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Smythson Mara Stationary Bureau
When it comes to fine English leather goods and stationary, few names stand taller than Smythson. Whether a diary, journal or link-box, the house has during its 129 years of life built a collection that combines unimpeachable quality with discreet and elegant design. That’s as maybe, but for something of a pièce de résistance with which to begin your new year’s resolution to write more (as journalists naturally we think that all rakish men should put Mont Blanc to paper from time to time), the Mara Stationary Bureau is a godsend. Faced in gorgeous chocolate crocodile printed calf’s leather, the bureau features a blotter and blotting paper, storage compartments, a wafer address and telephone book, an ink pot, 50 sheets of Cream Wove writing paper, 50 Kings Cream Wove correspondence cards and 25 matching envelopes – everything that one could wish for to embrace the joys of pen and ink. We can practically guarantee it’ll have you retiring to the study with a scotch and your slippers to pen an intellectual notelet or two in no time.