Tracking down the ideal Christmas present can be tough, and sometimes even in a city with as much shopping choice as London, the perfect gift can elude you. However, Armorial are here to help with the gift guaranteed to please the lady or gentleman who has everything – beautiful, handcrafted stationery. Arriving at Harvey Nichols just in time for Christmas, the bespoke stationer has built a reputation in its native France for an uncompromising commitment to quality, earning itself the silver Médaille de la Ville de Paris from the Mayor of the City for an 'outstanding contribution to the Capital.' Since launching in 1890, the brand has become a champion for preserving the finest techniques of artisan printing, using a range of expert skills to create exquisitely-finished stationery, from stamping and engraving through to embossing and gilding.
The new Harvey Nichols concession showcases the best of the brand, featuring a range of luxury calfskin goods such as notebooks and organisers, alongside writing instruments from brands including Montegrappa and Namiki and a selection of desk accessories. The concession also includes Armorial's range of correspondence cards, greeting cards and writing sets, delicately embellished with a range of playful motifs, from a hummingbird, elephant and bumble bee through to a noble rooster. Expert consultants are also on hand to guide customers through a bespoke printing service, creating personalised stationery for brands, companies or personal use, and adding custom detail to anything from RSVPs and save the dates through to business cards and letter paper. In an age where emails and texts have come to dominate communication, the joy of receiving a handwritten note remains enduring. John Donne once commented, "Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for, thus friends absent speak," - so at a time of year where we thank friends and family, putting down the ipad and picking up a pen has never seemed more apt.