Caran d’Ache’s iconic 849 pen dates back to 1969 and yet, the ballpoint looks surprisingly streamlined and modern. No surprise then that the ballpoint has sold in an excess of 15 million units. Now, the classic ballpoint gets a striking makeover. To commemorate the Swiss manufacturer’s 100th anniversary, Paul Smith takes the well-loved writing instrument to a new level of cool by coating it with dusty shades. Kicking their collaboration up a notch this year (this is, in fact, the second tie-up from the pair), Paul Smith offers the pen in eight shades – blues, greens, pinks, as well as purple and yellow – taken from the signature stripes featured in the designer’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection.
A self-professed fan of the timeless 849, Paul Smith tells us about the intimacy he shares with the pen. “I’ve been using Caran d’Ache pens for a very long time,” he says. “I’m pleased to be working with them again on these new ones. This time, the colours take inspiration from one of my famous stripes.” The Paul Smith + Caran d’Ache Edition 2 pens will be made available in individual tins, and also as part of a special box set of all eight colours.