A timeless personal stationery for those who prefer writing on paper to the keyboard of the PC and mobile phone.
Invitations? Send by email. Love words? By sms. Once upon a time, and thankfully it still exists, there was hand printed, personalized writing stationery, suitable for certain events and for romantic phrases. Because personalized stationery makes a statement. Nothing can compare with a handwritten letter. A selection of the best specialised shops follows, where you can also find clever diaries and small size leather goods.
Cassegrain 422, Rue Saint-Honoré Paris
Founded in 1919 by Robert Cassegrain, well-known sculptor of the time, this specialized stationery shop boasts clients such as Steven Spielberg, not to mention the important political names of the past, from Churchill to Charles de Gaulle. Here you can find all sorts of products ranging from personalised writing paper to invitations to personalised leather good.
The Wren Press 575, Madison Avenue, New York
This shop specialised in luxury stationery, in actual fact all the items sold here are custom made, from traditional writing paper to invitations to traditional Jewish /celebrations, or Christmas Cards. For those who love writing.
Smythson 40 New Bond Street, London smythson.com.
Founded in 1887 by Frank Smythson, Smythson boasts amongst its inventions the pocket diary created in 1907. The Royal Family and the London aristocracy are habitués. Writing paper, invitations, and thank you notes are very popular even if the shop’s largest selling item is diaries. This is a fashion editor must-have and is created for each client’s different requirements, from taking notes to scheduling appointments, to jotting down ideas and inspirations. Everything can be personalised in the special section dedicated to individual requirements.
Pineider Corso europa 13 Milan pineider.com.
This Tuscan company is decidedly an old timer given that it has been around since 1774. It specialises in precious hand printed paper, leather items and writing instruments. Its strong point is the choice of different types of paper, such as the “Milan” variety, laid and and watermarked, with initialled envelopes lined with white tissue paper, the quintessence of sophistication.