Our Craft, Your Story

The name Smythson has always been synonymous with our bespoke stationery, which over the years has been used by Maharajas, writers and intellectuals such as Sigmund Freud and Hollywood celebrities like Katharine Hepburn. However, adding your own unique touch to your everyday life goes beyond writing sets, business cards and even wedding invitations at Smythson, where we can also personalise your handbags and accessories with our traditional gold stamping technique, adding our craft to your story.

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Online you can customise a select range of leather goods with your initials, name or our motifs from the comfort of your own home by simply clicking the ‘Personalise’ button, which will take you to an interactive step-by-step guide to each of your options.

The process of gold stamping remains virtually unchanged from the earliest days of our 128 year history and is still a handcrafted element of our service. All our gold stamping is carried out in-house where we use vintage presses sourced specifically for the quality they produce. One of these presses, chosen for its unrivalled classic design, was tracked down in a collector’s barn in the English countryside, restored to its former glory and installed in pride of place in our New Bond Street boutique.

Each of the lettering stamps we use has been specifically created for Smythson  and  is  individually applied by skilled craftsman, with an eye for impeccable detail to make sure that we convey your personality and style in the most beautiful manner possible.


With this in mind, Smythson also offer more complex, bespoke personalisation for our leather goods, either at one of our boutiques or over the phone with our customer services team. In conversation with one of our retail team or trained craftspeople, the possibilities for personalisation are endless.


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