For over 150 years, S.T. Dupont became a brand that rhymes with luxury and throughout the years, it combined uncompromising quality with exceptional creativity. This expertise was passed down from generation to generation.
It all started in the second half of the 19th century when Simon Tissot-Dupont, Napoleon III’s personal photographer, opened his first leather work shop in Paris. Aged just 25, Simon Tissot Dupont was a daring young man with a forward thinking mind and a cutting edge creativity.
The “Trunk-Maker of Kings”
In 1934, Simon Tissot-Dupont was named by the French press:“The trunk-Maker of Kings”. His exceptional travel trunks soon became the most wanted, fashionable and sophisticated travel accessory for Europe’s elite.
And then there was light
In 1941, the company expanded its production and launched the first S.T. Dupont luxury petrol lighter. This brand-new product was adopted by people of the high society; the Maharaja of Patiala was among the first customers.
In 1952, the first luxury gas lighter was developed: the “D57”. This technical revolution offered the unique ability to adjust the intensity of the flame using a little lever on the burner.
In 1973 the Maison S.T. Dupont designed the first luxury ballpoint pen, the “Classique S.T. Dupont”. Today, the art of writing is one of the brand’s pillars.
Symbol of elegance and refinement, the high-end S.T. Dupont ballpoint pens belong to the heritage of chic claimed by the company since its creation. A real gem, the ballpoint pen combines the quality of rare materials with a highly studied design. Clean or finely chiseled, each pen pays homage to the pleasure of writing.
The varnishing technology revived by S.T. Dupont creates exquisite products characterized by high durability. Usually, each S.T. Dupont pen is applied to 10 coats of nail polish by hand. Each writing tool goes through about one hundred and forty operations to achieve a finished look.
The series S.T. Dupont Olympio is characterized by a classic black color with a silver finish and an 18-carat gold feather. Dupont Olympio Palladium Fountain Pen is a long pen with Chinese black lacquer and a silver ring. The unique fountain pen ends with a gold feather.
Over the years, the company has produced pens and lighters for Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso, Jackie Kennedy - and more recently Prince William and President Hollande of France.
What are the signs of St Dupont authentication?
There is a way to find out if you are buying an original accessory, and S. T. DUPONT serial numbers will help you with that. Look at the bottom of the lighter, if the serial numbers are written unevenly and not perfectly positioned, then the lighter is authentic and hand-stamped. It is not considered an original S.T. Dupont if serial numbers are evenly spaced and perfectly arranged.
Here is the complete list of serial numbers of non-original St Dupont products.
02D 1GC 1J8 2YJ 6FN
03D 1GH 1JG 2JN 7FN
04D 1GM 1JN 2FH 82F
05D 1AA 1KS 2FJ 8A3
06D 1A8 19LT 2FK 93T
07D 1FJ 2A0 2KS
08D 1FK 2K0 3FK
Original lighters usually weigh less than 130 grams, and this is a guarantee for St Dupont authentication. Pay attention to the filling cap, which must be colored. This is a sign of St Dupont authentication. The original colors must be green, red, blue, and gold. These are the signs to look out for when buying a St Dupont lighter.
The S.T. DUPONT brand is a symbol of French elegance and culture. Having a lighter or pen from their collections is like owning a work of art. Each product is made with attention to detail, with precision and perfection.
“So that’s more or less what defines S.T. Dupont. We’re very special, and we are a pure French brand –95% of our products are made in France – in that same village where the brand was born – in Faverges, in the Haute-Savoie – where we have always had the workshop and where everything is hand-crafted. So at the base, it’s very much a small family story.”
~ Alain Crevet, CEO of S.T. Dupont