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    TSL Custom Petite Tote

    TSL Custom Petite Tote
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    We just received new parcels from TSL. It always feels like Christmas when our mailman carries TSL signature cardboard boxes into our studio! The whole team usually cheers with welcoming smiles. ...

    On the quest for life well lived and loved

    On the quest for life well lived and loved
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    We just came back from our beach camping trip with family and friends. While being out there... camping, jumping into the waves, watching kids grow their confidence to scooter around the campsite, and...

    Summer Reading

    Summer Reading
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    One of my favorite part of the morning routine with Satchi and Coco has been our read-aloud time. We took a break from doing it for the last few months due to...

    Afternoon is for daydreaming

    Afternoon is for daydreaming
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    Slowly, I am starting to find a pocket of time here and there to ground myself. Summer feels like it just began, yet, the vibe around here feels like we...

    Back home!

    Back home!
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    After two weeks, I am happy to report that we are safely back home in California! After having a very full month, you would think we will be exhausted but all the...

    Time

    Time
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    One of my favorite elements of traveling is the ability to see the concept of time differently. I am especially paying close attention to how it feels "not" to have pre-determined...

    "The Journey is the Destination" Notebook

    "The Journey is the Destination" Notebook
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    Since I arrived in Michigan, I have been using "The Journey is the Destination" notebook that was produced to celebrate BKxTSL Inspiration Lab. Every design opportunity we get at BK, our...

    TSL Shop Coat

    TSL Shop Coat
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    We had a lot of Inspiration Lab attendees inquiring reg. the TSL white Shop Coat Kawai-san was wearing. Yanai-san recently got in touch with me and mentioned that we could...

    TSL Pop-Up Shop // available now!

    TSL Pop-Up Shop // available now!
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    I am excited to share that we will be hosting TSL Pop-Up Shop both physically and virtually for the month of July as a part of our BKxTSL Inspiration Lab...

    Time away

    Time away
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    Greetings from Michigan. When I planned this Michigan trip to visit our friend Susan, I thought the timing might be too close to BKxTSL Inspiration Lab as we said good-bye...

    Seeing a collaboration project come through: [TSLxBK] Porter

    Seeing a collaboration project come through: [TSLxBK] Porter
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    We started working on this unique collaboration project when TSL family was visiting us for the first BKxTSL Inspiration Lab in May 2018. First, It was a conversation over lunch,...

    Putting the shop back together!

    Putting the shop back together!
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    When we have a big event like last weekend, we literally take our studio/shop space apart to accommodate the occasion. Yesterday, we started putting the shop display back together. It...

    BK neighborhood: Tacos Poncitlan

    BK neighborhood: Tacos Poncitlan
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    We are slowly growing into our Altadena neighborhood since we relocated our studio/shop in April. I can eat good tacos pretty much every day if possible so moving next to...

    MINI Inspirational Investment

    MINI Inspirational Investment
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    Frido and I had a chance to step out for a few hours today. It was much needed after a very full spring and early summer. So much to talk about...

    Landing back on earth

    Landing back on earth
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    We just wrapped up one of the more involved events of 2019 at Baum-kuchen. Just one week ago, we were hosting BKxTSL Inspiration Lab!! How time flies. Since then, we have...

    Growing with my Traveling Balloon Pants

    Growing with my Traveling Balloon Pants
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    I am so thrilled to share my personal thoughts about our new Traveling Balloon Pants while I am still enjoying the aftertaste of our recent Japan trip! As you probably...

    A Special Place in the World

    A Special Place in the World
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    I believe we all have special places that keep calling us. Yakushima is one of those places for me. Ever since my grandfather moved to the island about 30 years...

    Travel Light BK Style!

    Travel Light BK Style!
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    Now that our kids are almost 6 and 9 years old (and big enough to carry their own load of the luggage), we have shifted our travel style from a...

