New In: Chopard Gifts & Accessories

Here at The Pen Shop we’re always keen to work with new brands, and those that are rich in history (a bit like ourselves) especially peak our interest! So it is with great pleasure that we are launching a great selection of accessories and gifts from luxury brand Chopard this week, both online and in selected stores.

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Chopard have built up a tremendous reputation since 1860 in the fields of watch and jewellery making and remain an independent family firm to this day. They have developed and maintained their family spirit over the many years the company has been in existence, training their personnel to ensure the highest quality in their products.

The Pen Shop will stock a selection of Chopard pens, in Ballpoint, Rollerball and Fountain Pen styles. As well as a selection of small leather goods such as wallets, passport and card holders, iPad cases, belts and briefcases. Chopard clocks are also being presented for both the home and travel, as well as cufflinks and key rings for the perfect Christmas gift. Treat your loved ones to something special!

Shop the full range of Chopard HERE.

New Concession Opening in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne’s prestigious department store Fenwick, is the latest collaboration with Europe’s largest instrument writing specialist, The Pen Shop. Fenwick, situated on Newcastle upon Tyne’s most popular high street Northumberland Street, was the first store to open in the Fenwick group in 1882. Since then, many of these luxury department stores have opened around the UK.

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On display at our new Fenwick concession will be a magnificent range of luxury and premium pens, including Montblanc, Caran d’Ache, Graf von Faber Castell, Kingsley, Cross, Lamy, Sheaffer, Parker and Waterman, together with an extensive range of gifts and leather accessories.

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The Pen Shop opened originally in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1858 and it is with great pride that our new concession is now settled on the ground floor of Fenwick in the city. We still have our original store in Newcastle upon Tyne’s Eldon Gardens, so you now have a choice on where you would like to pay us a visit.

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Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Sun: 10.30am-5.00pm

Contact Information
T: 0191 4979730
E: Newcastle.fenwick@penshop.co.uk

We’d love to hear your thoughts on our new home – comment below or follow us on Twitter and Facebook and leave us a message!

 

The Pen Shop Gift Guide: For Her

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When it comes to spoiling the special lady in your life on Christmas day, we at The Pen Shop think we’ve got some must have items that will make 2015 one of wonder.

We come up with our top 5 items that we think every woman should wake up to on Christmas Day – and you can just sit back and relax knowing she’ll love it.

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Trust in the perfect partnership between pen and paper. This gorgeous buffalo leather Filofax organiser1 is the perfect handbag size for the modern on-the-go lady. Pair it with an elegant, sophisticated and timeless, chrome trimmed, fountain pen and ball Waterman pen set2 in its own luxury gift box.

Want something a bit more distinctive that adds instant glamour? Check out the Ted Baker rose gold set3 – with a hidden secret, the twist-ball pen features a stylus nibbed end so your lovely lady can write or tap till her hearts content.

One for a woman who always wants to look her best. Maranda Ti is  one our favourite brands and her compact mirror & lipstick case4 is an essential for ‘little extra’ this Christmas.

Still a bit stuck? A classic with a twist never goes amiss. Treat your beloved to a chic, floral affect Cross Botanica5 fountain pen with subtle metallic tones and 23ct Gold Pale trims.

The Pen Shop Gift Guide: For Him

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Men can traditionally be very difficult to buy for, they seem to own everything already! So to save you the hard work we’ve come up with a selection of gifts. You’re bound to find something among them for the man in your life.

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If your man likes the designer high end pieces in his life, why not invest in a very special Montblanc pen1? He will love you forever!

Or if you’re looking for a writing instrument a little lower down in the price scale, but no less luxurious, opt for a Ferrari Fountain pen2.

What to give the man who has everything? A hip flask and cufflink set3 of course! The minimal and sleek design will appeal to everyone from your brother to your grandad.

Perfect for travelling as well as a stylish home accessory, the Grants of Dalvey Cavesson Clock4 is the perfect timepiece for the man who likes to keep one eye on the time.

For the man who likes gadgets, this is one wallet with a difference, the Secrid Miniwallet5 will safely secure all of your cards and cash in a compact size.

The Pen Shop Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

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Now we have Halloween and Bonfire Night behind us, it’s Christmas all the way from this point on! If you’re not wanting to get completely underway with your Christmas shopping just yet, why not start gently with some inexpensive Stocking Fillers? We have a fantastic selection of small gifts for your family and friends, all under £20 and some as low as £1.50!

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Our best selling Flip notes(from £6) are a cute little mini notebook with matching pen, so handy to carry around in a ladies handbag or breast pocket for the gents.

