The undisputed leader of the enamelling world, Halcyon Days is one of only 14 companies on the planet to hold all three Royal Warrants to the British Royal Household.
Devoted to its heritage, this quintessentially British company, founded in 1950s Mayfair, continues to employ original, English enamelling techniques, handed down through the generations, to produce illustrious, hand-decorated boxes, applauded far and wide for their exquisite craftsmanship and resplendent artistry.
In fact, commissioning enamels dates back to the 1970s, when the late Queen Mother ordered a bespoke Halcyon Days box depicting her London home, Clarence House. Then, in 1976, Cartier commissioned the company to create an enamel box for President Ford to give to the Queen Mother on her official visit to the USA. Coincidentally, she also gifted a Halcyon Days trinket box to the president, causing considerable mirth.
In 2011, Pamela Harper – former Executive Vice President of Burberry – joined the fold, bringing with her 30 years of solid luxury retail experience. In a bid to ensure that traditional enamelling didn’t get lost in the maelstrom of the modern world, she imbued the brand with a touch of fashion: Halcyon Days translated the established methods used in its signature enamel boxes to create a collection of wearable accessories. Its recent hand-decorated enamel bangles have since graced many a catwalk and garnered a loyal celebrity following.
In 2016 the company collaborated with Scottish highland estate, Gordon Castle Scotland, to produce charming fine bone china sets decorated with an illustrative Antler Trellis inspired by the domed ceiling that was once adorned with hundreds of stag antlers. Originally launched in four spring-time colours, it was later released in both red and black for the festive season. This collection was produced by Halcyon Days’ fellow Royal Warrant holding sister company, Caverswall.
A company bursting with heritage, Halcyon Days has a remarkably modern mind set, drawing in new customers with offerings such as Halcyon Time – a one-of-a-kind timepiece collection designed to be worn stacked with enamel bangles, which launched in autumn last year. There are two variations of the straps; enamel bangle or leather. An extended variation of styles were released at the end of the year.
Always fulfilling its promise to delight, exciting collaborations in 2017 include one that draws close to its initial Royal Warrant grantor, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Castle of Mey, in Caithness, was once The Queen Mother’s Scottish holiday home. In 1996, The Castle of Mey Trust was set up in order to preserve the natural beauty of the castle and its surroundings. This spring sees a delightful collection launch with a percentage of sales donated to the Trust. As the year progresses, further collaborations, pop-ups and events will be announced.
In September 2016, Halcyon Days returned to the Royal Exchange to open a sparkling new store. Should you want something bespoke, the friendly staff will take you to the VIP suite and guide you through the intricate processes of creating a unique gift designed to last a lifetime.
So where can you lay your hands on these heralded objets d’art? You’ll find them in Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Neiman Marcus, Scully & Scully (New York), Gump’s (San Francisco) and Isetan-Mitsukoshi (Tokyo), not to mention Canada, Italy, France, Switzerland, Russia, Singapore, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
It’s always far more satisfactory to see the products in the flesh as photographs can never do justice to the sheer amount of work and meticulous attention invested in each of these lovely creations, so we suggest that you take some time out to visit the shop in The Royal Exchange and experience the quality and service for yourself. Or, if that’s not an option, prepare to be surprised and delighted when your truly special delivery arrives.
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