Plan Ahead

From leather-bound diaries and journals to beautifully crafted writing instruments, new stationery makes getting organised for the year ahead a joyful endeavour

02 January, 2019

The new year brings with it the notion of new beginnings, and what better way to translate this sentiment into your personal life than by updating your stationery and accessories to help you keep on track. The Royal Exchange boasts a wide selection of stationery favourites and innovative products to ensure you’ve got your head in the game and are ready to tackle the year ahead.

stationery5Adventurer’s Journal, £55, Bremont; 2019 Panama Soho Diary with Pocket, £155, Smythson; Augmented Paper Urban Racing Spirit, £635, Montblanc; all available at The Royal Exchange

A blank canvas to work with instinctively signifies a fresh start and endless possibilities, making a new diary or notebook a great way to begin the year. Smythson is renowned for its beautiful diaries, which are sure to inspire you to keep organised, and the Soho Diary, crafted from soft lambskin, is no exception. If you’re looking for a less structured accompaniment for the year ahead, why not reach for one of Bremont’s Adventurer’s Journals to record the experiences to come. For the more technologically minded, Montblanc’s Augmented Paper perfectly preserves the feel of writing by hand while allowing you to immediately transfer your notes and illustrations to digital format, enabling you to save or share your work with others.

stationery6bMeisterstück Geometry Solitaire Champagne Gold LeGrand Fountain Pen, £1,215, Montblanc; Tiffany T-clip Ballpoint Pen, £120, Tiffany & Co; Yard-o-Led Perfecta Victorian Writing Collection Ballpoint Pen, £395, Searle & Co; all available at The Royal Exchange

There’s a timeless elegance that comes with owning an exceptionally crafted writing instrument, lending gravity and purpose to your words whether you’re jotting down innovative ideas, or creating a soon-to-be award-winning novel. Montblanc has been synonymous with craftsmanship since the creation of its Meisterstück pen in 1924, and its distinctive selection is a great place to commence the search for one you feel an affinity with. Meanwhile, Searle & Co offers a beautiful selection of Yard-o-Led products, the oldest writing instrument company in Great Britain. Try the Diplomat propelling pencil, which created the brand’s notoriety. The delicate pencil is handmade following 19th-century traditions and with a lifetime guarantee, this is a true investment piece. For a more contemporary look, Tiffany & Co. offers a selection of ballpoint pens, alongside an engraving service to add a personalised touch.

stationery4Executive A4 Zipped Padfolio in Smooth Cognac and Espresso Suede, £215, Aspinal of London; Agenda Cover Vision II Chevre Mysore in Orange/ Rose, £395, Hermès; A4 Notepad Folder in Light Tan, £169, SageBrown; all available at The Royal Exchange

There’s nothing more important than a first impression, and with a well-made folio or agenda cover you’ll look stylish, as well as professional. Aspinal of London’s padfolios in Saffiano Italian calf leather offer elegant simplicity and come in a range of colours to suit your individual style. Hermès’ agenda covers and refills also come in an array of colours, helping you inject a little personality into your work life, while SageBrown’s Notepad Folder is a versatile piece that can be used on its own or carried within a briefcase. With a pen loop and leather pockets featured within, this folder is the perfect way to keep everything you need safe in one place.

stationery3Montblanc Sartorial Jet Document Case Slim, £525, Montblanc; Small Mount Street Bag in Smooth Tan, £595, Aspinal of London; Rustic Document Case in Havana Tan, £175, SageBrown; all available at The Royal Exchange

If there’s one accessory that no businessman or woman should be without, it’s an adaptable briefcase that can accompany you to meetings and events. SageBrown has a large collection of contemporary designs to suit any style. Its Havana Tan Rustic Document Case merges luxury with functionality, with retractable handles and an ivory suede-lined interior; you can even have it embossed with your initials. Frequent travellers might opt for Montblanc’s water- and scratch- resistant lightweight Sartorial Jet Document Case, which will make a slick addition to your businesswear, while Aspinal of London’s Mount Street Bags are the perfect size to carry your laptop, and protect it from wear and tear, while looking effortlessly chic at the same time.

stationery2Vertical Folded Card Case in Tiffany Blue grain calfskin leather, £210, Tiffany & Co.; Burlington Card Holder in Smoke, £125, Smythson; Small Pen Case in Deep Shine Amazon Brown Croc, £40, Aspinal of London; all available at The Royal Exchange

Sometimes it’s the little details that make all the difference, and with an enviable array of small leather goods available from The Royal Exchange, you can imbue every element of your ensemble with a touch of luxury and personality. Tiffany & Co. carries a fantastic contemporary card case. Available in black or classic Tiffany Blue, this smooth calfskin leather piece can be embossed with your name or initials to really make it your own. Smythson’s Italian-made deerskin Burlington Card Holder is a practical and professional way to keep your cards close to your chest, or take a look at Aspinal of London for its high-quality pen cases, made of Italian calf leather and lined in suede.

Visit The Royal Exchange to discover a wide array of stationery and business accessories to fulfil your needs for the year ahead.