These mini Torches2 (from £5) are another perfect accessory for any handbag. Available in a selection of stylish fashion designs, they’re a must have for helping you find your keys on these dark winter nights. Keep your keys in one safe place with a selection of multi-functional key-rings(from £8), some of them double up as a trolley token, stylus and a torch.

For thoughts and notes on the go, why not buy friends or colleagues a rainbow coloured notebook4 (from £3) in either A5 or A6 style. And for the doodlers in your life, celebrate Cool Britannia with a Union Jack pencil(£1.50) or choose from our fantastic selection of pens6 (from £10), available in an array of styles and colours – you can never have too many pens in your life!

Personalise Your Gifts

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Whether you are in the market to buy some writing instruments and gifts for loved ones or even just as a treat to yourself, why not make your Pen Shop delights a little more special with our Embossing & Engraving service. Introduced just in time for the Christmas season, initials or short messages can be imprinted onto various products, depending upon their size.

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Embossing can be carried out on to selected products, where you can choose from three print options of blind deboss, gold foil and silver foil. Using the elegant Times Roman font, the embossing gives a personal finish to a special gift.

We will also be offering an engraving service, so that your writing instrument can truly become your own. Engraving up to 20 characters will be on the cap of the pen, in either a Helvetica and Rollerscript lettering.

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Both the Embossing & Pen Engraving services will carry a small £7.50 standard charge per item. Pen Box engraving carries a standard charge of £5 per box with 50 characters allowed on the box.

There is also the option of a laser engraving service which offers the option of a longer message to be engraved along the top face of some of the gift boxes at a charge of £5.

To shop our new range of personalised products, shop our Embossed Leather Gifts, Engravable Pens collection or our Engravable Gifts Boxes collection today.

Fountain Pen Day + Findings from our Recent Survey

As you will have seen recently, The Pen Shop conducted a Customer Survey, emailed out to our Pen Shop clientele. We wanted to find out more about you, our customer, to understand your writing habits and the future of this age-old tradition. We have had a fantastic number of completed surveys back from our loyal customers, you have shared with us lots of insights into your pen journeys and the part that writing instruments play in your lives.

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So as we are celebrating Fountain Pen Day today (with 10% off when you use TENOFF), we thought it would be an appropriate time to share a sneak peak into our findings. Fountain Pen Day occurs on the first Friday in November around the world, and was originally begun as a day to celebrate and promote the Fountain Pen as a popular modern day writing instrument.

Anyone thinking that pens are on their way out in this digital age we are living in, will be pleasantly surprised to see that the fountain pen in particular remains a popular writing instrument.

A huge 60% of The Pen Shop customers buy fountain pens from us, above any other writing instrument. We were very happy to find that The Pen Shop customer spends a lot of their time writing on a daily basis, this is one practice that is not going out of style – 63% write letters & notes, 59% write signatures and 45% write in journals & diaries. Fountain pens of course require ink, so we were interested to find out the buying habits of ink and found that 51% of The Pen Shop customers expect to purchase about the same amount of ink in the future with 26% expecting to purchase even more ink.

What are your thoughts on the future of writing and the instruments used to write? Tweet us or comment, we’d love to hear!

Limited Edition Fountain Pen Collaboration with Cross and Fonderie 47

The Pen Shop are proud to announce we have been chosen by fine writing instrument brand Cross, as one of the selected stockists of the Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited Edition Fountain Pen.

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This collaboration between Cross and Peter Thum, founder of Fonderie 47, will present a highly covetable collector’s piece, of which only 47 of these writing instruments are being released world-wide.  After discovering many years ago, the devastating effects of assault rifles in Africa, Fonderie 47 have made it their mission to create a series of products to initiate change and alter the future of this destructive landscape.

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“In the last 20 years, ongoing wars on the African continent have resulted in the loss of millions of lives. This conflict has largely been enabled due to the widespread availability of assault weapons”.

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The purchase of the Peerless Fonderie 47 Fountain Pen presents a moral message, enabling “the destruction of 10 more assault weapons in Africa – weapons that will never again be used to take human lives”.

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The Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited Edition features a disk of blackened steel from a melted down AK47 gun embedded in its cap and marked with the Fonderie 47 logo. Around each 18KT gold-filled barrel is a center band showcasing the unique serial number of the gun that has been taken out of circulation to make it.

The Pen Shop will offer a matched donation scheme for this Limited Edition Fountain Pen. If the purchaser wishes to make a further donation to the charity The Pen Shop will match it up to £500.

Available to purchase in The Pen Shop >