While the rest of the planet is busy embracing the smartphone and social media with gusto, the truly stylish operators of this world are already looking with nostalgia to the past and reverting to the beautifully old-fashioned handwritten letter. And what better way to leave a lasting impression on any fortunate recipient than with Smythson’s luxury personalised stationery, with 24-carat gilded edges, hand-painted borders, and custom-engraved motifs and monograms.
After three Royal Warrants and 125 years of making quality leather goods on London’s Bond Street, Smythson has finally made it to Asia with its first standalone store in Hong Kong’s Pacific Place.
Which is not to say the heritage brand doesn’t move with the times, Smythson also crafts modish multi-coloured python smartphone folders and goatskin cases for iPads, along with handbags, wallets, travel accessories and handcrafted jewellery boxes, all made from the finest hides and skins.
And while all of their lines are simple in design and therefore timeless, the latest must-haves include the Eliot travel tote made from soft taurillon leather in black, navy blue or pillar box red, the Grosvenor collection of crocodile skin clutches, and the magenta calf leather purse. Smythson also boasts a cache of brightly coloured leather-bound diaries and notebooks engraved with monikers like ‘Wine Notes’ or ‘Profound Thoughts’ – perfect for putting to use your primitive pen or pencil!