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From Montblanc's high-tech augmented paper to designer writing instruments, The Royal Exchange is home to a whole host of luxury stationery items that are a joy to use

09 September, 2019

As summer draws to a close and we return to our desks, the new season offers an opportunity to refocus. Give your productivity a boost with these smart work accessories and organisational solutions available from The Royal Exchange.


Practical and stylish, these are pens you won’t want to lend out. Add a pop of colour to your stationery with the Executive Tiffany Ballpoint Pen, decked out in the famous jeweller’s iconic blue, or opt for a classic look with Searle & Co’s Yard-O-Led Diplomat, which features a sophisticated design that has remained unchanged since 1934. Meanwhile, Montblanc’s Writers Edition Homage to Rudyard Kipling Limited Edition Ballpoint Pen is perfect for the well-read scribe, drawing inspiration from the renowned author’s masterpiece The Jungle Book.

Writers Edition Homage to Rudyard Kipling Limited Edition Ballpoint Pen, £655, Montblanc; Yard-O-Led Silver Diplomat Ballpen, £295, Searle & Co; Executive Tiffany Ballpoint Pen, £170, Tiffany & Co.; all available at The Royal Exchange


A tidy desk makes for a tidy mind, and there’s a wealth of options at The Royal Exchange to make reorganising an effortless task. These elegant trays from SageBrown and Smythson are crafted from calf leather and provide ample room to store even delicate items such as watches and cufflinks safely. Aspinal of London also offers an expansive collection of premium stationery such as this desk blotter in beautiful cognac English bridle leather, complete with edges that fold out to reveal a row of business card pockets.

Medium Tidy Tray in dark tan with green, £45, SageBrown; Desk Blotter in smooth cognac & stone suede, £280, Aspinal of London; Large Trinket Tray in smooth leather in tan, £205, Smythson; all available at The Royal Exchange


Allow your thoughts to run wild with the Bremont Adventurer’s Journal, which channels the free-spirited nature of the maverick British watchmaker. Smythson lends a similarly modern and luxurious touch to the writing experience with its refillable journal finished in buttery Italian calf leather, which like many of its signature pieces can be embossed with initials for a personal touch. However, if your work demands a more digital-first approach, give Montblanc’s augmented paper technology a try, allowing you to seamlessly transfer your handwritten notes to your mobile device.

Adventurer’s Journal in tan, £55, Bremont; Montblanc Augmented Paper Urban Racing Spirit, £650, Montblanc; A5 Saffiano Refillable Leather Journal in gold, £75, Aspinal of London; all available at The Royal Exchange


The perfect pen is an investment piece, and will last a lifetime if properly looked after. Keep your treasured finds in top-notch condition with these functional and chic holders. This option from SageBrown can easily fit three pens inside the luxurious suede-lined case, which closes with a discreet magnetic fastening. Smythson’s Mara Double Pen Case features loops that will keep two pens safe and secure within, while Aspinal of London’s Small Pen Case is ideal for slimmer designs, finished in the finest deep shine amazon brown croc print Italian calf leather.

Stationary_Inset_Pencil_CasesSmall Pen Case in Deep Shine Amazon Brown Croc & Stone Suede, £40, Aspinal of London; Double/Triple Pen Holder in Havana Tan, £45, SageBrown; Mara Double Pen Case in Mahogany, £185, Smythson

Discover all of the above and much more across The Royal Exchange’s collection of luxury boutiques.