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Jason Thompson Ilira Steinman

Ilira Steinman and Jason Thompson
Rag & Bone Bindery



Welcome to the Rag & Bone Boutique.
At heart, Rag & Bone Bindery is a family affair. What started in 1991 as a shared interest between owners Jason Thompson & Ilira Steinman has blossomed into a business rooted in fine craftsmanship and enduring beauty.



Jason Thompson
Founder & President, Jason Thompson is a bookbinder, designer and writer. Jason has an interest in bookbinding of all types, book arts, paper craft, old bindery equipment, historic mill buildings, and maintains a personal collection of antique books about the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen and hopes one day to visit the arctic.

Jason is the author of bookbinding books including "Making Journals By Hand" and "Playing With Books".






Ilira Steinman
Ilira is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She discovered the art of bookbinding during a year abroad in Italy. She keeps the bindery running smoothly and is the smile behind the books.

Outside of the studio Ilira volunteers for local non-profit organizations and enjoys time with Jason and their two children.




The Rag & Bone story begins with a gift, a handbound blank page journal Ilira made for Jason's 23rd birthday. Touched and inspired, he began practicing the art of bookbinding on his own. Within a few months, and with a box of beautiful books in hand, he sold his first journals to a small stationery store in Providence, Rhode Island.

Within a few years Jason introduced new book styles including Photo Albums and Guestbooks. As demand for the products grew, he hired additional bookbinders to work in the studio. Retailers were carrying Rag & Bone Bindery books throughout New England.

Seeing the warm response to his efforts, Jason & Ilira decided that Rag & Bone was ready to be a family business. Ilira, a hat designer at the time, sold her company and came aboard as the first Rag & Bone studio manager. Working together, the company evolved to reflect both of their talents and led to the full range of books and keepsakes that the bindery offers today. This shared interest in the artful and handmade continues to feed both their lifestyle and business.

Rag & Bone has occupied several locations over the past 22 years. In 2006 Jason & Ilira purchased an historic mill building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island - just one block north of Providence - and moved the bindery to it's current location. Today, Rag & Bone continues to create objects of exceptional quality and design.




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Rag & Bone Books and Albums are made by hands



Skilled Bookbinders
Rag & Bone bookbinders have been binding books since 1991. Every aspect of the binding process is handled in our bookbinding studio. The materials such as designer textiles, board and paper are sourced from local vendors and our trained bookbinders carefully craft these materials into books and Albums which will last a lifetime. Founder Jason Thompson has written two books on bookbinding and journaling.

Our mission as a bindery is to foster a studio culture based on respect for our employees and customers and to be stewards of the tradition of bookbinding.



Handmade
Rag & Bone books and Albums are created solely by hand: the fabrics and papers are trimmed by hand, the boards (covers) are glued and wrapped by skilled bookbinders. Albums are drilled and sewn one-at-a-time, and our journals and other bindings are assembled using traditional bookbinding tools and techniques.



Archival
We use acid-free papers as pages for all of our books. Just as important, our bookbinders skillfully craft books which are well-bound, and designed to last a lifetime.



Customer Service
When you call or email Rag & Bone you'll reach Jan, Jason or Ilira in customer service. We not only answer the phone, we answer your questions. We are eager to exceed your expectations!

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Sourcing Materials
Each and every book we create begins with the same basic materials: textiles and papers for decorative covers; board for the structure of the book cover itself; and pages for the interior. We source designer fabrics which we convert into bookbinding cloth. The decorative papers we utilize for a few of our cover options are either hand made or are printed designs. The board used for our covers is 100% recycled. We gather these items from several sources and trim them to size for our bookbinders to turn into book covers.



Making The Covers
Our bookbinders adhere the decorative textiles and papers to book board to make the many size books we offer. They use traditional glue machines, small table top units, to adhere a thin layer of adhesive to the textiles. The textiles are followed by endsheets which finish off the decorative covers.




Assembling The Books
Depending on the style of book, the various covers are first delivered to different binding stations in the studio. Albums are drilled and sewn by hand. Journals go through a few additional steps to make the pages, then the pages and covers are joined together. Side-sewn books such as our Twelve Ways series and Guestbooks are sewn by hand. Other bindings such as three-ring and wire-o are also bound by hand then sent off to be finished. Books and Albums are allowed to rest overnight before heading off to finishing & packaging.



Finishing
Prior to shipping, books are inspected to make sure covers are straight, there are no stray bits of adhesive and that the pages are clean and securely bound. Once inspected, each book is placed into a resealable clear bag, stickered with it's size and style and shipped to our customers nationwide and around the world.



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Rag & Bone materials are environmentally friendly

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Paper, Printing + Materials
The paper pages inside Rag & Bone books and albums contains 30% post consumer content and is sourced from a mill which is FSC Certified. Rag & Bone paper goods - from books to packaging to collateral materials - are printed by local FSC Certified printers.

The covers of Rag & Bone Books and Albums (the book board) contain 100% recycled content with a minimum of 75% post consumer waste. The board mill is FSC Certified. The adhesives used contain natural ingredients and are manufactured in a local facility within driving distance from the Bindery.



Manufacturing Process
The manufacturing process takes place in our Rhode Island based bookbinding studio - no overseas sourcing of finished goods or components. Rag & Bone trains local bookbinders to manufacture books and albums from raw materials to finished goods.



Transportation Impact
Rag & Bone raw materials are sourced either locally (preferred) or domestically. The impact on transportation is minimal when compared to overseas sourcing.



Post Consumer
Rag & Bone books and Albums are archival and meant to last a lifetime. Books and Albums are intended to still be on the shelves of our customers for years to come, they are not expected to end up in a landfill after short use. If you would like further information regarding Rag & Bone Environmental commitment, please ask. Together we can make a difference.
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