Founded in 2022, newly-weds Monica Marriott-Mills & Alexander Brown set out on their mission to combine luxury, tradition and preservation through the art of handmade leather-bound books and handcrafted lifestyle luxuries.
Each Mills & Brown journal is hand-crafted in Scotland by our bookbinding specialists. For over 100 years our team has been restoring and producing exquisite stationery for prestigious libraries, curators and private collectors. Our artisans have worked on collections for The V&A Museum, The British Library, The Natural History Museum and The Bibliothèque Nationale De France.
Atelier Est. 1909.
LOW WASTE PRODUCTION & MATERIALS
Each product is handmade to order, from start to finish. We practice low waste methods of manufacturing and pride ourselves on quality and efficiency. We use reclaimed leather, which has been lovingly treated and embossed.
Our leather supplier, J Hewit & Sons Ltd, has held a Royal Warrant for 47 years. In 1975, with a history of supplying the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, the Company was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen as ‘Manufacturers of Leather’. The leather we use is a byproduct of food production.
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING & QUALITY
Our goal is to create exceptional pieces, to be cherished and admired whilst preserving an endangered craft and a national heritage. We use the finest materials, with paper approved by the British Library and leather having been awarded a Royal Warrant.
On completion, each book is carefully wrapped in our branded tissue and beautifully presented in a Mills & Brown gift box. Our packaging is FSC® certified.
We are the last workshop in the United Kingdom to house an operational Intertype machine. Our incredible machine pre-dates the Second World War and is quite a sight to behold! Each time we personalise a book, we use its remarkable technology to create a unique ‘slug’ which is used for embossing. On completion, the ‘slug’ is melted down and the process repeats.
As more and more traditional crafts become endangered, Mills & Brown dedicates itself to nurturing, supporting and embracing the historic art of book-binding.