Monogramming is a trend that has journeyed seamlessly through the ages. For centuries the monogram has been used as a symbol of status, royalty, wealth, and even location in its earliest form. From its humble beginnings that can be traced back to Greek and Roman times, it's clear that the monogram has remained a valued symbol of pride for many and is unperturbed by fleeting fashion trends.
As many products continue to hit the highstreet en masse there is something about a hand-finished customised product with a personal touch that is so coveted. So, what exactly is it about personalisation and monogramming that draws us in and makes our most treasured experiences and possessions that much more special to us?
A monogram, by definition, is a motif created by combining or overlapping initials to create one symbol. This definition differs from the modern-day vernacular, whereby monogramming is widely understood to be the initials of an individual's name. Monograms are often found on our most used, valued, and personal possessions, such as garments and accessories, including phone cases & iPad cases, wallets and other personalised items.
A History of Monogramming
Traced back to Greek and Roman times, monograms were first introduced as early as 350BC. The earliest known monograms in existence were Greek cities forged onto coins; this would often include the first two letters of the cities name. The monogram would often be small due to the size of the coin but would give a good indication as to the source of the coinage.
Throughout the Victorian era personalisation for the many was unaffordable; only the wealthy and the growing middle class would have monogrammed items. So coveted were monograms in the Victorian era those able to afford it would collect other peoples monograms – this became a competitive Victorian sport in England & America!
Monograms became a symbol of status and luxury when adopted by the monarchy. Names of royal families would be intertwined to create an insignia – often adorned with a crown. This would then be worn by government representatives to symbolise their connection to the monarchy. Countries documented to have done this include Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and Sweden.
Monogramming in the modern day
As technology evolves, monogramming can now be produced by machines. However, it's clear that the monogram's concept can reach across centuries, from 15th-century nuns embroidering their finest fabrics to some of the most recognised modern-day brands such as Gucci, Chanel, and Fendi adopting monograms that stand as a key symbol of their brand.
At the time of writing, Instagram shows a whopping 3 million posts when searching for #Monogram, while #Monogrammed brings up 318k posts - proof of some real interest in the art of monogramming in 2020.
Monogramming that makes a statement
History tells us that monogramming is a trend that never goes out of style. At TORRO, our ethos from day one has been to create accessories that we love to use ourselves. Made with the highest quality materials, meticulous attention to detail, and accessible to all, we are very proud to introduce Personalisation by TORRO, making your TORRO accessory as unique as you are. With debossing and gold and silver foil debossing hand-finished by our experts, there is something in our range perfect for you.