Archive for the ‘St Valentine’s’ Category

Susie’s Valentine: Amour Sans Fin

February 7, 2012

Guest blogger Susie Lau gives her take on the limited edition Valentine’s range and explores the inspiration behind it, our company archive…

Valentine’s Day is a double headache for me as my other half’s birthday also happens to fall on the same day.  Is it Valentine’s Day or Birthday first?  I’ve normally gone for the latter given that the day your significant other was born is ever so slightly more important than a holiday honouring a Christain saint.

Still, I can be persuaded otherwise to switch allegiance over to V-day especially after investigating the new Valentine’s collection by Smythson.  Entitled “Love Through the Ages”, the collection is inspired by a page from this early 1900s Smythson catalogue.  I was surprised to discover that the Smythson product range back then was curiously expansive – everything from bronze statues of cockerels to handbags to jewellery were available to the Smythson customer.

A page of motto charms was where Smythson found the words “Amour Sans Fin” which now graces a gold charm that comes with all nine pieces from the classic red lizard print leather range.

I especially love this photo envelope which is a beautiful way of holding treasured prints.   The idea of an envelope clutch purely for the purpose of holding a photo or two is a decadent one but I suppose it is all part of the indulgent spirit of the holiday.

Ditto for this sweet little trinket box which comes with a chocolate leather heart nestled inside.  It’s not edible but it can be stamped with the message of your choice.  Again the singular purpose of this trinket box is pretty hard to resist but it’s the dinky size that really is the winning plus point.

There are some truly horrific Valentine’s cards about, the sort that are so cringeworthy, you can’t imagine actually giving it to someone you liked, let alone your most beloved.

The designs here feature a subtle print of a sonnet, a tiny love bug and the word LOVE spelt out in semaphore code figures.  In fact that last one is about as cryptic as you can get.

Going back to the Smythson archives, there were a few choice items that could potentially be up for a modern day revival when V-day comes around again next year.  This teensy tiny calendar from 1942 for a lady’s purse is positively lilliputian.

I loved this dotty product range seen in another catalogue which happens to be a V-day appropriate shade of red.

I’ll be delving further into the archives next, where I discover more about Mr Frank Smythson’s scarily neat handwriting, decadent invites from Maharajas and the beginnings of the classic Wafer diary.

Valentine’s Windows: Amour Sans Fin – with love, from 1910

February 3, 2012

Featuring our new Valentine’s collection inspired by a motto charm discovered in our 1910 archive, our latest windows resemble pretty gift boxes with the perfect gift for your loved one inside…

Come and fall in love with the written word…

February 14, 2011

Today’s  in-store event is in full swing, with London Scribes calligrapher Craig Poland-Smith beautifully hand-scripting Valentine’s messages and Yard-o-Led graphologist Julie Hinton on-hand to analyse your handwriting. Why not pay us a visit this Valentine’s  for a last minute card for your loved one or to find out what your writing says about you…

Roses are red…

February 10, 2011

Our wonderful florist, Amanda Willgrave of  (appropriately named) Flirty Flowers, has just added a beautiful arrangement of colourful, rustic roses to our Valentine windows…

Head over heels for all things handwritten…

February 8, 2011

We’re celebrating our love of the written word this February 14th and inviting you to re-discover history’s ultimate romantic gesture,  the handwritten love letter, at our New Bond Street flagship store, where you will be able to have a personalized message to your sweetheart hand-scripted into one of our beautifully die-stamped Valentine’s cards by calligrapher Craig Poland-Smith of Royal Warrant-holding London Scribes.

We’ll also be welcoming back Yard-O-Led’s expert graphologist,  Julie Hinton to analyse your  handwriting and give an in-depth reading of what it reveals about your personality…

Craig Poland-Smith will be in the store between 10 am and 5 pm; Julie Hinton will be here from 12 pm to 5pm

We ♥ our new windows…

January 31, 2011

We’re loving the new windows at our New Bond Street flagship, where we’ll be holding some exciting Valentine’s-themed events (to be announced shortly)…

With just two weeks to go until February 14th, why not browse our Valentine’s section for some gift inspiration, from sweet trinkets to more luxe offerings guaranteed to delight your loved one, as well as  three beautiful new card designs…

Dear Diary…

January 28, 2011

It goes without saying that we’re diary enthusiasts here at Smythson, so if you’re in New York between now and May, we think this is definitely a must-visit:

Until May 22nd, The Morgan Library and Museum’s new exhibition, “The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Livesexplores “the enduring human desire to document our lives”, exhibiting over 70 pieces drawn from the Morgan’s own holdings, including handwritten entries and anecdotes by luminaries ranging from Bob Dylan to Charlotte Brontë.

Today’s affinity with Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs makes this exhibit all the more fascinating –  its curator, Christine Nelson tells Vogue.com “Because a diary is really just a place to talk about what’s on your mind as the days pass…You live a little, you write a little, and that’s exactly what’s going on with these new forms.”

We’ve also noticed that the exhibition’s centrepiece is the seminal journal of Henry David Thoreau, “who sought ‘to meet the facts of life – the vital facts – face to face…'”, one of which may have been the wise maxim penned by the American author and printed on our latest Valentine’s card: “There is no remedy for love but to love more.”

Read more, visit the exhibition online or follow the curator’s blog here.

A very Smythson Proposal…

February 15, 2010

We spotted this marriage announcement  in The New York Times a while ago and were so impressed by the groom’s creative proposal, we thought it was the perfect story to share post-February 14th…

Having had a set of Smythson personalized stationery made with their marital names on the letterhead, Mr Rosen presented his bride-to-be with the three blue boxes the morning he popped the question.

”That’s when I knew it was a real proposal,” she said.

Roses are red…

February 1, 2010

 

We based our latest window display on a new Valentine’s card motif with a quote from Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin:

”We have roots that grow towards each other underground and when all the pretty blossom has fallen from our branches we find that we are not one tree but two.”

Our favourite gifts for February 14th? A new ‘Everyday I Love You’ pocket-sized Wafer notebook and the truly special ‘Love Letters’ book, bound in beautiful Red Mara leather featuring a collection of love letters and correspondence from celebrated writers, poets and notable figures throughout history.  Personalize the front cover with your loved one’s name or initials for a Valentine’s gift to be treasured for  many years to come…

Be My Valentine…

January 14, 2010

With a month to go to until Valentine’s Day, we have just launched a selection of new, beautifully handcrafted cards featuring unique motifs die-stamped onto our signature White Wove board.  Complete with luxurious envelopes lined in red tissue paper, they are the ultimate way to ask a special someone to be your Valentine.

More than one card to send? Our box of 10 ‘LOVE’ correspondence notelets is the perfect choice for any budding Casanova…