200 Years of Diaries with Collins

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Celebrate 200 Years of Diaries with Collins as they mark a bicentenary of diary making and as manufacturers of other lifestyle products.

Collins are celebrating a major milestone in their history this year, as 2019 marks 200 years of diaries produced by the leading diary and stationery brand.

As a brand, Collins have regularly looked to push the boundaries of design and innovation, whilst being able to explore new and innovative ways to meet more modern customer needs.

Regarded by many in the industry as a passionate maker of stationery and traditional products which are established for their high quality, Collins has expanded its product portfolio since its inception with Diaries, Journals, and other products.

History of Collins

Collins is a brand which is heavily steeped in Scottish heritage.

Their progression as one of the leading producers of books and stationery began 200 years ago in 1819, when its founder William Collins, set up his very first printing press in the Candleriggs street of Glasgow, Scotland.

During this point, the very first range of Collins diaries for the mass market were published and produced under 5 different titles.

Collins was given the honor to become the diary craftsman for the Queen of England and could count the Duke of Wellington among his associates.

Since that time, Collins has grown over the years and throughout the centuries to become one of the world’s leading stationery and lifestyle brands, spreading their influence with high quality stationery designed with authenticity and self-expression always in mind.

A Special Design for a Special Occasion

In marking 200 years of diaries, Collins have launched a special tartan design, regarded to be one of its kind and a design which has been registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans.

The design, which features a colour palette with direct relevance to Collins’ Scottish roots, is regarded to be an expression of the brand’s rich tapestry based on its heritage, story and ambitions.

The Heritage Blue colour of the design, which has become synonymous with the Collins brand, has been combined with the Blue and White of the Scottish flag.

An inclusion of gold which makes up part of the special pattern references the time in history where gold was gilded by hand onto Collins’ book covers.

Reflecting on 200 Years of Diaries

Giving her thoughts on 200 years of diaries and the bicentennial anniversary of Collins, Executive Chairlady and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Connie Chan, comments:

“Looking back on our first 200 years, our passion has never wavered, and we’ve been steadfast in creating quality stationery for authentic self-expressions.

We have designed numerous organisational tools that improve the daily lives of our customers and encourage them to let their creativity flow.

As we write a new chapter for the next two centuries, we’ll continue to evolve to suit consumers’ preferences and attitudes while always staying true to our Scottish roots.”

Chan then summarises:

“Be it a diary, notebook or desk planner, every Collins product inspires self-expression and is delightfully pragmatic.

After all, Collins is the conduit of what flows from within.”



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