Smythson is a British manufacturer of luxury stationery and leather goods based in London, England.
The 125 year old Smythson brand, opened its first store on 29 September 1887 at 133, New Bond Street, London. Smythson is famously known for its luxury stationary, diaries and quality leather goods in exclusive colours, grains and finishes. The current flagship store is located on 40 Bond Street; which I have visited countless times. The staff are attentive, welcoming and the service is exceptional; just what you would expect from a luxury brand.
It also has stores in France, Hong Kong and the U.S. The U.S store is a freestanding store on West 57th Street near Fifth Avenue in New York City. Smythson goods can also be found in Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. There is also an outlet store at the Biscester Villages Outlet mall near Oxford, England.
Smythson says it’s a ‘British’ brand, but as far as I can tell the leather goods are manufactured in factories in the UK, Italy and Spain, with leathers sourced from Europe, principally in Italy and France.
The flagship store has a large range of accessories and leather goods in a number of different leather hides and vibrate colours.
A great looking leather pouch in the women’s section caught my eye, made in a soft green Taurillon leather with Shagreen hardware. The pouch looks like it was originally made for women to use as a clutch, but I saw the potential it had in being my new iPad case or the odd times to be used as a ‘Man Clutch’.
Taurillon is made from the tanned, cured skins of young bulls. This should not be confused with Togo leather, which is made from the skins of old bulls.
The lining is in a Striped nubuck which I very much prefer to the standard fabric lining from other brands.
My next purchase was a portfolio, which looked much like a briefcase but without the handle. As I normally work in a business casual setting I found this quite appropriate. Two options were available, brown or black in a natural goatskin leather with navy nylon lining; naturally I chose brown. There’s a front compartment with a solid brass slide loop closure – just large enough to hold my iPad, four inside pockets and a pen holder.
There’s a printing station located inside which seems to offer gold, silver and blind stamping to have your initials added while you wait. The stamping is done by hand using techniques and equipment that date back over 120 years. Each initial is £6.95 and motifs are priced at £10 each. I have no reason to show off my initials so I’ll pass this time round.
What’s the quality like? Well I’ve had both items for over 4 months now. The pouch I use to house my iPad is ageing well and Taurillon has to be my new favourite leather hide. The leather ages beautifully, holds up well to a beating and looks better the more I use it. The construction is solid on both items; no loose stitching or broken hardware (I don’t babysit my leather goods) and even if something wrong was to go wrong, I can always count on Smythson’s customer service to make things right.