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Our Story

Since 1954, our vision has been to produce planners, notebooks and other items that reinstate a sense of order in day-to-day life and connect each and every passing day to create the world of tomorrow.

Discover the story of our wonderful French company, from its beginnings to the present day

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Editions Quo Vadis is born

Quo Vadis was founded in Marseille in 1954, when Dr Francis Georges Beltrami came up with his own personal way of structuring his time, a unique concept that gave him an overview of his week’s appointments at a glance. From a simple ink pad the Agenda Planing® was born: a tool that allowed him to view his entire week at a glance, and a concept that was to change his life forever. Soon after, he closed his practice, patented his design and set up the Editions Quo Vadis publishing house in Marseille.



The Ministre, Président and Affaires planners are launched

The Ministre planner was the first in a long line of diaries, and gave way to the larger Agenda Planing®. In 1955, this format was available as the

Président planner (21 x 27cm), followed by the Affaires planner (pocket-sized: 10 x 15 cm) in 1960.




  1. The Quo Vadis planner was short-listed at the Musée du Louvre’s ‘Arts et Industries’ exhibition, and ultimately awarded the honorary prize that marked it out as one of the leading products of the 21st century.



The Textagenda® is born

Over the years, Quo Vadis expanded and experienced one thrilling development after the next. In 1964, the brand launched the Textagenda®, a page-a-day planner originally designed for self-employed professionals, which quickly became an iconic choice for students and school children. It has been a firm favourite with students of all ages ever since!



Worldwide success

In 1966, the company took its first steps into the wider world. The famous Agenda Planing® was made available in English, German, Italian and Spanish and sold around the world. That same year, Quo Vadis produced corporate gifts for companies, and the first planners for Coca-Cola were made.



Setting up our workshops in Carquefou

When our premises in Marseilles became too small, Doctor Beltrami wrote to several cities, including Brest and Carquefou, to find a prime location for the construction and headquarters of our company. Carquefou was chosen for its proximity to Paris and its attractiveness.



France's first consumer address

We were the first company in France to set up a consumer postal address, where anyone could write to us with their suggestions, feedback and proposals for improvement. This address is still open today, and we receive over a hundred letters every year.



Collaborating with an Adapted Company

In order to help each of our talented employees towards professional fulfilment, we chose to work with an Adapted Company to sort and check the components of our planners. They are namely in charge of wrapping, covering and packaging the planners.

Since 2006, the company has been directly integrated into our workshops.



Quo Vadis joins the Exacompta-Clairefontaine group

The company joined the famous stationery group Exacompta-Clairefontaine in 1999, with Jérôme Nusse appointed director of Quo Vadis.



Our first stationery and leather goods for the new school year

Already well established on both the personal and professional markets, we decided to develop new ranges for younger customers using iconic licences with brands such as BEN (French artist Benjamin Vautier).

Since 2006

Reinforcing sustainable development

In 2006, we set out to secure the best certifications for our products (PEFC and FSC) and for our production site (Imprim’Vert and ISO 14001). We have worked to reduce the environmental impact of our products.

In 2009, we lauch the Equology© range, an eco-designed collection made from 100% recycled PEFC paper and Blue Angel certified.

Following on from this, we became “Origine France Garantie” certified in 2013.



The launch of the Quo Vadis Factory: the bespoke personalised planner and notebook website

Driven by a love of paper, we wanted to use our expertise in stationery to allow each of our customers to create their own personalised planner and notebook according to their personal or professional needs on our Quo Vadis Factory website.



96/100 gender equality index

Gender equality in the workplace means ensuring that all the members of our teams can thrive and evolve at Quo Vadis in a fair manner. We are pleased to have received a gender equality index rating of 96/100.



Ecovadis gold medal

We have worked to improve our CSR commitments and to provide evidence of them.

Thanks to this strong commitment, we are proud to have been awarded of a gold medal with a score of 73/100 in the Ecovadis assessment, the global standard for CSR assessments (+10 points vs 2022).