    Analogue system 2019: Focusing on my Staple

    Analogue system 2019: Focusing on my Staple
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    We are well into 2019 and I am finally feeling settled with my analogue system. Currently, I am spreading my analogue needs in two EDC systems: Hobonichi Cousin and Traveler's Notebook.  Hobonichi CousinMonthly...

    Small Adventures Near Baum-kuchen Studio / BK Staff Picks

    Small Adventures Near Baum-kuchen Studio / BK Staff Picks
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    As the Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor approaches, we are so excited to share the magical experience with our beloved community. Last year we had quite a few participants...

    Most sincerely.

    Most sincerely.
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    My close circle of friends knows that my family lost my younger brother when I was a child in a car accident. We were living in a suburb of Japan....

    Welcoming Emil to our BK team!

    Welcoming Emil to our BK team!
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    Hello our lovely BK friends. I am so glad to introduce you to our newest BK team member, Emil! He started working with us last September when we were all...

    Hello from Voyage LA

    Hello from Voyage LA
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      I recently had an opportunity to share my Baum-kuchen story with Voyage LA. I am thankful that I was able to share a part of BK stories that I haven't...

    What holiday season means to us at Baum-kuchen beyond "holiday sales"

    What holiday season means to us at Baum-kuchen beyond "holiday sales"
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    Right around this time, every year, we receive inquiries if we will be offering holiday sales and discount. The truth is that we have never offered any sales or discounts...

    Metamorphosis: [TSLxBK] Notebook Cover // New vs. 1 year old

    Metamorphosis: [TSLxBK] Notebook Cover  // New vs. 1 year old
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    It's always so intriguing to see how natural nude leather wears in over time. I have been using [TSLxBK] JIBUN Techo Cover A5 Slim in all leather (nude) for this...

    Connecting with Creative Minds: 877 Workshop Studio Visit

    Connecting with Creative Minds: 877 Workshop Studio Visit
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    One of the greatest gifts during our summer stay in Germany has been meeting and connecting with other creative minds. Getting to know Sylvia and Daniel of 877 Workshop was...

    We are now taking Traveler's Notebook 2019 Pre-Order

    We are now taking Traveler's Notebook 2019 Pre-Order
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    Each year, Traveler's Company delights us with a whimsical analogue theme for Traveler's Notebook collection! 2019 theme is all about music. You can find the 2019 Traveler's Notebook refills and more via...

    Traveling and Designing

    Traveling and Designing
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    We just launched new designs for BK original products. I am so excited to say that all these ideas came out based on our experiences during the summer months in...

    Up Close and Personal with Roterfaden

    Up Close and Personal with Roterfaden
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    I had the honor to visit Roterfaden headquarter in the city of Saarbrücken last week to meet Beate, the owner of Roterfaden and see a glimpse of behind the scene....

    MD 2019 Diary Here We Come!

    MD 2019 Diary Here We Come!
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    When I flip through the MD Diary, one attribute that comes to my mind is "Minimal".  When the world feels chaotic and full, I appreciate the quietness of this collection. When...

    We are taking Jibun Techo 2019 pre-order!

    We are taking Jibun Techo 2019 pre-order!
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    We are excited to share that we have launched Jibun Techo 2019 pre-order on our website! If you are interested in using Jibun Techo as a platform for your 2019 planner...

    Sharing an exciting news about Eunice (@thedailyroe)

    Sharing an exciting news about Eunice (@thedailyroe)
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    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany! Frido and I will continue to be working from Germany until the end of this month, but we have an exciting BK announcement to share with you!  ...

    Travel with Kids // Hamburg, Germany

    Travel with Kids // Hamburg, Germany
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    Hello from Hamburg, Germany! We have always traveled with our little ones through thick and thin. One thing we realized after trying out different travel itinerary type, planning (and then...

