TRAVEL COMPANIONS

01-14-2013

During the interwar period, Edmond Goyard received a most special and challenging order from Conan Doyle: design a “portable office” the father of Sherlock Holmes could use during his extensive travels. The Goyard workshops did more than just meet the said challenge: they came up with a state-of-the-art “writer’s trunk”, whose size only marginally exceeded that of a standard trunk although it featured a folding desk, book shelves, a typewriter and various drawers where to keep precious documents and manuscripts safe.

When Doyle died in 1930, Conan Doyle’s son, Denys Percy Stewart, who was married to Georgian princess and prominent socialite Nina M’divani, kept on using the ingenious trunk to attend numerous international events and seminars dedicated to his late father’s legacy, up until his own untimely demise in India in 1955, a few days short of his 46th birthday.

Goyard has maintained a privileged relationship with travelling writers of all kinds, whether they are famous or unknown, actually touring the globe or rather daydreaming about distant horizons, and has repeatedly paid tribute to the rich bounds that have long united literature and travels, notably through a selection of timeless travel accessories, including diaries, writing pads and document holders, all celebrating a certain art of travelling in style.

The Clamecy pen is the latest addition to this traditional range. Named after the small village in Burgundy the Goyards originate from, it revisits the codes of our Maison with its Chevron pattern that mimics that of our iconic Goyardine canvas, and recreates through careful light and shadow effects its trademark slightly-raised surface, a true technical feat allowed by the use of a special 3-angle engraving process. Only the finest materials were used to manufacture the Clamecy: both the hollow barrel and the cap are entirely made with solid sterling silver, and the motif on the cap is engraved by hand. It is available in fountain pen version, equipped with a platinum and gold plated nib, or in ballpoint pen version, as to cater to the needs of lovers of practical or sophisticated writing alike.

The Clamecy pen case is quintessentially Goyard, and embodies the Maison’s enduring values of savoir-faire and refinement. Each case features a calf travel pouch with lambskin lining, available in natural or black leather, and a “stacked leather” display tray, an ancestral technique using multiple layers of leather that Goyard is one of the very last to still master and use.

Last but not least, the Clamecy also conveys a sense of exclusivity that is one of Goyard’s core values: each pen is engraved with a specific record number, which will be noted upon purchase in a special registry book kept in our boutique at 352, rue Saint-Honoré, the only Goyard outlet in the world where to find the Clamecy. Each buyer will be invited to write down a message. A charming way to become part of Goyard’s history, together with an invitation to finally indulge the Sunday writer in each and every of us.

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