Collins opened their first UK pop-up shop in London on Thursday 10 October, marking 200 years of providing quality diaries and stationery. Situated near the historic Covent Garden, the shop celebrates William Collins’ legacy and the company’s rich heritage, while looking to the future with their showcase of exciting new ranges.
Recognising the growing trend of journaling, Collins have hosted free workshops to promote the healthy habit of journaling and advocate the merits of diaries and notebooks as a place to release your inner thoughts, plans and worries, freeing up your mind for what really matters. From mindful journaling for kids, bullet journaling for adults, as well as offering the whole family a chance to create unique notebook designs through the art of marbling.
To commemorate their anniversary, Collins have launched a limited edition Candleriggs diary. The anniversary product is bound in bonded leather and incorporates a special tartan design that is one of its kind, commissioned specifically for the diary. With a print run of only 1,000, each diaries’ ribbon marker is stamped with its issue number, making the product a sleek one-off collector’s edition. The Candleriggs diary is only exclusively available on the Collins website or at their pop-up shop.
For many, the location may come as a surprise for a Glaswegian company but for William Collins, London was exactly where his ambition needed to take him. In the capital, he exceeded all expectations, eventually becoming the diary craftsman for Queen Victoria. Generations of the family built on this success as it evolved over the years into the brand that’s loved and respected today.
Collins Debden managing director Shahrazz Hayat said: “looking back on our first 200 years, our passions have never wavered and we’ve been steadfast in creating quality stationery for authentic self-expression. We have designed numerous organisational tools that improve the daily lives of our customers, and encourage them to let their creativity flow. As we write the new chapter for the next 200 years, we will continue to evolve to suit consumers’ needs, preferences and attitudes while remaining true to our Scottish roots. Be it a diary, desk planner or journal, every product is delightfully pragmatic and a conduit for what flows from within.”
With a strong presence in the UK, Australia, Singapore and Japan the company has future ventures planned for America, Europe and the Middle East. Also, make sure to keep an eye out on their social media for upcoming events in Glasgow.
The pop-up shop can be located at 67B Neal Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9PJ, and is open until Thursday 17 October.
For those not able to visit the store, all the Collins products are available online at www.collinsdebden.com