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Retailer launches Italian partnership pen

A Shropshire businessman has helped to develop an exclusive limited edition fountain pen - in partnership with Italian designers.

John Hall, who owns Write Here in Shrewsbury’s High Street, is thought to be the only pen shop proprietor in the country to have undertaken such a venture.

He said: “I have worked with designers and manufacturers at the Italian company Scribo to create a beautiful writing instrument,” said John, who has made several trips to the town of Bologna in northern Italy for project meetings.

“They are colleagues who worked with the famous pen company OMAS until its closure in 2015.

“We are all very proud of our ‘Write Here’ special edition product which was developed over many months with great care by craftsmen and engineers.

“They have taken our shop’s logo and corporate colours to produce a striking fountain pen with a gold engraved nib.”
Limited to 50 pieces and priced at £450, several have been snapped up already.

“There is a growing demand for fine pens in today’s market and we have a very loyal customer base in the UK and abroad, with people travelling for miles to visit us.  We predicted that the new pen would be popular – we expect it to sell out,” added John, whose shop has recently undergone a £50,000 refurbishment to provide extra display space.

The store is now one of the largest independent specialists in the UK, with several hundred pens on sale from many different manufactures. The shop also sells art materials, greetings cards, and social stationery.

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