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No, we haven't started our Christmas shopping yet, either. But it's about time to start seeking inspiration, so we have prepared a gift guide to help you find some wonderful ideas: naturally we have some excellent presents for stationery lovers, but we also have a wide range of more unusual items for those hard-to-buy-for people in everyone's life. Simply click on the image above, then pick the collection that best describes the person you are shopping for, and you'll see a selection of unforgettable presents to suit them. Easy!
For those of you raring to start, we are offering Free Standard UK Shipping or £5 Off International Shipping for the whole of the next week. Just enter the code LookHowOrganisedIAm when you checkout between now & midnight on Friday 25th November. Happy shopping!
If you've been keeping an eye on our website since we launched it in 2012 you'll have noticed that the selection of products is getting wider and wider. We can still only offer a fraction of what's available in the shop (and if you've visited us on Turl Street you'll understand why!) but have tried to cover as many different areas as possible.
One area that has been completely left out, though, are our antiques. Until now! Look out over the coming weeks as we begin to add an assortment of items taken from our eclectic antique collection. There will be inkwells and, of course, a good few Bavarian carved wood bears (these are now Scriptum mainstays!).
We only have one of each of these very special pieces, here's a sneak preview of some of them:
Ivory & silver page turner, 1909
Bavarian carved wood inkwell, c. 1900
Silver Mappin & Webb inkwell, 1899
Bavarian carved wood inkwell, c. 1890
With London very much in the international spotlight this year, and the Olympics in full swing, we thought it might be a good moment to showcase a few of our favourite products that are made in the UK.
Large faux book bookends, £85. Handmade in the Cotswolds.
Dinner party journal, £46.
Labrador bookends, £105. Handmade in the Cotswolds.
We hardly need to be reminded how much pleasure can be obtained from writing with a fountain pen, but nonetheless we’re very happy to read of their recent resurgence.
The BBC reports that many fountain pen stockists have seen sales increase this year - some up to double 2011’s figures for the same period. But this “is not part of a wider handwriting boom” - sales of ballpoint pens have remained stable. The fountain pen seems to hold a special place in our hearts, not simply for providing a superior writing experience to the ballpoint, but also because of its connection with tradition and its status as a beautiful object in its own right.
Stephen Bayley, writing in the Telegraph, thinks there’s “something touchingly humane about this resurgence. Given the choice, we prefer warm, wet smudginess to glacial perfection.”
In fact, the Telegraph has recently received a deluge of letters on the joys of fountain pens - providing even more reassurance that they’re here to stay (although some correspondents apparently still prefer to write with quills!).
And whilst every fountain pen devotee has his or her own brand of choice, at Scriptum we’d have to side with author Neil Gaiman, who tells the BBC that his current favourite is a Visconti.
We’ve been selling their products in our shop on The Turl for a little while and now we’re very pleased to be introducing a wide selection of Bomo Art stationery to our website.
Bomo Art are based in Budapest, where they design and make all their beautiful items - from the conception of their unique printed papers, to the handbinding of their journals.
A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of a Hungarian heatwave, we were lucky enough to have lunch with the business's founder at a leafy Budapest cafe and discover for ourselves the passion and workmanship that goes into everything the company produces. Bomo Art say they aim to entice us to write… with stationery this wonderful, how could one resist?
There are cards, photograph albums, address books, boxfiles and a handful of different journals to choose from. To see everything click here.
Scriptum had a mention in Monday's Telegraph! Tim Walker very kindly describes us as one of the most gloriously idiosyncratic shops in the land.
Hello! We’re very excited to be welcoming you to Scriptum’s brand new website. As you can see, it’s now possible to order many of our beautiful products online. It’s a lovely thought that, while we remain in Oxford, our fine stationery will be whizzing all over the planet to customers old and new.
Our plunge into the digital world might seem somewhat at odds with our commitment to encouraging the arts of letter writing and journal keeping (not to mention the use of good old pen and ink) but we strongly believe that these practices can only thrive if as many people as possible have access to the information and tools necessary to carry them out.
And - as it happens - we don’t think that you need to pick between a digitalised life and one that embraces more traditional pursuits. We may be slightly biased but whilst email certainly has its place for Scriptum’s staff, none of us could let it replace sending handwritten letters on fine paper. Who wouldn’t rather receive a message in the post on a headed note card (in an envelope lined with florentine paper, of course) than a hastily dashed email?
We hope you enjoy having a look around our new site. Do get in touch if you have any questions, or would like to let us know what you think. And don’t forget to follow this blog and find us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news, special offers, competitions and to get a behind-the-scenes peak at the exciting and glamorous world of fine stationery!