Levenger’s latest catalog offers a spectacular assortment of wonderfully clever, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that products—as customers have come to expect from Levenger. The cover is emblazoned with its newest bookend: a stunning portrayal of Winston Churchill’s racehorce, Colonist II, complete with a photo of Churchill at a race on the back of the bookend plus a quote of his on the front.
Open the catalog’s cover to begin your journey in the most intelligent toyland: the new Verona II pen, now in red; the beautiful leather Pocquettes iPad Case and E-Reader Case; G. Lalo stationery from France; new reading pillows for your iPad or your book; the new Nordic-inspired True Writer pens, the Blue Delft series; and the irresistibly adorable Bronze Reading Bear Cub Pen Stand.
And that’s just the beginning. Peer a little deeper into the pages, and you’ll notice Levenger has added to its repertoire of Bomber Jacket offerings, including a new iPad Sling and an iPad/Travel Pack, keeping your tablet computer safe and sound wherever you go. And when you’re just sitting on the floor with your iPad, be sure to add what Levenger calls “the handiest pillow you’ll ever find”: the Canvas Kiss Pillow, shaped like a chocolate kiss with soft four-sided construction to prop your reader and to hold your reading and writing accoutrements.
One of Levenger’s perennial favorites is the Thai Pad (f.k.a. the Thai Book Rest), which is now also offered in outstanding leather and given new nomenclature as the Bomber Jacket E-Pad, with a nod to its flexibility as an e-reader holder, book rest and iPad propper.
Some people are almost impossible to buy for, but Levenger makes it a little easier to buy for—yes—even them, with the assortment of collegiate items that display a rendered drawing of a key site on campus of your recipient’s alma mater. The framed print, paperweight, and desk box can be personalized with the person’s name, college, and graduation year; the sterling silver cufflinks are an outstanding gift for the man who would love to have a conversation-starter that would enable him to gush about his school. Alumni love a bragfest in good humor, after all.
A few more new items for writing connoisseurs include a new shade of the Chesterton pen, now in espresso; the Kaweco Classic Sport pens, whose design is solely credited for lifting at least one playwright out of his anti-writing feelings he’d developed as a child; and for pencil purists, the Palomino Blackwing Pencil line is back—to satisfy its slew of fans. And a revolutionary new design in fountain pens is the Parker Ingenuity 5th Mode, which uses its own special refill that interacts perfectly with the nib, but doesn’t require that the pen be capped or maintained in any special way like traditional fountain pens. Brilliant.
And because Levenger likes to keep things fresh by adding unexpected offerings, browse the Amazonia Collection, built in the USA with exotic woods: the Magnifier, Bookmark, Card Holder, Card Case, and Money Clip. Their twin set in Pau Brasil and walnut variations of this line can even be monogrammed. You’ll be surprised at the intricate design and handiwork of these pieces. No typecasting there.
But there are some things customers have come to expect on a regular basis, and one of those is Levenger’s delicious leather pieces—which are constantly being revived and redesigned. Be sure to view the Raffinato Collection, crafted of supple Italian leather and turn-lock or squeeze-open closures. The leather Cambridge Collection has been expanded to include cases for your iPad, e-reader and smartphone—and Tusting, makers of that spectacular line, recently branched into a new arena in velvety nubuck leather, the Tusting English Messengers (surprisingly available in plum!). All are sure to please the discriminating tastes of those who have a fond appreciation for leather pieces which are meticulously crafted in England.
There are always so many new things at Levenger, and the easiest way to see them all in one fell swoop is to visit the What’s New section of the Web site. There, you’ll be able to view the latest offerings in Levenger’s exclusive Circa disc-binding system notebooks, furniture, lighting, and trinkets for all ages and…well, let’s just say Levenger has also gone to the dogs this fall. Bow wow, wow wow!
— Heather Collins Grattan