What began as a dream, has grown into a family. Fountain pens are the journey.
A pen company by collectors for collectors. This is the ethos behind the ASC brand. Its founder, Emmanuel Caltagirone, believes a fountain pen must be both functional and beautiful. Born in Paris to a family of reputable pen makers, fountain pens were destined to be in his future. His father, Nicolas Caltagirone, is the well-known figure behind the reputable Waterman and Cartier pen brands. When the OMAS luxury pen brand was up for sale, Emmanuel knew it would be his crown jewel. OMAS had something other pen makers covet – beautiful and rare celluloid material. ASC continues to stretch the boundaries where beauty and tradition intersect. Creating connections from one generation to the next. Such is the legacy of Armando Simoni Club.
If there is a single British fountain pen you must own, it is Conway Stewart. Rich in history, the founders of this pen brand -- Frank Jarvis and Thomas Garner -- understood nuances of manufacturing to create beautiful writing instruments. The rest is history.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh were presented with two Conway Stewart pens from “The Gold Collection” to commemorate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Made in 18Kt solid gold, the Queen wrote a thank you letter for the gift stating they were 'useful to boot'. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair offered Russian President Putin a Conway Stewart Churchill Burgundy fountain pen during a state visit to Russia. Former French President Jacques Chirac was also given a Brown Marble Churchill to celebrate his 70th birthday. Conway Stewart pens were also selected by the Foreign Office as gifts to all world leaders at the G8 and G20 summits, along with pens for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
With this legacy, Conway Stewart endures with elegance and poignancy at a time when it demands it more than ever before. Known for its dexterity in material use, Conway Stewart was ingenious in its research and use of casein and plastics. In one instance, each slab of casein had to be cured for at least 3 months in a drying room with just the right humidity. Looking ahead, Conway Stewart moves with elegance and style. Under the stewardship of Emmanuel Caltagirone’s creative insights, the brand will further its image of eponymous British style in America.
Founded in 1993 by a handful of vintage pen enthusiasts, Bexley is synonymous with classic 1930’s American design, reminiscent of the Golden Age of fountain pens. Bexley aims to produce American-made classic designs of impeccable quality. While many American pen brands have forgone their true heritage by outsourcing production to China, we strive to make handmade fountain pens in America. Using classic materials like ebonite -- a hardened rubber material popular before modern plastics came into use in the 1920's – Bexley Pens has established a loyal following for its smooth writing experience. With decades of expertise, and now under the creative vision of Emmanuel Caltagirone and his team, Bexley will continue to produce fountain pens for fans of American-made writing instruments for decades to come. For those looking to repair old Bexley Pens, please email us to firstname.lastname@example.org