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17 March 2013

Filofax New Range 2013 - Part 2

Continuing from last weeks post we reveal more of the new Filofax 2013 range, there is still more of the new range to be revealed.

Be Fashionably Organised
The NEW Saffiano range from Filofax
The striking NEW Saffiano range of organisers from Filofax are all about impact. The classic cross grain leather look design comes in two bold on-trend colours – a vibrant Aqua or an eye-catching Bright Purple.

Saffiano range details:
  • Material: Classic cross grain leather look
  • Colours available: Aqua and Bright Purple
  • Features:
    • Subtle two-tone leather-look cover
    • Simple understated style
    • On trend colours
The design is available in three sizes – Pocket (£28), Compact (£29) and Personal (£30).



Fashion & Function
The NEW technology-friendly Fusion from Filofax 

Filofax has launched a brand new range of technology-friendly organisers for men. Fusion is designed to complement the latest technology – the Personal size has a smartphone pocket and the A5 size is designed to securely carry an iPad.

The robust combination of microfibre and full grain leather makes the Fusion extraordinarily tough and hard wearing as well as good looking. With its expandable strap closure and flexible interior pockets it can effortlessly grow to hold extra contents.

Both sizes of the Fusion are available in either Black or Blue. For users of digital devices, Fusion folders offer a stylish option to cover and carry your tech.

Fusion Personal Organiser (Navy)
£40
Fusion A5 Organiser (Black), £56
Fusion Personal Organiser (Navy), £40
Fusion Folders
£40
Fusion A5 Organiser (Black)
£56
Fusion A5 Organiser

Fusion range details:
  • Material: Microfibre and leather
  • Colours available: Black, Blue
  • Features:
    • Fashionable fusion of microfibre and leather
    • Slot in strap closure allowing organiser to expand when extra contents are added
    • Expandable smartphone pocket inside


Organiser Pens

Organiser pens are the perfect accompaniment to your Filofax organiser. New Calipso and Botanics ranges span a multitude of colours, and the new Stylus Duo Pen with stylus at one end and ball pen at the other has excellent added value.

Calipso, £10 - new

Vibrant coloured mini pens with push-button action and triangular lower barrel for easy grip.


Botanics, £10 - new

Twist action mini pens inspired by nature’s colours.



Stylus Duo, £18 - new

With touch screen stylus and twist action ball pen this is the perfect accessory for paper and technology users. The stylus is suitable for use on all touch screen devices.





So that is Part 2 of the 2013 range revealed... and there are still more to come.... so keep on the edge of your seat, there really is something for everyone this year....

80 comments:

  1. I'm trying to be positive and optimistic...perhaps I will be during the next preview. Any way you could ask to do a press release a bit early? I know the full grain leather binder which someone, ahem, hinted about really caused a lot of skuttlebutt in the FAF.

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    1. Things would have been done in a more orderly fashion than they are being done but due to stupidity in the USA office things have had to be rushed and brought forward, so things are now being done in a bit less time than was planned. I don't like it... Filofax don't like it... and their PR company is I suspect having to work longer hours than they had originally planned for etc etc. But it is an improvement on how things were announced in the last couple of years... I am being sent things not having to request them after it had gone out to other 'media partners' In fact we are being allowed to publish before them this year.
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    2. Thanks for explaining the situation.
      I'm just sorry you're the carrier pigeon who's getting all the griping. :(

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    3. What happened with the USA site?

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  2. Um, well, I suppose they're trying. [Can one read through the lines how totally non-plussed I am feeling at the moment?]

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  3. Eh, I like the colors. Didn't get the "OMG I HAVE TO HAVE IT" feeling.

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  4. Love the purple and the colors inside! How long must I wait?

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    1. For what has been revealed so far... not too long to be able to buy them on all sites. But I can't put an actual date on availability of anything

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  5. "Eh" *shrugs shouders* I suppose we're saving the best for last? ;)

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    1. May be.... or may be look at what we already know and love in the current range....

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  6. My retinas are bleeding.
    I sense a whiff of deep desperation which leads to these monstrosities that obviously never got the memo that the train to the 80´s and 90´s planets are way gone already.
    What ever happened to cultivating the classics, making a really nice, good quality binder with luxurious leather and growing the ideas from that base.
    Or then you can take garish prime- colors and make the leather remind anything but leather. Sprinkle with heavy contrast stichin´ and presumably we are all now supposed to be ready for a heavy dose of Duran Duran.
    I´m not entertained.The wheel never needed to be re- invented. The wheel could just have been cultivated.

