marked paper, made with cotton fibers, with a special off-line treatment on the surface that gives a particular denim effect. It really looks like jeans.
- So...Wool is a proper fabric paper made with both wool and cotton fibers. Together they create a distinguishable texture and a special toothy touch. It's like someone took your favorite wool sweater and turned it into paper.
From what you have seen, what has been consumers' general reaction to So...Silk?
So far the response has been great! With three weight options - 81 pound text, 92 pound cover, and 130 pound cover - and eight fashionable colors to choose from, it's hard to pass up. The distinct surface has a silky eloquent look. Join this with the soft and surprisingly supple body of the sheet and you have a winning combination that's hard to resist.
Note: LCI only carries 130 pound cover.
|Beauty Pink||Black Style|
|Fair Blue||Fashion Purple|
|Glamour Green||Shocking Green|
|Vanity Pearl||White Silk|
Have you seen any popular trends in the uses of So...Silk?
So...Silk tends to move in the direction of social announcements, invitations and envelopes like many of our products. We also see the line being used in a variety of other markets as well, such as packaging and commercial printing.
What is responsible for So...Silk's amazing finish?
Being manufactured in Italy, the secret is in the sauce. Cordenons produces coatings that are technologically challenging. The ingredients make it soft and smooth.
Like all Gruppo papers, I assume So...Silk is manufactured with eco-conscious practices as well?
Yes, all Gruppo Cordenons' products are recyclable, and more than 80% of our cellulose comes from either ISO 14001 or FSC-certified companies to guarantee that our pulp comes only from responsibly-managed forests. 100% of our mills' energy needs are met from clean-burning natural gas. In addition, all of Cordenons' products are manufactured in an ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free) environment.
Like most Cordenons' products, So...Silk is acid free, pH neutral, archival in quality, and utilizes chlorine free pulp. Our products are also certified heavy metal free.
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Thanks to Mike Santillo for taking the time to provide more information about the So...Silk paper line.