If posting about another stationer during my own paper sale is wrong, then I don't want to be right. Especially if that stationer is the Venerable Smythson of Bond St., whose wares make other purveyors of "luxury" look like middle schoolers at their first formal.
Something in my trend-o-meter went off the chart when I walked into their store on 57th St the other day...and I've been thinking about the stationery, luggage and leather goods I saw there ever since...this is when I wish the internet had a touchable surface, because to describe the type of super-consistent, slightly pebbled leather they use for their passport wallets is pretty much impossible...the finish is at once impeccable and utterly functional. The colors...fine tuned. The design...luxuriously spare.
My personal favorites have to be their multi-colored zipped currency wallets; red and blue zips on one side, green and yellow on t'other. -- and their beautiful nile blue spiral bound refill pads...with esoteric product names like "The Wafer" right on top. And that UK triple lion passport cover??? Hello aspirational national affiliation made easy.
And I will be printing out this portrait of Mr Frank Smythson and hanging it over my desk so he will hopefully bestow upon me The Divine Gift of Stationer's Blessings and Brand Longevity in Perpetuity on a daily basis.