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    1. I would like to return to the subject of "whining, bitching & moaning" perhaps in a little more constructive way this time.
      The thing is, Filofax is already a name. While it gives a whiff of decades past- in these times of pads- it still brings back visual memories of leather binders. Filofax comes from the same land where Savile Row exists. Why not draw from that imaginary? Why not suck Filofaxers dry by exploiting their incessant need to pet really fine leather? The thing is, a binder does not eat a lot of leather! I just cut up a leather jacket and made two binders myself ( one A6 to hold my A6 notebooks and another in personal size, for personal use since the A5 is too large and heavy to haul and because in my regions it is virtually impossible to get a hold on to Filofaxes unless you know what model you want and order the lovely. But I too want to see and feel for myself how the binder opens up, is it writeble on your hand and most importantly... how does the leather feel. Having that said- I´d like to extend my profound thank yous to the two lovely gentlemen here who´ve worked hard to make printables available on all sizes. ) so it would be most doable to use a leather that makes a red blooded Filofaxer salivate. Also, the whole world of stationary is entirely exploitable! Why have they not done it already! EVERY F-faxer is game for a good stationary, good paper, great pens. Why not create a brand look that is high- quality, classic, gentleman- like, lady- like and branch on that. It is very likely that only a binder on itself won´t survive during these times. Old decades are not coming back and technology only is going to evolve. However, I believe a classic binder is marketable while they would come to their senses ALREADY and create an entire world of fine stationary and pens and inks to support it. But they´d first need to evoke the desire to buy in people- lust for something that looks and feels like a status- symbol. Uplift the entire brand already, give it the backbone it so desperately needs. People must lust first in order to purchase anything. They need to feel the urge to have and own a subject and they need to want it so bad they can taste it.

      These new binders only evoke the need to go pick up that eye ball that just rolled out of my head.

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  7. I am not sure how much longer I CAN sit on the edge of my seat. My bum is getting severely numb waiting for the pocket money ranges to pass in the hope that some decent grown up quality design and leather will soon come.

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  8. Funny, Filofax.de also lists the Saffiano in raspberry. And Pensandleather.com already has the model names on their site, alas without pictures. I hope their list is not complete bc that would mean the aqua Makden is the only leather addition to te new range ...?

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    1. Yes, Saffiano in Raspberry is announced for May/June. But no Compact ones.

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    2. They are listed on Filofax.au too. :)

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  9. I have seen the whole new range and there are some goodies yet to come :)!

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    1. There is hope.... light at the end of the tunnel... but at this point I'm not sure if there's a bend in the tunnel and we can't quite work out how long this tunnel is....

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  10. Urgh. "For men." Really? Is that because women don't like black and navy, or because we don't have smartphones or tablets? Will there be a range of pink floral ones with special pockets for kittens and cake "for women," or better, "for girls" too?

    (Written on my tablet in its black case.)

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    1. Agree.
      I wouldn't be seen in public with a pink, purple, lilac, turquoise or jade filofax.

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    2. I love bright colours especially red.... And I like a cool classy black or navy. But I'd like my bright filofax to be tech friendly since I'm the techie in our house not my xy gened husband! Did Ff really describe these as for men? Tut tut, sexism is alive and well...

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  11. You see me yaaaaawning :oO
    I don`t like any of the new binders....
    But I like the pens...especially the price ;o)
    If it goes on like that,it will save me a lot money *LOL*

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  12. Why is Filofax marketing so sexist? The Fusion range states that it is aimed at men rather than women, who they treat as pink,fluffy girls! Give me strength!
    None of the above appeals to me, and I am concerned about the pricing. Have Filofax bothered to check out Paperchase, who are selling brightly coloured leather and non-leather binders in Personal size for around £20 and doing very well at it.
    There is a market for high quality, well-designed leather binders, so why is Filofax trying to compete in the overcrowded cheaper end of the market and ignoring their real customers?

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    1. Hamish, exactly, EXACTLY what I'm thinking too. Why the male/ female divide? What about just high-quality, classic-style binders designed to last and look good for many years instead of just one season?

