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Back to routine office essentials

Gorgeous work-day stationery and accessories to take the sting out of getting back to work after summer

14 September 2022

Hermès magnifying glass

With summer behind us, a return to routine is inevitable. Meetings, Zoom calls, commutes… But we’ve selected a few stylish 9-to-5 necessities to take the sting out of getting back to work. 

Anya Hindmarch has the right idea. This month, The Village by Anya Hindmarch becomes home to AHStationery, inspired by Hindmarch’s well-known love of organisation and traditional stationery stores. 

AHStationery centres on a new collection of beautiful, colourful leather stationery accessories, including beautifully supple folios and journals, fully-stocked pencil cases and other essentials, all given a dose of the designer’s playful attention to detail. 

There will also be workshops to up-level your organisational skills from Next Action Associates on their highly successful Getting Things Done methodology – read more here. Anya swears by it! 

Below are our hand-picked work-day essentials to take the sting out of getting back to the grind.


Keep ideas, plans and thoughts recorded in this sophisticated leather folio, part of Anya Hindmarch’s first stationery collection. 

Anya Hindmarch leather folio, £325 

Get detail-oriented

Hermès’ golden brass magnifying glass provides 2.5x magnification so you can really focus in on the details and doubles as an elegant objet for your home or work desk.

Hermès magnifying glass, £470

Something to remember

Covered in Gucci’s iconic GG motif, with a handy elastic fastening, each of the 220 sticky notes within this hexagonal case is printed with another of the House’s signatures: a golden horsebit. So chic, you’ll want to use them for everything from reminders to shopping lists.

Gucci sticky notes, £140 

Make an impression

Impress your contacts with considered hand-written notes on Smythson’s luxury notecards. Keep a stash in your desk for impromptu communiqués.

Smythson bordered correspondence cards (box of 10), £26 

Haute hydration

Make every sip a stylish moment with a water bottle decorated with Dior’s signature Toile de Jouy pattern.

Dior water bottle, £170 

A new commute-ready bag

Make getting back into the office after summer an occasion with a smart new bag that’s big enough for a laptop, with double smartphone pockets inside and stylish enough to turn heads.

Louis Vuitton On My Side MM, £3,100 

Take note

Whether it’s for your personal musings or to keep track of a project, this set of three small notebooks from Gucci is primarily made of resilient and sustainable Demetra material, making them not only the ideal size for on-the-go jottings (12.5cm x 16.5cm) but handbag-proof, too. You can have them monogrammed for an extra flourish.

Gucci small notebooks (set of 3), £310

Look ahead

Get ahead of planning for the new year with one of Smythson’s new 2023 diaries. The petit, handbag-sized Panama has a week-to-view layout so you can jot down ideas and engagements wherever you are.

Smythson 2023 Panama diary with pocket, £55

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