Solely relying on its heritage, has never been enough for
stationer and leather goods company Smythson.
When in 1887 folk needed chic leather notebooks for their
dilettante travels, Smythson provided. Cut to 2007,
when folk needed natty covers for their iPads or slick ways to
house ugly phone chargers, again Smythson provided.
And now with its latest collaboration, Smythson shows how
old-school craft can have a beautiful flirt-up with
contemporary art. Step forward Quentin Jones - illustrator,
film-maker, model and Cambridge philosophy graduate - who has
gathered up the brand's classic Panama Collection and decorated
each of the pieces with her playful, curious, individual
style. There are passport covers lined with crosses, bags
covered in dots and splashes, key rings featuring her winking cats
or rough drawn hearts and the famous Soho notebook has been
transformed into either a 'Soho Saint' or 'Soho Sinner'. You
These deliciously desirable, whimsical pieces are yet
another example of how despite screens swallowing paper, Smythson
is keeping up.