21 October 2012

Embracing (Filofax) change - part 2

With a general move to downsizing and reducing the clutter in my life, I really enjoyed reading Steve's review of the Malden compact zipped and purchased one. My plan was to use it as my sole filo and wallet combined, but I sold it as I realised that the combination of the smaller rings and zip meant it all felt a bit constricted to me.




As mentioned in part one of this post, I managed to win two beautiful slimlines on eBay and I thought I'd share some more photos of them with you.

The first contender is the scarlet Adelphi.
I know that some people aren't a fan of the slimline Adelphi due to the front poppered pocket adding extra bulk, but I quite like that as it's easy to use it as a wallet. As soon as I took it out of the packaging I loved it. The colour is a stunning vivid scarlet, the leather is quite soft and I like the diamond pattern as it adds texture and interest. I don't think the photos do it justice really.






And then we have the elegant ruby Deco.
To be honest, I assumed that I would prefer this one but I just didn't bond with it like I did with the Adelphi. It's strange as the Deco is stunning with its mini crocodile print leather and cream suede interior, and the ruby colour is a lovely deep red.






When I initially wrote this, I was asking for help in choosing between these two slimlines but the Deco has already been sold! In the end, I went with my gut feeling as I couldn't wait to use the Adelphi and kept picking it up. In comparison, I occasionally took the Deco out of its box, admired and sniffed it (!) and then put it back in the cupboard. I know that from the comments the overwhelming majority chose the Deco, but somehow the darker red leather felt more serious, a bit too posh and just not me. I did adore my purple Malden, but I was beginning to find the colour a bit on the dark side for every day use, so maybe I was ready for a cheery scarlet filo instead.  

So, the Adelphi is now my main filo, with my A5 as back up for more space and projects. I will write some posts about my slimline set up once I've settled in a little more.

12 comments:

  1. Strangely, I knew you would go for the Adelphi in scarlet, now looking inside both I can see why you chose it over the Deco. Yes, the popper may add bulk but adds a touch of security, especially as it has no outer closure...

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  2. That's what I love about FFs - there is such a wide choice and something for everyone. I do think this is a 'tactile' hobby and we often find ourselves loving something in the flesh that on paper we wouldn't have gone for. Shame there are not more shops showing a full display.

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  3. After reading Steve's review, I looked all over for a Compact Malden zipped but I just can't seem to find one. Were they only a short-lived phenomenon? Shame, as it looks perfect for me.

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    1. They will be available again officially in UK next year. But if you want one now... then look here:

      http://www.filofax.de/store/organiserdetails.asp?sizeId=13&rangeId=150&dsizeId=13

      or

      http://www.filofax.fr/store/organiserdetails.asp?sizeId=13&rangeId=150&dsizeId=13

      Steve

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    2. That's good to know, i'm considering either this in Ochre or a Compact Osterley in Orange - decisions decisions, do you have an idea when next year Steve? Thanks :-)

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  4. Steve - thank-you so much for your reply! I'm a longtime filo-fan (first one was a personal Classic black circa 1987) and I'm a new reader to this site - been catching up for rather too many hours :-)

    BTW, just wanted to say thank you for all your efforts to get the company to revert to its original high standard of well-crafted, simple, soothing, beautiful and useful products and halt this awful trend towards cheap, harsh and blingy products that I, personally, wouldn't be seen dead with.

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    1. And welcome to Philofaxy. Yes lots to read or search through if you have only just found us.

      Hope you enjoy many a happy hour reading through the previous posts.

      Regards
      Steve

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    2. Cheap, harsh, and BLINGY. What an excellent choice of adjectives to describe what sadly seems to portray the current selection available from this once great brand!

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  5. Oh-oh. Just gone and ordered the Malden Compact (ochre) from the French site. Sunday afternoon and raining but I'm very excited! Once again, thanks for info.

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    1. To Do list with Enabling entry ticked off for this week :-)

      Steve

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  6. I adore my Damson Adelphi Anita. I've used it since I got it in June and haven't been tempted to move into a different binder at all since then. I can fit everything I need in it, and it doesn't take up too much space in my handbag. Long live Slimlines!

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