    Traveling with BK Sketch Notebook and Traveler's Notebook

    Traveling with BK Sketch Notebook and Traveler's Notebook
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    Since our family started traveling in mid-June, I have been carrying my Traveler's Notebook everywhere. It's my wallet and my journal all at the same time. And maybe because we...

    BK Official Instagram!

    BK Official Instagram!
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    For the longest time, I went back and forth between having or not having the BK official Instagram account. We are such a petite and personal brand and I felt...

    Stamping away with joy at Traveler's Factories!

    Stamping away with joy at Traveler's Factories!
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    Between our stay in Ishigaki Island and the final travel destination, Germany, we spent one night in Tokyo. We arrived in mid-afternoon, and we only had time until the next...

    Play & Breathe // Ishigaki Island, Japan

    Play & Breathe // Ishigaki Island, Japan
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    I believe every "travel" has its purpose and meaning to contribute to our family and life. More often we don't know what the purpose is meant to be until we...

    Traveling light through Japan

    Traveling light through Japan
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    Last week when we first arrived in Japan, we had an ambitious itinerary to stay at different accommodations 4 nights in a row with all kinds of public transportation in...

    Kira no Sato // Onsen visit in Izu

    Kira no Sato // Onsen visit in Izu
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    We made a detour trip to Izu Peninsula on our way back to Tokyo for one night stay at a traditional Onsen inn, Kira no Sato. It's a huge treat...

    Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor [Truly Yours]

    Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor [Truly Yours]
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    What a fun time we had with The Superior Labor team during the weekend of Inspiration Lab [Truly Yours]. This event had been in making since last November. Every element...

    The Happy Cheers from The Superior Labor Enthusiasts

    The Happy Cheers from The Superior Labor Enthusiasts
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    At the BK inspiration lab, an enthusiastic group of like-minded individuals came to meet The Superior Labor team and have their Traveler's Notebook personalized. Not only did participants create their...

    Shop Updates!

    Shop Updates!
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    Due to our upcoming Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor, our shop (both online and brick & mortar) will be closed for a short while. Please know that our online shop...

    Metamorphosis: TSL Pen Holder Clip // New vs. 3 months

    Metamorphosis: TSL Pen Holder Clip // New vs. 3 months
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    Pen Holder Clip is really special to me and Frido since it's one of the ideas that came out from our meeting with the Superior Labor (July 2016!!). We went back...

    Bringing more LIFE into my Jibun Techo

    Bringing more LIFE into my Jibun Techo
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    The other day, my girls were painting at the dining table so I joined in with my Jibun Techo. One of my wish for this year on my analogue adventure...

    Our inventory room. Reinvented.

    Our inventory room. Reinvented.
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    January 3rd was a big milestone moment for our studio. We had the official furniture moving day for our inventory room! As we slowly have grown our collections we carry...

    Letters to your loved ones...

    Letters to your loved ones...
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    If you are wondering where to start your analogue adventure this year... I would love to share one place where we can all begin our journey from.  It's simple. Just open...

    Jibun Techo // Roterfaden A5 Slim x The Superior Labor Cover

    Jibun Techo // Roterfaden A5 Slim x The Superior Labor Cover
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    It has been a few months since we fully moved into Jibun Techo Biz 2018. Frido has been using the Jibun with A5 Slim Roterfaden (Light Brown) and I have...

    How I am making "Jibun Techo" work for me!

    How I am making "Jibun Techo"  work for me!
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    We started introducing Jibun Techo for 2018 this season and since it's a relatively new planner system, I get a lot of questions reg. how I am utilizing the notebook....

    Travel with Less

    Travel with Less
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    Good morning from our studio in Los Angeles. It's so nice to be back here. Settling in with our version of Los Angeles autumn weather.  I hope you are able...

    Travel & Store Closure Schedule for October

    Travel & Store Closure Schedule for October
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    Hello friends! I hope your fall is gliding smoothly. Our BK team will be visiting Japan once again in October (BK on the Road travel post here, here, here, here, and...

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