It's la rentrée in France next week which means the summer holidays are over for kids and adults alike. Businesses are reopening after a month or so of summer closure and the new school year is beginning.
What better time to be inspired by French geek chic and do a little organising, even if you're not going back to school or work. We're thinking books, brains and brilliant ideas.
We'd happily go back to school if it meant owning one of these absolutely gorgeous book bags from Olympia Le Tan. Each is hand-made and bears the dust jacket of a literary title.
They might be a little delicate for everyday use at school but these literary-inspired works of art are perfect for parent-teacher evenings, post-holiday work drinks and hiding gin in your office.
Being organised means always having a pencil and notepad on hand to jot down ideas, collect shopping lists and sketch out new designs that come to mind. Well, it's imperative for us anyway.
We love these perfect little books from French stationery brand Calepino as well as their graphic pencils and metallic post-it markers. Simple, chic and so, so practical.
Are pared-back school-style notebooks a little too simple for you? Go all out with these insane yet strangely balanced notebooks from legendary couturier Christian Lacroix.
We like to use these larger than life notebooks for everyday use at our work desk but they would be perfect for brightening up a lecture theatre and lending a little vibrancy to notes taken in law class.
We found this ultra-handy wall concierge at Maison & Objet earlier this year and just recently discovered this equally useful toolbox, both from contemporary French brand Harto.
Lifting clutter off your desk is always a good thing and to have a fully customisable system like this one seals the deal for us. We're going to order ours in navy and amaranthine red.
Although it may not be the most serious piece, it would be perfect for a side table in a child's room or even in a library. Perhaps a place to perch a drink while reading a book after a long day's work. Why not?