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  • Spotlight on: Lamy Pens

    Lamy pens have a reputation today as fine writing instruments, from their popular Lamy fountain pen range to the lesser known rollerball and ballpoint pens.

    lamybannerLamy was founded in 1930 by Josef Lamy, who had worked for an American writing instruments manufacturer. The company was formed in Heidelberg, Germany and was initially called Orthos Füllfederhalter-Fabrik.

    During the was the company had to take on armaments work for the war effort, but still managed to produce 200,000 ORTHOS and ARTUS fountain pens. After the war Josef Lamy changed the name of the company to C. Josef Lamy GmbH to appeal to a wider audience as the German economy suffered post-war.

    Lamy's breakthrough came in 1952 with the Lamy 27, which boasted a 'tintomatik' system that ensured a smooth ink flow. This Lamy fountain pen was what put the company on the map and made the industry take note of their achievements.

    As well as achieving recognition for their fountain pen, Lamy also produced the Lamyexact ballpoint pen, which was Germany's first ballpoint pen with a stainless steel cap and large capacity ink refill. The Lamyexact's success became a major player in the success and marketability of the company.

    In 1966 a partnership with a former B-Braun designer created the Lamy 2000 which challenged the conventional idea of a ballpoint pen. The 2000 incorporated more stainless steel into the design and with technical innovations like the spring clip it was the foundation of the distinctive Lamy Design that their pens are known for today.

    In 1980 the first Lamy Safari fountain pen was created, targeting schoolchildren aged between 10-15. The Lamy Safari was made from olive green ABS plastic and was extremely popular amongst the students, creating the foundation for the huge success of the Lamy Safari range.

    Lamy pen set

    In 1987 Lamy continued to innovate for school aged children, creating the Lamyabc which was designed to meet the needs of children learning to write. This Lamy pen was a collaboration with teachers and professors to help make the process of learning to write more enjoyable.

    In 1994 Lamy's profits reached the 100million German Marks goal for the first time, proving to the world that use of ecological materials can be the foundation for a successful business. In 1996 Lamy launched a protracted, targeted marketing campaign across Europe to establish themselves in key markets and secure their future.

    2001 saw the introduction of the Lamy Pico, which was created with flexibility in mind and to be carried around in your pocket. Measuring just 9cm, it used a refined lift mechanism to transform into a full sized writing instrument and was innovative enough to bag Lamy the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany - the highest design accolade in the country.

    2005 brought the introduction of the Lamy Studio, a full range of pens that was born from the success of the Lamy Scribble in 2000 amongst designers and creative workers. The Lamy Studio quickly became popular with designers again with it's full range offering a Lamy pen for all industries.

                 Brushed Steel    Lamy Platinum    Lamy Black

    Lamy pens continue to be a driving force in the creative industry, regularly winning design awards and being commended on their commitment to economically viable products. When you buy one of their pens you can be sure that all of Lamy's experience and design knowledge will come along with it.

    See our range of Lamy pens in our online store including the Safari and Studio ranges.

  • Should I write a Journal?

    In today’s busy life the idea of writing a journal may sound like something your great grandmother did. Tapping on a mobile device is the way we do things!

    But stop and consider, there are numerous reasons why keeping a journal is a fabulous idea. Your journal can be a few sheets of paper stapled together or a beautifully bound leather journals that you will keep for years. Choose something that appeals to you and make sure it is always close by.

    You can write in your journal at a set time or as the mood takes you. Joy, pain, hope, ideas, poetry, notes, feelings, future plans, complaints and to-do lists can all be recorded in this special place.

    Amalifi Leather Journal

    Get yourself a classy and stylish pen, it makes the experience far more valuable and meaningful. Choose a slim and sleek designer ballpoint, a fabulous smooth rollerball, a thick and chunky fountain pen. Each offers a unique touch. Select the one of our quality pens that suits your style.

    Don't be shy, no one else will see your journal unless you choose to allow it. It is your personal and private story.

    If you are still sceptical, consider some of the benefits a journal has to offer.

    -Get clarity of mind, stop all those conflicts from running around in your head. Put down the pros and cons and then work your way through them in a logical manner.

    -You will find that making a list of everything you need to do gives you focus. Divide your list into immediate, short term and long term projects. Add some wonderful 'wish list' projects too, so that they are not forgotten in the day to day rush.

    -Convert your To-Do Lists into Done Lists. Nothing gives more satisfaction than looking back and seeing how far you have come.

    -Take out your stress on your journal, it won't yell back or walk out the door in a huff never to return. You will become a calmer and more relaxed person.

    -Save away interesting clips that you read about or hear. Something on the radio, the internet, a class you took or a book you want to read. Keep a note so you can follow up on these things on a rainy day.

    -Write about your mistakes and achievements. Remind yourself when you read your journal about what you did that got you to where you are today, it wasn't by chance!

    -Be creative. Doodle and draw, write poetry, create delicious recipes, write down inspiring quotes, do maths, create crossword puzzles. Whatever keeps your mind active can be done in your journal.

    -Write down what you enjoy and don't enjoy about the people in your life. Sometimes a 'friend' is a negative influence, only dragging you down and offering nothing positive. Make decisions to move forward based on these clear thoughts.

    -Keep a record of your children's progress and milestones in their lives. They will appreciate reading this when they are grown up.

    Chianti Leather Journal

    Some of these ideas may appeal to you and others not. There are many more that will come to mind once you start. A journal is a personal journey of discovery and growth. It is never too late to start!

    For a stunning range of pens to use for writing in your leather journals, take a peek here

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