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Downey UK Real Living Wage Employer Downey is a Living Wage Employer

Without our staff, we wouldn't be where we are now and we certainly wouldn't be able to produce beautiful projects for our clients. So in 2022, we signed up to be an official UK real Living Wage Employer, a very proud moment in our history.

Downey x New York City

New York, New York. We’re coming to you

With huge excitement we’re pleased to say that as of May 1st, Downey will have their first office New York office, located on...........

Downey's Leo Turner included on the Walpole Power List 2023

For the last four years, Walpole, the official sector body for British luxury has been announcing their annual Power List. Highlighting the 50 most influential people working within British luxury.
This year, we're proud to announce that Downey's Leo Turner is among those.................

Coat of Arms Stationery by Downey for Private Family Office Downey working with a Private Family Office

Downey has been a supplier to Private Family Offices for many years and we have seen a growing trend that ...

Downey recognised for it's excellence in print production, design and supplying luxury brands for over a century Downey awarded The 2021 Stationers' Company Warrant

Downey is delighted to announce that we have been awarded The 2021 Stationers' Company Warrant by the ... 

Downey Bespoke Christmas Card with Love Peace and Hope Downey 2020 Love Peace Hope

This has been such a difficult year for us all, forcing many to find new ways to survive, innovate and adapt to new realities. The challenges faced, professionally and personally, have impacted us in many different levels. However, it is important not to lose hope!

Golden gilt edge invitation card stationery Guide to Gilding

Gilding is an ancient decorative art that requires a huge amount of skill and experience. Edge gilding is regarded as a specialist print-finishing technique that has its origin in bookbinding and decorating. 

The Forgotten Art of Handwriting

The intimacy of communication seemed to have gradually languished. Have we traded the excitement of creating something personal for the people we hold dear to us ...

Sustainability and Downey

Companies small and large are feeling the pressure to be both reactive and proactive in their sustainability strategy, and the print industry...

Bespoke Luxury Packaging for Luxury Brands

When marketing to HNW customers in today's digital era, it is increasingly important to make a memorable impression with the physical appearance of a product and...

What Makes a Wedding Memorable

There is something quite magical about contributing to the most wonderful and memorable day of someone’s life. When it comes to wedding stationery, we at Downey particularly enjoy

sculpted emboss with gold hot foil blocking The Skill of Combining Foil Blocking and Embossing

Downey is a bespoke creative studio and printing house with a wide range of........

The Art of the Bookplate

Have you heard the term Bookplate? I hadn’t until I started working for Downey. While I had seen them before, I never fully appreciated what I was looking at.........

Red Origami Rose Choosing the Perfect 1st Wedding Anniversary Gift

A few weeks ago, it was my first wedding anniversary and I’m pleased to say I didn’t fall at the first hurdle by forgetting the date. However, I did struggle with selecting a gift. Now, this should have been straightforward and most likely simpler for me than others because.......

Downey Luxury Social Stationery Our Core Beliefs

In 2019, Downey is 116 years old, a source of immense pride to us and our family. There is no way we would have survived and thrived for so many years without having an extremely strong set of foundations and core beliefs to work by.

Bespoke Downey Gift Box with Ribbon No Ordinary London Printer

Downey was established in 1903 and located at that time in London’s Mayfair area (Great Portland Street). In those early years, it was purely an engraving company, supplying the immense printing industry (which it was at that time) with the hand engraved tools for those companies to produce the final work from.

Rose gold foil on 12 month planners The Latest Trend

We’re in a privileged position of being ahead of the curve in that respect, anticipating these changing printing trends before they are fully revealed...

FSC accredited luxury bespoke invitation printer Luxury Invitations That Don’t Cost the Earth

We're passionate about making the most amazing products you can imagine, while we’re also absolutely committed to doing this in a responsible and environmentally clean way...

Hand Engraving Copper Thoughts from a Hand Engraver

In this world of high-speed printing, the art of printing from engraved copper and steel plates has to a large extent been forgotten...

Creating a Coat of Arms

As the centuries passed, coats of arms and crests evolved, growing from representing individuals and families to organisations and companies, even entire nations...

Lasercut Bafta Menu, Invitation Benefits of Laser-Cutting
Leo Turner and John Haslam Is Print Dead? The Importance of Print
Luxury Menu 1 The Making of a Perfect Luxury Menu
Thermographic Printing 1 All About Thermographic Printing
Embossed Card 1 What is Embossing & the Main Embossing Techniques
Case Binding What is Book Binding & the Best Book Binding Methods
Business Envelope Paul Smith 4 Great Business Envelope Designs
Pure Events invitation 5 Unique & Creative Brand Invitations
Gold foil and embossed texture on pink card Made to Impress: Textured Cards & Envelopes
Al Shaqab Invitation Crafting a corporate brand identity through design
Royal Warrants
Behind the Scenes at G.F Smith
Long Live Print
Madame Tussaud’s Luxury Packaging Project
Bespoke Invitation Envelopes
The William Vintage Dinner
Bespoke Christmas Greeting Cards
Farfetch Private Client Packs
The Personal Touch
The Bannenberg Book Launch
Supporting the Terrence Higgins Trust
London Fashion Week Invites AW15
Downey Supporting the DBA
The First Impression
A Christmas Polar Bear
The Stationery Stock Choice
Our Halloween Cards and Letters
Christmas Cards by Downey
Fashion Invitations and Printing
Creative Letterpress Printing
The Terrence Higgins Trust ‘Friends Gala Dinner’ Luxury Invitations
Watermarking – the lasting impression
Downey Gets Inspired at the Paul Smith Exhibition
Edges: An Overlooked Design Aspect
Custom Designed Wax Seals