The Story

Several years ago, ATELEIA \ˌa-təl-ˈē-ə\ creator Chris Williams designed a leather journal cover for daily writing use. The journal was intended to house replaceable notebooks, so the same journal could be used for many years to come. With a natural vegetable tanned exterior, the cover would begin to tell its own story of the places it had been and testify to the life events written on its pages.

Once the journal design was completed, it needed a pen that would fittingly compliment the brass hardware and leather shell. Ultimately, the decision was made to design a simple brass pen housing with a screw on cap. After a few rounds of drawings, prototypes and adjustments with a local machine shop in Phoenix, AZ, Chris placed a small order for pens mostly for personal use. The first batch sat on the shelf for several months until a December 2013 blog post by pen enthusiast and blogger Mike Dudek of The Clicky Post.  The response to Mike’s review was highly encouraging and the first batch was quickly sold off. Shortly thereafter, the decision was made to make more pens and attempt to bring the product to market.

ATELEIA is now excited to offer the brass pen and journal set to a wider market, but in order to do so, we must first secure the capital and patrons to warrant a bulk production run and buy the tools and equipment necessary to produce larger batches of product. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to pre-sale the pen, journal and other ATELEIA products. 


About the Creator

Chris Williams is a craftsman at heart, driven by a desire to create and do so with excellence. His interests and experience cover a wide range, from music, to woodworking, guitar building, bicycle repair, metalworking, leather working and design. No matter the medium, he strives to make products that are functional, beautiful, and built to stand the test of time.  

Since 2006, Chris has focused on micro-enterprise development in his community in downtown Phoenix, AZ. Having successfully run Barrio Works (a mixed-use bicycle shop), his eyes have always been towards helping incubate small business and encouraging community members to create businesses of their own. With ATELEIA, Chris is putting his money where his mouth is, seeking to blaze the trail for small business development benefitting his community and revealing the incredible value and talent at work there.