The Art Of Writing: Contemporary And Heritage Stationery Brands To Shop
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Staying home has us rediscovering the joys of simple activities we used to perform before our day-to-day lives got consumed with virtual meetings on Zoom, and even FaceTime for that much needed rant session with our friends. One of our favourite recent undertakings is letter writing—yes, you read that right. In an age where emails and direct messages on Instagram are perfectly acceptable forms of communication, we raise handwritten letters.

Sometimes putting pen to paper can also help put a smile on someone’s face—and we’re sure that’s something everyone can attest to. We’ve rounded up our favourite stationery brands to help you get cracking on writing to your loved ones in style.

Smythson

Stationery fit for a Queen, literally. Founded by Frank Smythson in 1887, the luxury stationery and leather goods brand is the official stationer to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II—and that’s not all. The brand has also catered to the likes of Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh. Over the years, the brand has reinvented itself to add journals, pens, leather items and writing trays to its product range. For everything from business cards to personalised stationery, Smythson is your best bet. 

For more information, visit their website. 

Rifle Paper Co.

If vibrant and whimsical designs with an almost art nouveau charm in its floral patterns appeals to you, then Rifle Paper Co. is definitely for you. Although the brand celebrates the art of writing with its offering of desk stationery, postcards and planners, the stationery company also has a wide range of travel and pet accessories to choose. That said, our current favorites the brand has for sale has to be their wool-hooked rugs handmade by artisans in India, in collaboration with Loloi. Bonus: you can personalise all of their stationery items to make it truly yours. 

For more information, visit their website.

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Daycraft

Based in Hong Kong, Daycraft offers beautifully made stationery with leather and gold and silver gildings—namely on the sides of diaries and notebooks. At first glance, the brand’s bound books look simple, but therein lies the magic. Daycraft elevates simplicity through incredible attention to detail, from their choice of supple cover materials, creamy paper and artwork. The result is a range of fabulous diaries and small leather goods that’ll make your writing materials the envy of all your colleagues—or in this case, your home office companions. 

For more information, visit their website.

Sugar Paper

For contemporary letterpress stationery that exudes a quiet elegance, check out Sugar Paper. Founded by Jamie Grobecker and Chelsea Shukov in Los Angeles in 2003, the company offers thoughtful holiday cards, wedding invitations and monogramming. If you truly want to take advantage of their beautifully made products, order their personalised stationery products which are individually fed through an antique press and printed on thick paper stock. We’re also partial to their fabric journals.

For more information, visit their website

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Present & Correct

Here’s your one-stop shop for all your office supplies needs. Founded in 2009 by graphic designers Neal Whittington and Mark Smith, Present & Correct stocks stationery designed by him and designers all over the world, including internationally-source vintage office sundries. What originally started out as a part-time passion project by Whittington online has since grown in popularity, resulting in a brick and mortar store. They’ve got everything from paperclips to envelopes and writing apparatus. If you love stationery, their products will spark joy.

For more information, visit their website.

The Paper Bunny

Homegrown stationery and lifestyle brand The Paper Bunny was founded in 2013, with the goal of designing products for the “modern individual, with great style and a big heart…”. The brand employs a sophisticated use of colour pairings in all of their products range, especially in their social stationery sets. Over the years, the brand has collaborated with the likes of Starbucks, W Hotels and Sephora on special occasions. But what truly makes The Paper Bunny special are their sustainability initiatives. Which span reusable silicone bags, totebags and collapsible bottles, all in extremely chic designs—function and style, all in one. 

For more information, visit their website.

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Mount Street Printers

Simplicity truly reigns supreme at Mount Street Printersthe British fine printer with the dandiest stationeries. Tucked away in the heart of Mayfair, London, the brand offers the most luxurious and sophisticated stationeries—from leather-bound notebooks to bordered writing papers and correspondence cards. We highly recommend getting personalised stationeries from them because they truly are the gold standard in luxury office sundries.

For more information, visit their website

Benneton Graveur

Posted by Benneton Graveur on Thursday, 30 October 2014

Benneton Graveur has a 130-year-old history, and is considered as one of the original luxury stationers in the world. Till today, it’s been managed by the same family since it was founded in 1880. Using techniques such as brushed stamping and hand painting in their Paris atelier, the brand offers artisanal-quality paper sundries from personalised correspondence cards to leather desk accessories. 

For more information, visit their website.