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Smythson is a luxury leather goods and stationery brand, first established on London’s New Bond Street in 1887. Every Smythson piece is beautiful, functional and embodies a sense of timeless craftsmanship, from the iconic leather-bound notebooks and diaries, to its collection of bags and travel accessories.

In 1908, Frank Smythson changed the way we document life, making the personal diary portable. Created with a forward-thinking and sustainable attitude ahead of its time, the brand’s distinctive blue Featherweight paper was born when a bottle of blue ink was mistakenly dropped in the paper pulp during production, Frank refused to allow the paper to go to waste, instead using it to produce a run of diaries and notebooks.

Frank Smythson’s inspiring sense of innovation continues to be lived by the brand as it continues to evolve and increase its positive impact on the world today. Window displays in select Smythson stores have been consciously designed to reuse, recycle and repurpose old stock that would otherwise go to waste. For example, a vitrine in the brand’s Harrods store has been created using plinths made from old books. They also build and design their shop windows so that they can be dismantled and remodelled in other stores.

Smythson recognises that sustainability is a journey. The company is committed to the continued monitoring of supply chains to ensure that raw materials and finished products are sourced and produced in a responsible way. They will also soon begin measuring their carbon footprint and work towards reducing their imprint on the environment.



Smythson has been awarded the Butterfly Mark for their measurable impact and ACTION to sustainability.

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Impact and Commitment



Smythson sources all paper and card for its packaging from certified FSC or PEFC sources, demonstrating commitment to forest conservation. Some of Smythson’s packing is currently recyclable and they will continue to increase the use of packaging that is fully recyclable as well as the level of certified and recycled paper across their operations.


Smythson designs products with impact in mind. Leathers used in Smythson’s products are carefully and responsibly sourced from Leather Working Group-audited tanneries. All of Smythson’s own factories are certified with ISO 9001 for their high quality management standards.


Smythson holds three Royal Warrants and is the supplier of choice to the UK Royal Households for stationery.

All Smythson factories comply with the Ethical Trading Initiative base code, meaning the supply chain is continuously monitored to ensure compliance with ethical working practices.

Smythson believes in equal opportunities and values the importance of a diverse and fair workplace with fair pay for all. Currently, over 50% of the members of senior management, including board members, are women.

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