      Filofax has been riding on their name and history, which used to mean quality but unfortunately in recent years does not. Thin leather that wears poorly and faulty ring mechanisms are what I hear about more and more with regard to Filofax.

      It's nice they have made a cheaper leather binder for people who want the feel of leather but can't or don't want to pay a high price for it. But I'm hoping their higher end leathers will truly be higher quality. I'm having a hard time considering a Filofax now that I've learned the hand-made bridle leather extremely high quality Glen Royal binders are only 153 GBP, about $200, when the more expensive Filofax binders cost more than that but have been known to wear poorly and have faulty rings!

      For a less-expensive fun binder I'd rather spend less at Paperchase than more for equivalent, or possibly poorer, quality at Filofax.

      And let me just say, there's a fine line between "something for everyone" and "nothing for anyone." Less expensive binders still need to be good quality, and interesting in order to compete in the market. More expensive binders need to be high quality and designed to last many years.

      Bottom line: there needs to be a return to craftsmanship and quality.

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    2. I just now noticed the Saffiano binders are cross-grained leather LOOK, not real leather! I thought they were inexpensive real leather. That is too much money for a non-leather binder, in my opinion. Not to mention cross-grain is one of the cheapest types of leather. If you are going to make a leather-look binder, why would you make it look like the cheapest leather?

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    3. I am one of those people who have a fixed price that I'm prepared to spend on personal organisation, and I'm well aware, what I'm prepared to spend will never be enough to buy leather..none of the above interest me to buy.. the colours are nice..but none of the say buy me or must own..it looks like papechase wins...;-(

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  13. No not impressed either. Why don't they make good leather binders and good fountain pens to fit.

    Like others have said, I'm not sure if just going for the lowest common denominator is the right way to go.

    And I thought the whole point of having a Filofax was to loose some of the technology, so why do we need Filofaxes with cases for tablets and phones, and surely we all have separate cases anyway.

    Susan Sharpe

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  14. In terms of design and functionality, there's nothing there that I could use in a business setting, or would wish to use in a personal context. Le Sigh...

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  15. I think it's great that they're putting some time into developing more binders at the lower end of the price range. However, I'm afraid there's nothing that tempts me so far at all.

    I was initially attracted to Filofax for high quality leather binders which will age well & last many years. After previously spending too much of my money on cheaper products that don't last, I wanted to buy something durable, attractive & a bit on the luxurious side to use & love. I think the Saffiano might have appealed to me when I was at school or college, but not now, thanks.

    I like the concept of being able to combine a filo with technology, but from the photos here I'm just not wowed by the binders themselves. Smartphone pocket in a Malden, now that would be more like it...



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    1. Amen to that Anita! Or a tablet in a red A5 crimson Malden (I hope.... )

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  16. Very Franklin Covey lookalike , will any of this new range have the bigger rings like lots of people did request this?

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  17. Gail took the words out of my mouth - I truly hope that Filofax is NOT going the way of Franklin Covey! FC started with high-quality leather binders and gradually evolved into what they offer today: cheesy, cheaply made binders that don't delight. I'm worried!

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  18. .... I'm so disappointed ... nothing in real leather... :-(
    Does FF think, most of their success in the last years have been the non-leather binders???
    In my opinion, that's not what is "Filofax"!!!
    But hope is the last to die... (does this phrase exist in the English speaking world, too?)

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  19. I quite like the £10 pens but i am unsure how i would fare with the triangular bottom part, however i could always get the twist yellow one which i love!
    .....also do they fit into every filofax pen-loop and how mini is mini (in length/thickness)?

    Considering these are the lower priced ones i don't really think they are that cheap...people who are talking about the Paperchase ones are right - for £28 you can get a bonded leather A5, so why would you waste £56 on a microfibre and leather one from filofax?
    And the fact it's marketed specifically at men is just silly!

    The Saffiano ones i quite like though - better than a Metropol if you want a non-leather binder as it has some texture!

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  20. "Is that all there is?" to quote the hit song from years ago. If they are as cheaply made as they look, they are in more trouble than I thought.

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    1. At the current rate of announcements I suspect we aren't half way through yet....

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    2. Thank God for that Steve Morton...will look forward to your next installment. I liked the pens....

