When a company has been going strong for 125 years and managed to amass a collection of four Royal Warrants from the British royal family, you know they must be doing something right! And now we can indulge in some accessible designer luxury too, as British stationery and leather accessories brand Smythson has finally landed in Hong Kong with a brand new standalone boutique in Pacific Place, plus a concession in Central’s Harvey Nichols store.
Smythson is best known for its range of stunning personalised stationery and fine array of quality leather goods. Originally started back in 1887 in London by Frank Smythson and with the likes of Grace Kelly, Queen Victoria and Sir Edmund Hillary amongst their former clients, Smythson recently underwent a bit of a style revival thanks to Samantha Cameron (yes, the wife of the British Prime Minister!), who brought the brand bang up to the date for the modern customer.
These days, it might seem old-fashioned to write letters to your loved ones – but how fantastic would it be to receive a note in the mail written on Smythson’s light-as-air featherweight paper stock? As every new bride can tell you, one should always have a personalised notecard handy for thank you notes… But what about those of you whose weddings are long gone or far off in the future? Doesn’t everyone deserve the satisfaction that comes from scrawling your signature to a piece of paper with your name embossed across it? I think yes – and with Smythson’s beautiful personalised stationery and letter sets, you can make it happen!
Smythson is also famed for leather goods that stand the test of time. Pacific Place recently showcased several of their original items from the early 1900s and many were still in near perfect condition. Now we all know that leather looks good with a little wear but when something has received that patina for over 100 years and still looks like a piece I would be happy to parade in public, then you know it’s a quality piece of merchandise.
Take their tote bags and clutches, for instance. Yes, you can wear them now and look great… but the best part is that they will still look just as chic 50 years on! Smythson’s little leather lovelies also make for the perfect gift – their uber chic passport and card holders, diaries, jewellery pouches and iPad cases can all be monogrammed with whomever’s initials you wish to please. My personal favourite are their leather-bound notebooks, where I can stash all my ideas and to-do lists in style! I would, of course, pick Sassy pink but there is an incredible range of colours to choose from to suit your mood, even if pink doesn’t please your palette.
Whatever you select, remember to ask about Smythson’s personalisation services so you can let the world know that this branded beauty is all yours! So be sure to stop by the new Smythson store in Pacific Place and stock up on classics that have been proven to last a lifetime.
Smythson Store 243, Level 2, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Smythson Harvey Nichols, Second Floor, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong