When I contacted Tina Cayouette, from Montreal, she said she’d be coming through in early June, the wheels were set in motion for the first Southern Ontario Philofaxy Meetup! Due to Tina’s concert schedule – she’s a violist – we selected Thursday evening, June 6. Meeting point and time: After work at Laywine’s (the better of the two Toronto Gold Account Filofax retailers) in the heart of Yorkville, Toronto’s toniest shopping district.
Unfortunately, the schedule didn’t make sense for Susan – it would be over an hour for her to drive in and by the time she left work, she’d miss most of the time together. We know that she was with us in spirit!
June 6 was an overcast, damp, rainy, dreary day. But shortly after 5:00 all four of us, Lena Hurzook, Tina, John Hymers and I, were browsing the selection in the store.
|John, Lena, Tina|
“What perfect weather to get together to discuss a British product like the fILOFAX!” observed John. He also told us that he had told Peter Laywine that the group would be meeting at his store. He also let us know that we had missed, by a week, a sale of 50% off all Filofaxes. Peter pointed out that one shelf was still 50% off so naturally we dug through. Most were Pockets and Minis, but there was a Nut Brown Pocket Kendal among them!
|Alan holding a Mini Purple Topaz and Pocket Kendal|
Tina was impressed by the choice of inserts, as none of the stores she’s been to in Montreal have much of a selection. Laywine’s has a selection of other brands of organizers as well, and Tina bought a L’Agenda Moderne.
|Tina trying to choose|
John liked my Compact Holborn and as Peter had one, John bought it. Lena showed us her Black Personal Malden, which may be the fattest, most stuffed fILOFAX I’ve ever seen!
|Lenas Fat Malden|
It was a full 10cm thick!
Peter was a fantastic host and kept bring old surplus inserts he had in the back. I swear, if anyone is looking for inserts from the 1980s and 1990s, including Lefax, there’s a chance Peter Laywine has them! (BTW, for Gemma Seymour-Ampers: When Peter brought up the double-width Deskfax, I asked him about the page size, and he wasn’t sure if the width was 190mm or 190mm minus the hole allowance.) Peter is hoping to go down to fILOFAX USA in Connecticut this summer to provide feedback on the product line and the direction of the company. We overstayed closing time, but Peter and his staff didn’t seem to mind. Suddenly, Peter said, “I have something to show you,” and put a Yellow A5 Original on the counter.
|Lena with Original|
It was an unfilled display model, but to be honest, it was lovely. Everyone will have their opinions about the usefulness of the layout for themselves, but I loved the feel and look of the leather. He also had a Calypso for us to see.
It was well past closing time, and decided to move on to a coffee shop, as neither John nor I were going to be able to stay for dinner. Tina presented up with little gift bags of stickers and decorative items, and we chatted for about 45 minutes. John’s been a fILOFAX user for years; Lena has joined the addiction only in January.
Shortly after 7:00, both John and I left, but not before the four of us agreed that we needed to do this again. Tina will be back in Ontario in the fourth week of October, each of us has pencilled a note in our fILOFAX that another Meetup will take place then!
Thank you Alan for a great report on your meet up... well it certainly looks like the 'magic' of Philofaxy Meet Ups has travelled to another country!