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Smythson Leather Accessories

In this column, creatives cleverly reinterpret AnOther's most desired objects of the season

Smythson Marshall Travel Wallet
Smythson Marshall Travel Wallet Photography by Kate Jackling

Artist Kate Jackling creates a series of still lives featuring a collection of blue and orange Smythson leather accessories and handmade paper shapes...

Since its launch in 1887, Smythson has become known as the go-to brand for chic stationery, its most luxurious offerings detailed with 24-carat gilded edges, hand-painted borders, and custom-engraved motifs and monograms. Having established itself as a leading British brand, favoured by Queen Victoria, Grace Kelly and the current modern family, Smythson is now celebrated for a range of leather accessories alongside the iconic stationery and featherweight diaries.

"Artist Kate Jackling introduced geometric handmade paper shapes to her Smythson still lifes, making reference to the accessories' clean designs and the brand's rich history"

For our latest Object of Desire, we selected our favourite Smythson pieces in the trademark Smythson blue and orange, including a goatskin travel wallet, iPad case, crocodile currency case and pouch. The travel wallet, the ultimate airport accessory features four document pockets with a navy satin-finish lining. The pouch, loved by by AnOther's male and female editors, features a single, sky blue stitch at each ends of the zip and a weighty gold zip pull-tab.

British photographer Kate Jackling, who is known for her delicate, handmade paper arrangements, chose to introduce geometric handmade paper shapes into her Smythson still lifes, making reference to the accessories' clean designs and the brand's rich history.

Text by Laura Bradley

Laura Bradley is the Editor of She is a writer specialising in fashion, fragrance, arts and culture and contributes to NOWNESS, Dazed & Confused and The Gourmand.


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