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  21. I think that what Filofax are poor at is marketing their ranges and aiming at certain groups. Possibly the reason why the announcements so far have disappointed is that many of us are looking for a quality binder that is elegant, attractive, functional, well made and that can take a hgih quality fountain pen if required.

    What we have seen so far is for either children, or young people in further education who want something colourful to fit a limited budget.

    I also think in a broadly androgenous society, to make some basic mistakes like aiming at men or women is also poor marketing. Why not market to people who want to carry or zip up all their 'tools' in one place whilst conducting a busy working day? Produce a range including binders, folios, and bags/briefcases to match in a range of colours and finishes to appeal to everyone? Or have a range for the work-at-home brigade who might want a good quality binder and some desk accessories? It just all seems a bit bitty.

    I'm also disappointed to not see some new inserts after all the feedback we have provided - hopefully they may come along soon. As far as I can see they are just supplying without diaries (so we can choose) which just means we pay extra for a diary. Why not allow us to choose the diary instead and have that inserted?

    Will await the final announcements before making my mind up on the new range - hopefully there will be some more intersting products to come which are more appealing to this group.

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  22. I'm going to be controversial here. Filofax makes a huge range of leather binders already. It's hard to think of something they could do in leather to attract *new* users to the brand. Yes, I know some of would like bigger rings in some models, smaller ones in others, and the whole quality thing continues to exercise us all.

    But Filofax is never going to make a decent profit just from us planner geeks. They need to attract large numbers of new people to the brand, which they won't do by making a slight variation on an established product. We can argue about what constitutes 'slight' in this context but outside of our community, another new leather personal binder, even one as different as - say - the Malden was to the Finchley, represents a slight variation in my view.

    The innovation at the lower end is encouraging because it allows Filofax the chance to attract new customers. If they keep doing that, hopefully they'll still be there for us well into the future.

    So what is there for us? Well, Filofax might learn something from Montblanc here, who regularly issue themed limited editions. These are overpriced, made in small quantities for collectors who expect and receive a great quality product that is beautiful and functional. The original Temperley models might have been an attempt to establish such a line, but their poor quality and poor functionality means they'll have to pull out all the stops next time if they want to go that way.

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    1. Not my cup of tea, you understand, but I couldn't help noticing that a "Temperley Affair", described as being in pristine condition, only reached £51 on Ebay the other day. And this is, of course, a true reflection , of what people were prepared to pay. And yet English made filofaxes regularly make astonishingly high bids.

      Is this just a reflection of the opinions of a few geeks, or is it a manifestation of how filofax are perceived in the wider market.

      Every day, the manufacturing and shipping costs from the Far East increase. Margins are getting squeezed, and consumers are becoming ever more concerned about not just value, but the environmental impact of shipping products from the other side of the world. people care about how their friends might perceive them if they outwardly display such products, especially if those products are designed to have a limited, fashion orientated lifespan.

      As we make the irreversible transition into a world of scarce and expensive energy, the profile of a typical Filofax customer is increasingly likely to be a person who wants well designed products that last, and Filofax must respond to this change if the brand is to survive.

      I don't think this is the view of just a few of us geeks, Ray, it's probably the view of all those potential customers who are simply not buying into the current Filofax product.

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  23. I am glad that Filofax are thinking of binders aimed at both men and women to purchase, there have been a lot of girly colours of late... not that I am complaining!!!! I suppose they don't necessarily directly need to be marketed as male or female unique designs as such. My heart lifted when I saw such glorious colour in the new pen range, and as a calligrapher and teacher, I rejoiced at the triangular grip base, so much easier to write with. Hope there may be matching mechanical pencils too.... although huge ask. Like others, I hope there are good quality large ringed leather binders to follow... ahem... in A5 too!!!!

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  24. I do like the pens, would like to try one before I buy though. The binders don't so much for me at the moment.

    I do agree with Ray about Filofax having to draw more people in from a wider base. Lets hope they succeed.

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  25. Ok, here's my feedback, with regards to Filofax's new Fusion range for men. I really want to be constructive here, so for every critisism I'll suggest a solution.

    Firstly, the microfibre (and may I respectfully suggest that all those easily offended may prefer to skip this next paragraph).

