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Currently coveting: A stylish datebook

November 26, 2010 | 10:02 am

SmythsonThis time of year, I usually start to think about a new datebook. When I'm not relying on my At-a-Glance Administrator (I've been using it since 7th grade, but try to keep it undercover because of its not-so-stylish appearance), I am carrying a Smythson.

The British stationary and leather goods company dates back to 1887 and has several royal warrants. In recent years, it's become known for colorful leather notebooks embossed with cheeky phrases such as "I've Got Nothing to Wear," "Seize the Day" and "Yes We Can." (I wonder if President Obama has his own copy?)

To keep things fresh, each year Smythson has also been collaborating with young British design talents on a limited-edition collection of notebooks, diaries and stationary. For 2011, they've chosen up-and-coming Scottish designer Holly Fulton, who is making a name for herself with her whimsical, Memphis-inspired print dresses and geometric wood, plastic and stud jewelry.

Hollyrunway I love the Art Deco-like illustration on this book (above). Plus, you gotta love a designer who takes "Joan Collins on a cruise" as inspiration for her spring runway collection (right).

The "Dynasty" icon has been quite the fashion muse lately. She's also the star of the CFDA award-winning jewelry designer Alexis Bittar's ad campaigns.

You can find the Holly Fulton collection at the Smythson website.

-- Booth Moore

Photos: Courtesy of Smythson and Holly Fulton

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