The Silvine Story
"I would walk down to the village shop with my £1 weekly pocket money and purchase a 25p mix of sweets, a can of fizzy pop, a Silvine Exercise Book and a pencil." - Nikki, Notes of Life
While you may not recognise the name, you're sure to recognise the design of their books - the iconic bold red cover and midnight blue logo. Chances are, if you grew up on British soil then you've put pen (or pencil) on Silvine paper at one time or another.
The Silvine story starts over 175 years ago in the small market town of Otley. It is here among the narrow streets and stone-built terraces of Yorkshire that this authentic British brand set out to produce paper products designed for purpose - engineered to perfectly meet the needs of those who used them.
Silvine have now delved into their archives, found samples from yesteryear and decided to pay homage to the originals with a new range of notebooks, crafted for the 21st century. They've called the range "Silvine Originals" and it's described as "A true British icon reinvented".
From the same factory in Otley, using the same machinery that has been making the books for six generations come a collection that retains the level of quality & craftsmanship that has made the originals so iconic.
Here at Utility we love to look out for the details, and Silvine perfectly understand that sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference.
The perforated edges of each page that allows them to be easily removed, the hand finished calico binding that provides durability and the hand stitched spines with finished ends to stop unravelling – these are all qualities that you may not notice at first but go a long way to improving your writing experience.
It's also nice to see Silvine stick to their roots and champion like-minded companies. The new Silvine Originals collection has been created using paper sourced from the renowned James Cropper Mill in Kendal - a family run business also in its 6th generation.
The new collection retains a 300gm2, red dyed cover which has been colour matched to the bold red of the originals. The books, which come in various sizes all feature 90gm2 natural white wove writing paper making them a joy to write on. The classic light cyan ink and pages that lay flat go to show that Silvine leave no stone unturned when creating a truly functional notebook.
You can now shop the Exercise, Memo & Pocket books from the Silvine Originals collection online and instore at Utility.