    I wonder if the designer of the Fusion range has ever visited a gentlemens' convenience in a typical workplace or other communal facility. From my experience, the majority of guys taking a "natural break" either make no attempt to wash their hands or hold them under a running tap for a few seconds, so that colleagues think they've done the decent thing. Which means that every door handle, chair back, water coolor button, stair rail, lift button, and hand that needs to be shaken vigorously in an orgy of self congratulation, will inevitably cause a your own filofax to show up quite brightly under ultra violet light, if you get my drift.

    To reduce the possibility of some indelicacy, smooth plastic is best and leather is (sort of) ok. But micro fibre (imagine a warning klaxon at this point) is not good, and could be very bad indeed. Interestingly, you can now buy notebooks with anti bacterial coatings, presumably to address this very problem.

    Secondly, what size does most paperwork come in (at least here in the UK)? The answer is, of course, A4. Are filofax trying to extol the undeniable virtues of a ring binder to guys at work, or are they trying to convince guys that they should be "on-trend"? (I'll add that phrase to the "chique accessory" one with which we've all become very familiar). As a bloke, I put up with the sheer size of an A4, not just because paperwork is almost invariably in this size, but also because I don't get the funny looks that I would get if I were to carry an A5 or a personal sized binder.

    Thirdly, does anyone really believe that functionality can really be ascribed to hearing your phone ring, and then using both hands to try extricate your device from your "functional" fusion thingy before the caller gives up and rings off? And will those pockets be able to accommodate a plethora of new devices in all shapes and sizes?

    I'm all for adding value to a product, but making it slightly more difficult to use both the devices or indeed the filofax itself is just silly.

    My solution - stop doing it.

    I could go on, moaning about the ususal things like leather quality, but I'll stop there. The only thing I will add is that I'm wondering whether Filofax actually asked any guys to give them any feedback about their Fusion range. I'm on their email list, they know I'm a guy, perhaps one of only a few guys, and yet they've certainly not asked me.

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    1. I was thinking of the same thing myself. How does one manage a mobile phone inside a planner? It could work if the phone pocket was on the outside of the planner, certainly. I see the case for the tablet version as that device doesn't need to come out of its case very often.

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    2. Neil - worry not! The Filofax Logic Zip was one of the best sellers 10 (ish) years ago and made of microfibre and PVC. I've never had any of the hygiene problems that you're concerned about with mine. Indeed it has been the best modern Filofax binder I've ver owned, except for its size and weight!

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  26. Ok. Now I´m even more miffed. " for men ". Really!?!
    At least I now see why I didn´t appreciate their ingenious design. Perhaps I´m PMSing. I was just confused! I should have understood since there was no pink pocket for tampons and a pink butterfly to decorate the zipper! *headpalm*. Women can get like that,you know... easily confused. Perhaps I should return to my designated post in the kitchen and remember to just look pretty and not type.

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  27. I quite like the Saffiano. I've never cared much for card slots or pockets so the secretarial pockets would suit me fine (it's an almost identical layout to my Smythson). The colours are so appealing and young. The price point isn't too bad either - though I would have preferred it a bit cheaper (especially when you compare the price to the Paperchase binders they have).

    Overall, I'm quite impressed although none of the announcements have had anything that particularly appeals to me. However, I don't think I will be returning to Filofax unless bigger problems get sorted - i.e. paper quality and ring issues.

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  28. Opps, is that a typo in the Saffiano range: £330 for the Personal size?

    I think that Filofax is right in trying to appeal to the entry level market but I wonder if the prices are keen enough or the designs radical enough to appeal to this target market - look for example at the funky neoprene laptop sleeve designs.

    In my 20’s my very first Filofax was an inexpensive model made of plastic with no frills such as pen loop or closure. But it was bang on trend with a choice of ribbed or bobble textured pattern. I loved mine to bits, upgrading and becoming a lifelong FF customer.

    It’s nice to see navy blue in the line up although I don’t personally like the design enough to buy it. But navy blue suede /suedette....

    I would be interested to see if FF has any interesting new diary inserts for 2014.



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    1. It says £30 on my screen where are you seeing £330?

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    2. I found my original red ribbed filofax yesterday! Loved it to bits.....

