Designed to Awe
and Inspire

We create unique objects and personal items that inspire creativity and personal expression in everyday life. Beautifully designed and remarkably functional, every product we create is tied together by our commitment to making the ordinary, extraordinary.

Our Beliefs

Innovative Design

Our creative philosophy is simple: If its appearance doesn’t inspire awe, and its functionality doesn’t lead to an enhanced experience, we have no desire to make it. We want to make it better.

Fine Craftsmanship

Driven by a respect and passion for anything made mindfully and made well, our high craftsmanship standards and rigorous quality control procedures inform every manufacturing decision we make.

Doing Our Part

Aiding the underserved and helping people the world over to reach their peak potential is a core part of the Hartley & Marks ethos and a driving force behind our business practices.

History

1972

Hartley & Marks began as Cloudburst Press in an old log cabin in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Our founder, Victor L. Marks, compiled Cloudburst: A Handbook of Rural Skills and Technology, an essay collection focused on country living and our very first publication.

1972–1992

We continued in publishing, producing well-received books in a wide range of fields including architecture, alternative health and design, including a leading work on typography. During this time, Cloudburst Press evolved into Hartley & Marks Publishers.

1992–Today

We introduced Paperblanks, our flagship line of bound blank journals. Our first collection was a simple “line list” of covers featuring reproductions of botanical illustrations, watercolour paintings and Edo-era screens and scrolls. Today we continue to uphold our standards of design and craftsmanship through our ever-evolving Paperblanks collections, as well as the offerings from our three other brands.

Classically elegant journals and diaries

Classic art and design meets modern technology

Enchanting multiflame candles

Everyday essentials: notebooks and cahiers

Find Us All Around the World

Hartley & Marks is now a global company. We have kept our headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, and added offices in Dublin, Sydney and Kyoto, as well. You can find our products for purchase in every corner of the globe.

Our Team

Everything accomplished by Hartley & Marks is a direct result of the passion, talent and diversity of our team.
We push the boundaries of design because we all share the same philosophy of making the ordinary, extraordinary.

At the drafting table
Connecting with teammates around the world
Testing our UV printer
Taking a moment to plan and reflect
Mapping out a new project
Working together on cover designs