history in the making
John Letts forever changed the way we record personal history.
The Letts Group has an extraordinary history going back to 1796 when John Letts set up a stationery shop in the city of London. He invented the first commercial diary in 1812. 225 years later the family is still innovating.
Today we are a branded incubator group run by Philip Letts, the 7th generation of the eponymous diary family. He is supported by Anthony Letts. Together they are modernising and diversifying the group while nurturing the 8th generation.
Did you know that in the 1800’s we also printed interest tables, specialist clerical and medical diaries, calendars, parliamentary registers, ledgers, and logbooks. It was not long before we added address books.
Our values are no different today: family, sustainability, quality, transparency and integrity.
We invented the first commercial diary in 1812.John Letts
Letts diaries have been used by politicians, writers, inventors, industrialists and generals.Queen Victoria used a Letts diary
In the 1980’s we launched Letts Revise including GCSE and A’level revision guides.Anthony Letts
In the 1990’s we organised the Exhibition of Pompei in London and launched Gianni Versace in the UK.
In the 2000’s we largely divested of paper based products and the twenty first century Letts Group was born. We started investing in digital media and our incubator powered the exploration into environmental projects and the arts.
Letts Incubate has helped partner organisations to successfully incubate a Web currency, a smartphone desktop system, an international artists network and a creative services marketplace. We also help leading corporates to innovate better.
We are just at the beginning of the new Letts Group’s journey. We hope you will join us.
a brighter future