Rad and Hungry x Colombia STMT Kit Stationery Review – October 2017
Rad and Hungry was sparked by founder Hen Chung’s addiction to travel and office supplies. This subscription box combines the two—each kit in The Something Mighty (STMT) Collection is filled with office supplies locally sourced from around the world. Custom designs and sweet wrap jobs transform each monthly subscription box into a full-on, hands-on experience with a different destination at its focus. Each new STMT Kit is released during the first part of the month, 10 months of the year. (They work on other goodies in June and December.)
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The Subscription Box: Rad and Hungry STMT Kit
The Cost: $23/month (+$7 each delivery) for a quarterly subscription, $21/month (+$7 each delivery) for a semester subscription, or $19/month (+$7 each delivery) for a yearly subscription. You will pre-pay the total amount for each subscription. You can also purchase a single box for $25.00 per kit (+ $7.00 US shipping).
The Products: Each limited-edition STMT Kit includes lo-fi office supplies locally sourced from around the world, a hand-screened poster designed at RAH headquarters, a printed edition of “The Low Down” (the adventure from that month’s sourcing country), a RAH Passport to track your world tour (included in the first kit of Quarterly, Semester and Yearly Subscriptions), and a stamp to collect in the RAH Passport. Yearly Subscribers receive special bonus items throughout the year, too.
Ships to: Worldwide. Shipping costs vary. Ships to the US for $7.00.
Good to Know: It looks like the cost of every subscription/kit went down $1.
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Once you open the heavy cardboard envelope, you’ll pull out this impeccably wrapped package.
Sealed with one of the awesome gold metallic RAH stickers!
I opened the first layer of kraft paper to find this month’s passport stamp for Colombia and some candies!
STMT x Colombia Passport Stamp
There’s a postage stamp of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, affixed to cardstock and “canceled” with fluorescent orange ink that has been silkscreened on to create a unique little print that serves as the passport stamp to add to your passport!
I could have glued mine in for more permanence, but like to use the cool paper clip that it came with! Yay! My second stamp!
Next, I spied this month’s issue of “The Low Down” and silk screened print!
The Low Down comes folded up really neatly that almost reminds me of a passed note in grade school.
Here, RAH founder Hen talks about her journey to the Paisa region of Colombia to source the stationery goods included. It entailed a nighttime mini-bus ride with steep climbs around crazy cliffs and a chance meeting with the Mayor of Santuario.
I love how Hen writes! This reads like spoken word piece to me.
You can follow Hen’s journeys via Instagram, Twitter, or through the RAH website.
STMT x Colombia Print
You’ll notice that the print this month features a hippo, which is apparently feral in parts of Colombia! The print is hand-screened on heavy card stock with that signature fluorescent orange ink that we saw last month as well! This is going right up on my corkboard next to the Poland print! Such lovely graphic design once again!
I got two Colombina Coffee Delight hard candies and one Colombina Fruticas (in Maracuyá) hard candy. I loooove coffee and coffee-flavored things, so these hard candies are right up my alley. Maracuyá is Passion Fruit and is also super-duper tasty! I can totally get behind both! My friend Klaus who I annoy about all things Colombian (since he grew up in Bogota) said that these are the only candies given out on Halloween and seeing them brought back childhood memories!
Now let’s get to the Colombian stationery goods!
Another beautifully wrapped package with kraft paper and twine, sealed with a gold RAH sticker.
Inside lies three notepads, two pencils, and an eraser! Looking at the kit on their website, it looks like Hen hooked me up with an extra pencil and eraser this time for writing a review last month! RAH hooks up anyone who posts a pic to social media, so you can get extra goodies too by snapping a pic of your experience on Instagram or Twitter!
Formas Guerrero Block Dina – 4 Notepad
This notepad is HUGE at 8.875 x 13 inches and is commonly used by students in Colombia to recreate illustrations to scale.
The brand has a bold, striking logo that features a warrior with a pencil behind him.
There are 20 sheets of graph paper filling this notepad that has measurements on all four sides, as well as space for students to write their name, school, grade, date, subject, comments, and name of who graded or looked over their work.
So much detail!
Formas Guerrero Block Medino Oficio – Bond x 50 Notepad
The next notepad is the same brand, but is about half the size, with a golden yellow cover.
It measures 6.375 x 9 inches and is bound at the top, rather than the side (like the first notepad).
This one has 50 sheets of blank white paper which makes it great for drawing!
Formas Guerrero Block 25 – Periodico x 50 Notepad
The third notepad from Formas Guerrero is smaller yet at 5.375 x 7.75 inches and has a natural cream-colored cover.
The 50 pages filling this pad are blank thin newsprint sheets.
Norma Mediano Lapiz Rojo Double-sided Pencil
Here we have two pencils in one! This is a triangular medium 2 HB pencil with a red pencil on the opposite end.
My limited Spanish tells me that lápiz is “pencil” and rojo is “red”. Pretty straightforward! This red pencil is nice and soft with a medium point that won’t scratch the fine newsprint paper of the smallest notepad.
The basic graphite on this end actually seems a bit harder than the red, but still writes smoothly.
Here are both ends at work.
It looks like this is a bonus item, so yay! I love a nice new gleaming white eraser. It has the brand across it in red.
The back is left white for you to destroy once you start erasing!
Norma Mediano 2 HB Pencil
Another bonus item this month is this pencil by Norma. This is a pretty basic #2 pencil, made in Colombia.
There’s an eraser at the end to get rid of any mistakes.
Verdict: The Rad and Hungry STMT Kit took us to Colombia this month, and I love what Hen has chosen! Like my introductory delivery last month, I was overjoyed with the whole unboxing experience in general. I think the large graph paper notepad is the coolest (and largest) item this month, but I am also still dreaming about the passion fruit candy….
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It doesn’t look like you’ll receive this in a subscription, but you can purchase as a one time kit for $25 (plus shipping).
Value Breakdown: At $31 for this box, I received six stationery items (three notebooks, two pencils, and one eraser) imported from Colombia, a limited hand-screened print, a hand-screened passport stamp, and some candies. I’ll emit the candies, one pencil, and eraser since they were bonus items to bring a value to the other six items to $5.17 each. But as I said last month, much of the draw to this subscription is the overall experience!
Where will Rad and Hungry STMT Kit take us next?