It’s about time I wrote a product review as I’ve been working for Bureau Direct for over 2 years, but when I started here I had absolutely no knowledge of stationery at all. In fact, I remember thinking that I would never get my head around the sheer number of products we stock and trying to learn all of the different envelope sizes was enough to make me break out in a cold sweat. However, slowly but surely the information started to seep into my brain and before I knew it, I’d become a stationery geek….
Although some might argue that there are more exciting products I could have reviewed, I decided to write about something that often gets overlooked, which is our fantastic range of Opera envelopes. It’s amazing the difference that using good quality stationery can make, from switching to a nice pen after years of using throwaway biros, to using a lovely notebook instead of a bog standard pad…So why not switch to gorgeous envelopes too?
Now, as is the case with some of our Lamy pens and Rhodia pads, some of these envelopes are kept in stock and some of them are special order and are only available in boxed quantities, so remember to check the website for information and any lead times. If you’ve never ordered envelopes from us before, be sure to check the sizes first using the very useful chart on our Help page.
Personally, the Vibrant range by Opera is my favourite of their collection, I use the C5 size to send out all my correspondence and colour samples. They are available in all of the popular sizes and come in a great selection of punchy colours including the acid bright Canary Yellow, vivid Pacific Blue and candy coloured Cerise Pink. Made of a superb 120gsm paper with a lovely matte finish and peel and seal closure, they are great value for money and are perfect if like me, you want your stationery to stand out. The great thing about the Vibrant envelopes is that we keep them in stock and they are available in packs of 100, so you can order a few different colours to suit every occasion.
If the Opera Vibrant range is too bright for your needs, the Pastel collection is a good alternative featuring some lovely muted, delicate shades such as Sunlight Yellow and Apple Green. For those of you who like deeper colours, the Intensive range is ideal with 3 classic shades of Claret Red, Oxford Blue and Racing Green.
For more traditional requirements, Opera offer 9 different types of standard style Business envelopes. My top picks include the Premium Pure range which is made from 100% recycled paper and is FSC approved, and the Premium Ultimate is a delicious envelope of the best quality with 135 gsm paper and a really smart white finish.
I never thought I’d use the word delicious about an envelope, but that is what working with stationery does to you. And if you have any questions about the Opera range please feel free to ask, that is what I am here for….