There’s something about September and that pervading ‘start of term’ feel, which lingers on long after you’ve left the education system. And who says it’s only students who can enjoy a September refresh? With a third of 2019 still to go before the actual New Year arrives, its the perfect opportunity for a little retail-therapy pick-me-up to boost your motivation, galvanise your attempts to get back into work mode, post-summer holiday season. Put a spring in your step by updating some key pieces of your workwear and stationery staples with a visit to The Royal Exchange’s stylish boutiques.
If you can’t resist the allure of a blank page then Smythson should be your first stop with its vast range of notebooks and academic year diaries in a multitude of colours, styles and formats. The popular Soho notebook (pictured) is crafted in cross-grain lambskin, and you can put your own stamp on this timeless design by using Smythson’s personalisation service to add text, your initials or one of a selection of curated motifs.
Next, pop into Montblanc to marvel at its collection of world-renowned writing instruments, designed to make note-taking a pleasure whatever the subject matter. The StarWalker collection ballpoint pen (pictured), with its translucent dome cap inspired by the view of planet Earth as seen from outer space, serves as a reminder to keep exploring and thinking outside the box.
With your stationery suitably elevated, it’s time to turn your attention to your weekday ensemble. Accessories have a clever way of revitalising your wardrobe without having to overhaul it and a new pair of sturdy, yet stylish, shoes from Church’s, Crockett & Jones or Pretty Ballerinas (pictured) will keep you looking smart and feeling comfortable as you march on into autumn.
As time is of the essence in every workplace, you can easily justify treating yourself to a new wristwatch to help you stay on schedule. The Royal Exchange is home to a wide range of leading watch brands, with something to suit every personality. Watches of Switzerland carries a covetable collection of watch brands, including the iconic Rolex Datejust 41 (pictured) – a timeless addition to any outfit with its elegant aesthetics, and an investment piece to pass down to future generations. Meanwhile, the Omega boutique on The Royal Exchange’s central courtyard is home to a wide range of designs, from classic to sporty. The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m (pictured) is a nod to the brand’s maritime heritage. Water and scratch resistant, it will carry you seamlessly through your day, from the office to the gym and on to any social events.
However formally you may be required to dress for your job, there’s always a way to inject a little personality into the mix, and for suit-wearers, this is where cufflinks provide the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and have a little fun. Tateossian offers an assortment of unique designs, such as the bestselling Round Skeleton Gear cufflinks (pictured) – an example of Tateossian’s forward-thinking approach to design, with an intricate moving element that’s sure to be a talking point with your colleagues.
Visit The Royal Exchange this September to discover all of the above, and much more, and begin the autumn feeling refreshed and raring to go.
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Round Skeleton Gear cufflinks, £255, Tateossian; Soho notebook, £145 without personalisation/£155 with personalisation, Smythson; StarWalker metal ballpoint pen, £455, Montblanc; Rolex Datejust 41 watch, £9,500, Watches of Switzerland; Aqua Terra 150M Omega Master Co‑Axial 41.5mm, £3,920, Omega; Rosario navy blue patent ballerinas, £129, Pretty Ballerinas; all available at The Royal Exchange