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  29. I feel I owe a public apology. I wrote the first comment, and most of these have been negative since.
    Steve, Nan, and Laurie--I think it'd be interesting AFTER the new product line comes out if we could post a petition. "I'm not purchasing a thing from Filofax because..." and then have a list of reasons. Maybe IF Filofax had some data, and they realized that 80% of the folks registered were not buying due to binder ring size or paper quality--provide the data for them--they'd start taking us seriously?
    Wouldn't that be the kind thing to do than sit around and watch the company lose even more money, and ultimately, die due to their lack of economic navigating?
    Frustrated.

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    1. Yes... but... despite the large number of people that read our blog each and every day, we are still only equal a very small percentage of Filofax Groups global market of over 40 different territories throughout the world.

      Any request we put in is just another voice added to these 40 groups. Sure we do have more influence than you might think and an increasing influence, but they still have to look at our requests from a commercial view point etc.

      It might sound as if I'm on their side of the fence not our side of the fence... in fact I'm 'sitting on the fence' which isn't easy at times, but I try to see the arguments from both sides of the fence. I'm used to doing this because in another life I do exactly the same with radio licensing authority in UK and a UK based organisation.

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    2. Steve,
      We know you're just an impartial messenger. I think you feel the way we do--you want the company to succeed.

      You make a good point--we just represent a small majority of world-wide Filofax users. However, if we did the poll, and they saw statistics, would this HELP them?

      ***On a side note, I don't think YOU have given this community enough credit. I think we have a well-rounded group from MANY countries. Don't want to overwhelm you with your leadership capacity here...but you said yourself that you're getting to release info earlier than many other sources! Let that marinate=)***

      Bottom line: I like the company, despite their recent choices. Yet, I'm afraid if they keep doing what they're doing--expanding their lower cost binders--it will ultimately lead to the company's demise.

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  30. I am looking forward to seeing the entire new collection, but I am not feeling hopeful.

    First of all, it is too hard to have access to all the offerings. I really want a malden compact zip in black, for a reasonable shipping cost to the U.S. Haven't found it yet.

    I would still like to see more quality. I would be interested in the saffiano binders. Prada makes some bags and totes in saffiano and I find it attractive. However, in looking at the inside of those binders (and THANK YOU for showing us the insides) it looks cheap with cut out pockets.

    So back I go to my vintage winchesters, which I love, and to my brand new Midori travelers notebookS.

    If high quality great leather binders are too risky financially for Filofax, or any company, how about taking a cue from cosmetic companies. Each season, most introduce a few items that are labelled right up front as limited editions. People will buy (sometimes hoard) these items, knowing that when they are gone, they are gone.

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  31. I do like some of the new binders. I don't like them well enough to put away my Osterley or Malden.

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    1. And at this point of the 'reveal' you are very wise to stay with them... I happen to think the same.... so far!

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  32. I wonder if Gen Royal would make me an A5 just like the Personal one they produce, if I asked them very, very nicely?

    No pockets, just a simple binder.


    Hmmmmmm.

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    1. Something that simple it might be possible to make yourself

      http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2011/10/making-your-own-organiser.html

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  33. Hurrah!!!
    No. Not for what has been revealed of the new range so far.
    For the fact I won't be spending any money on any of these.
    Therefore... more money to spend on other stationery.
    Hurrah!

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  34. Just to add that my Glenroyal Personal binder had ring issues - possibly same supplier!!!

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    1. Oh no really??? This is so incredibly disappointing. For that amount of money you should be able to expect the rings to function perfectly for decades! What a shame.

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    2. Wow - that is surprising! Mine has been perfect, and in fact just last week I inherited a second one from my sister, which is also perfect after being in continuous use for 18 months.

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    3. Laurie - perhaps the answer to ring problems is to supply Glen Royal with a 2nd hand set of rings from an English made filofax.

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  35. Couldn't fault the leather, very high quality, but rings started misaligning after a couple of months. I did expect Mulberry standards as I paid £181 for it, am pretty sure ring mechanism sourced from the same as Filofax.

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  36. So far I am underwhelmed by the binders but quite excited by the pens, and pleased to see their shapes and colours. I'm looking forward to holding one!
    Thank you Steve for providing us with this info.

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  37. My first ever comment. I couldn't sit back and not say anything this time haha

    Firstly, thanks so much for all your hard work, Steve.

