Ellepi staplers are designed and made in northern Italy—a place synonymous wtih high quality and great style. These staplers appeal to all of the senses, since the designers play with color, shape, materials, and texture. This all comes together to create something that is more than just a tool, but a true desk accessory. Striking, strong, and functional, Ellepi staplers live up to their reputation.Read the brand story
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- Includes 1000 staples
- 16 sheet capacity
- Throat depth 1.75"
- 6" L x 0.5" W x 2.5" D
- Metal with a high gloss finish
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The Brand Story
Ellepi started, coincidentally, at a rival stationery company. Founder Oscar Lepre was working for a competitor when he left to start his own company in 1977. He was already familiar with the industry and the market, but felt that it was missing something: creativity. Ellepi designer Manuela Novati tells us that this visionary wanted a company that focused on both safety and design: “He believed in the philosophy of always applying research and curiosity.” And this passion for good, beautiful design has carried through to today. Manuela says, “Our philosophy is about finding inspiration from observation—like from the arts. It’s something that is shared with us from our founder.” So, Ellepi sponsors art events, concerts and exhibitions, as well as fellowships and grants with universities. Ellepi has grown since its first began, and now produces stapler removers, hole punchers, clips, bookends and other stationery accessories.
When designing, Manuela thinks beyond utility: “The philosophy behind the search for new design was to merge functionality of the objects with nice shapes.” This thoughtfulness is embedded in the company’s roots. When Oscar designed one of the early staplers, which resembles a whale, he drew inspiration from his love for the sea and sea creatures. A newer collection was inspired by what some would call trash. Seeing discarded metals that had rusted in the rain, Manuela says, “The company came up with this idea for a unique look. And each one is unique, one of a kind.” All the products are assembled in northern Italy. Ellepi sources its steel from several Italian suppliers, such as Metal Chinica Modenese, and once built, “every single piece is tested—manually tested.” To top it all off, Ellepi only works with certified green manufacturers, and is currently developing recycle-based packaging.
[A special thanks to Sweet Bella for giving Zady access to Ellepi.]
The History of the Stapler
By now, we all know that Ellepi does staplers well. The designers take the time to craft a product that is beautiful, tasteful and long-lasting. But in the end, it must be functional. Man did not always have the luxury of the stapler. In fact, the first stapler was made in the 18th century for King Louis XV of France. Each stapler was handmade, and every staple bore the royal court’s insignia. During the 19th century, paper use spread, which necessitated a better fastening mechanism: Cue the staple and stapler, patented in the United States in 1866 and 1867, respectively, by George McGill. This led to the McGill Single-Stroke Staple Press 12 years later. While this early model was not portable—at a whopping two and a half pounds—it did the trick. Then it was up to brands like Ellepi to perfect and refine. Which we think they did quite well.