About ITO Bindery

Ito Bindery Shop Asakusa, Tokyo

In a short film produced by ITO Bindery, anonymous hands slot geometrically precise blocks in layers, and stickers describing the products are applied with just the hand and the eye. You see only simple tools at work: a paintbrush, a butter knife, and a metal ruler; book glue and two skilled hands. Everything is assembled and packed manually with exacting care.

Founded by Haruo Ito in 1938, ITO Bindery traded as a simple bookbinding business named Hakucho-do. When the business passed to Ito’s son, Toshio, in the late 1980s, the business changed a little too, adopting its current name.
It wasn’t until 2009 that ITO Bindery began developing the notepads that we know and love today, but they were almost immediate successes. Their sobriety belies a deft originality, the kind that comes from following an idea from beginning to end with thought and method.

Ito’s care, delicacy and precision match our own, and we’re glad to have become one of their first supporters in the Netherlands in 2016. We have them on display in our shop in Amsterdam, and available online both nationally and internationally.

Nice to see you here,
but we'd love to meet
in person too


Monday - Saturday
10.30 - 18.00

12.00 - 18.00


Elandsgracht 59, Amsterdam

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Misc Store supports
climate change solutions
& plants a tree for every order

Importing from countries as far as Japan & shipping worldwide has more of an impact than we would like.
That is why we plant a tree for every order + we plant an additional 2 trees each day.

Furthermore, we offset the individual carbon footprint of our staff, including travel per individual under 8,000 km by car or 2 short-haul return flights annually, by funding climate change solutions through Ecologi.

Investing in projects focused on carbon avoidance is not the same as simply buying carbon offset certificates, that is why we have chosen to work with Ecologi.

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Climate projects supported by Misc Store

Using waste biomass to produce electricity in Chile

Small scale onshore wind in India

Protecting lowland peat forest in Indonesia

Producing electricity from solar energy in Vietnam

Protecting and restoring forests in Papua New Guinea

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