    There's nothing I'd consider buying, except possibly the Saffiano in purple. Still holding out for a Purple or Vintage Pink personal Malden though and until I can afford it (or find one, in the case of vintage pink! :p) I don't want to spend money on a binder I don't want with inserts I'll mostly discard so I can print Steve and Ray's/my own on fountain pen friendly paper. Filofax, please fix your paper! I'm still waiting for something I'm going to drool over. I'm starting university in September (yay) and I have a hand-me-down Domino I've had for about 4 years and the faux swede is coming off so I actually *need* a new Filofax. At least that's what I'm telling myself! :p

    I don't understand who thought a microfibre Filofax would be a good idea. The germs it must breed! I also don't understand why a Filofax that *attempts* to integrate technology should be aimed at men. Um, Filofax, I have a iphone too! A little confused about why anyone would want to store a phone inside their planner but hey, I'm not the marketing expert.

    I hope the next announcements are more exciting and we hear news of an amazing beautiful leather binder with amazing paper and big rings and pockets! It makes me sad to see everyone so disillusioned!

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    1. The use of microfibre for Filofax binders is certainly not a new idea. The Logic Zip was hugely popular 10 years ago and was a microfibre/ PVC combo in black. I've still got mine and it featured in the post I wrote last July (11th and 12th " in search of the ultimate compact A5"). I've never had any problems keeping it clean and it has worn far better than any other modern Filofax I've owned.

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  38. Hard to express my disappointment at what's been revealed so far. I don't "feel" these new ones at all. If this is the direction FF is going, I won't be going along for the ride. These binders, in these materials, are not what has made FF great in the past. The quality is not there, the durability is not there - the "class" is glaringly not there. I sincerely hope what has yet to be revealed will be an improvement, but sadly, I don't expect to see much. So very sad.

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  39. I have only recently thought about getting a new filofax ( I am now waiting for them to arrive) I would rather they continued some of the most popular ones like the Purple and Vintage pink Malden ranges in all sizes, rather than trying to jump on the iPad band waggon. Not all of us want to drag one of those around all day or would in fact leave it at work.
    Well...just have to see what else is released. The pens do look interesting though.

    Love the blog, spent all week having a look round it all!
    xx

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  40. I'm going against the (cross)grain -badum tsch- here, but I want to see more pattern! I would love to see a Filofax x Liberty mashup, but then I don't generally use leather unless 2nd hand, and I am a surface pattern fiend, and a colour fanatic to boot. Yes, I see that black and brown have their place and their fans, but I want deep pinks, deep ceruleans, a lime green, an orange! Now I am hungry.
    The Aztec from the first preview was a start, however I feel it is also too trend driven, as the 90's revival on the High Street dies, as will the penchant for 'Aztec' prints for the majority.

    My best friend found his girlfriend a vintage personal Aztec style print Filo a while back, one actually from the 90s. It probably couldn't have been given away a couple of years ago - only to the print faithful.

    In the context of the 'lower end of the market' (I spose that is what I fall into) I really don't rate the designs of the Paperchase binders as a whole, finding their patterns quite clunky. Though I do rate their inserts. I find standard Filofax inserts on the whole incredibly ugly. My Mum found her 2004 Popi and it had a modern style of diary included that wasn't perfect by typography and design standards but I would like to have seen Filofax run with that one.

    However, don't even get me started on the technology = male hootenanny. I love navy as much as I love pink, but I despise gendered stationery etc etc

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  41. Talk about boring...and overpriced!When/if they are ever released in Australia the first ones will be around $60-$70 - the metropol's are worth that here. As much as I love filofax I refuse to pay that much money for something that isn't leather.

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  42. Oh, and too add. I love colour! Owning a neon like looking (judging by the pics) organiser, I think I will pass. What happen to the classy filofaxes?

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  43. I´ll give them good marks for the Calipso pens - I think I may need to get me a couple of those!!! As for the Saffiano and the Fusion, I think they can keep those - and it´s not because I´m snobby about which ones I get, I just don´t like them. I´ll happily get the schoold book one and the Doodle though, oh yeah... Looking forward to seeing the next release of newbies coming out :-)

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  44. I'm wondering if anyone's gotten one of these pens yet and what they think?

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  45. Just spotted the Saffianos in Warehouse Stationary (NZ) today. They are VERY pretty colours and have a nice feel to them. I just can't get over the pen loop on the left!

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