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07 December 2011

Aston Filofax in Orchid

I've had a lot of people asking me about my personal Aston in Orchid, what the color is like, how is the leather, etc. Here is my full report!

The Aston, like other luxury Filofaxes, comes in a nice Filofax box.
The stitching is beautiful.

I've had a lot of people ask me about the color, which is pretty well represented here (on my computer at least). It is a pinky purple. I would call it a dark mauve.  The stitching is lighter, more pink.
The inside layout has card slots and a full-length pocket in the front:

and a full length zip pocket in the back:


The leather is so incredibly flexible that the cover bends completely back easily (and there you can see my street in the background).


The Aston lays flat right out of the box. It comes loaded with the Cotton Cream diary, tabs and pages throughout.

The back of the binder has more of the beautiful stitching:
Another view of the front:

A good image of the color:

This shot with the flash shows the texture of the leather. It's not pebbly like the Finchley.

Many thanks to my dad who very generously gave me my Aston as a birthday present!!! Thanks Dad!

24 comments:

  1. Oooh this Filofax is beautiful! :-)

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  2. very beautiful.

    Guess what - I finally bought my first filofax in years this week. :)

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  3. What a beauty! So like the Finchley - I'm sorry they are discontinuing the Finchley, but this looks like a good replacement. What will she be used for?

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  4. I expect to change it out seasonally with my Aqua Finsbury, which I use as my Medical Filofax that goes everywhere in my bag with me. I'm planning to switch to the Aston in January. :)

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  5. Lovely looking Filo....I must resist temptation ;o)
    Thank you for the report and all the pics.

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  6. What a gorgeous Filofax! No, I do NOT need another one!

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  7. Oh dear. I'm going to have to stop looking at this blog! I too have an Aqua Finsbury (which I love) but decided I wanted a purple Filofax in a softer leather. I've been eyeing up the Finchley, but then I saw your 'report'. The Aston is lovely! I've seen it before but wasn't quite sure.

    Anyway, I had a quick look on good old eBay this morning and guess what? I found an Aston in Orchid for less than half the normal RRP, brand new! So it will be mine just as soon as the postman delivers it to me! Thank you for helping make my choice a lot easier!

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  8. Am I the only one having palpitations and so on at the picture of the cover being bent like that????
    Looks like a lovely filofax though!

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  9. Beautiful! This color, along with the mushroom, are stunning!

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  10. Beautiful.... shape, colour, stitching, interior.... stunning!

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  11. Mmm, lovely... is it just me or the Aston looks like Ms. Finchley got married to Mr. Malden and they had a baby???...

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  12. Such a lovely looking Filofax!

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  13. LOL! I assure you that the Aston was perfectly willing, able and unharmed bending over backwards as such. It is so incredibly flexible, there weren't even any creases on the front cover to indicate it had been bent and went right back into its normal shape as if nothing had happened!

    And yes, the love child of a Finchley and a Malden really is a good description of the Aston!!

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  14. I have been wondering when the Filofax Aston in Orchid would get some attention on this blog! So happy to see this post, thank you.

    I purchased the exact one over a month ago and am THRILLED, I truly believe that my quest to find the perfect Filofax has ended (and this after trying the Chameleon, Finsbury and Malden - I think I can admit that because I'm among "friends" here). The color is lovely, a beautiful pink that is also sophisticated. I mostly work from home but when I do meet with clients I am relieved to find that the Orchid doesn't seem as cutesy as the pink Finsbury did for some reason. The leather is soft, thankfully, since I was moving from the Malden - but the binder has a bit more structure to it which I appreciate.

    I'm not trying to be an enabler... but I would not hesitate to put this binder on your Christmas List if you are at all tempted - it is lovely and you won't regret it!

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  15. If only they did that colour in A5 I would snap it up.

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  16. Very beautiful indeed. Is the leather hardwearing?

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  17. It's not in active use yet so I can't tell you about scratchability/ durability. I'll report back after I've used it for awhile!

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  18. I have been using my Aston for well over a month and it looks brand new! I take it with me everywhere and also use it as a wallet - it is not sitting on a desk all day. My Finchley became visibly scratched under similar conditions. I've noticed that the binder feels more pliable now but the leather remains smooth. If my impression regarding the Aston durability changes I will certainly add to this post though.

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  19. Well I got my Aston and whilst it's lovely, I'm struggling with the pen loop. I'm finding it almost impossible to fit a pen in it, it's just so tight! :-(

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  20. @Lucy
    I had the same problem with my baroques and in the end I ordered a Zebra sharbo diary pen which has both a pen and a propelling pencil in it and is really slim. I got mine from Cult Pens:
    http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Zebra_Sharbo.html
    Not sure where you're based but I can recommend both the pen/pencil and Cult Pens - I had good service from them (I am not affiliated! I just got good service!).
    Hope that helps!

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  21. This is so absolutely gorgeous and they have it on sale (30% off) at the moment I am trying to talk myself OUT of spending money... but I may just have to buy it! I currently have a Classic and it's much more stiff than I anticipated it would be and certainly does not lay flat, which I would really appreciate. I might have to order one this weekend... it will be my 2nd! I suddenly am realizing how people end up with SO many haha :)

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  22. I just ordered an Orchid, personal size. It should be here next week!
    ***There is a 50% OFF salesat Filofax USA on the Aston in Orchid, the Cuban in black, most of the Maldens--and many many others!
    It's over at 12am EST on 8/2/13

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  23. I'm just wondering how people are still liking their Astons? Have they worn well?

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