stationery

Smythson celebrates Shakespeare



Smythson Shakespeare set

When I’m stuck for words I’m much more inspired by a blank paper page then a blank screen. You can actually take action with a pen and notebook; doodle, write a title, cross it out. Staring at a blank screen on the other hand is just… demotivating (and liable to send you straight to Pinterest/Facebook/Twitter/all three). (more…)



Breakfast at Liberty with Paperless Post



Liberty for Paperless Post - an exclusive stationery collaboration

As much as we’re all considered digital denizens these days, there are still some areas where we like to mix in a tactile experience. For me that’s writing and correspondence; I just love writing with a pen and paper. And that’s something that U.S. stationery brand Paperless Post has also found with the evolution of its online business.

You may know Paperless Post already. (more…)



Last chance to buy …



Last minute Christmas online shopping

As the Christmas online shopping cut-off date approaches, here are a few gifty bits that have caught my eye. Indulgent candles are always a fail-safe for fashiony friends (Racked explains their enduring appeal here) – who wouldn’t love to received a Fornasetti or a Cire Trudon? And classic make-up treats also go down well, especially if they’re hero items from an ‘It’ brand such as Chanel, NARS or Charlotte Tilbury.

Bella Freud’s knits are a great gift idea, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them (more…)



Smythson stories: how the Mara diary is made*



Making of a Smythson diary Mara midnight

“Our Featherweight paper is the same paper that’s used for bank notes. It’s extremely thin but durable enough to be written on without the ink showing through.”

I’m being taken on a personal tour of Smythson’s Hertfordshire bookbinding workshops, where its famous diaries are produced, from printed page to hand-finished leather covers. My guide is pointing out each artisanal technique while I take in the familiar sky blue paper hue that serves as a permanent presence throughout the premises. (more…)