14 January 2015

Filofax Exotic - Personal

Filofax recently released a limited edition in personal and compact size called the Exotic.  Philofaxy was very lucky to be sent a Personal size Exotic to review and giveaway by our friends at Appelboom in the Netherlands.

The Filofax description describes it as follows:
Vintage inspired and exquisitely hand finished, the Exotic Organiser is made from Italian crocodile print deluxe leather. This stylish Personal organiser features internal pockets, pen holders and an expandable full height pocket with leather closure.
So we will take a detailed look at this new model.

The organiser is wrapped in the now typical clear plastic wrapper, which of course is easily removed. The inserts are in cotton cream.


So without the wrapper you can see the detail of the crocodile print leather, which has a soft sheen to it.


The pattern continues around the spine where there is a straight seam and the traditional 'f' at the base of the spine.


The back cover has a similar pattern to the front.


Opening it up it doesn't quite lay flat out of the box, but it might soften up with age. The organiser is fitted with 23 mm internal diameter rings.


On the inside front cover we find the first of two pen loops these are leather elasticated ones. There are four vertical card slots as well as a full height slip pocket behind this section. You will notice the patterned leather is complemented by plain brown lambs leather on the interior.


On the inside back pocket there is an expanding flap covered pocket all in leather of course. And the second of the two pen loops, like the other it is in leather and it is elasticated.


Here we see a slightly different view of the interior of the Exotic. It is really good to see Filofax fitting two pen loops to a personal size organiser again. I hope we see this in other new models. I know a lot of people have asked for this additional pen loop.


Overall I think this might be a popular model. Filofax UK have this model priced at £125 for both the Personal and Compact models. Appleboom have them for €169 for both Personal and Compact


Here is a video of the personal size:



and another of the compact size which you will see is of a different design, but the same price.



On the Compact model, instead of a clasp it has a large flap and popper. There is an outside zipped pocket in the back cover. And an additional a full height pocket behind the flap pocket accessed from the outside edge. There is only a single elasticated pen loop on the compact model and in common with other compact models the ring size is reduced to 15 mm internal diameter.

Once again thank you to Joost Appelboom for supplying the review sample.

Would you like to own the Personal size Exotic shown in this post? You would.... leave a comment below this post and we will put the names in to a hat and make the draw on Friday 16th January.

The usual rules will apply... no cash alternative, the judges decision will be final, you must contact Steve within 48 hours of the announcement of the winner to receive this prize.

Thank you.

Competition now closed... The Winner has been decided... find out who it is tomorrow in Web Finds. 

93 comments:

  1. I really like thIs model, classy and great features

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  2. This seems a step in the right direction. Two things I'm not sure about. First, how well the white "ageing" will last, if it will crack and flake. And second, related to the first, the stiffness of the leather. It looks similar to the Cuban which was beautiful leather but just too stiff to be practical. If the leather is as stiff on this, it would make it awkward to use, and might result in the white colouring coming away. Having said that, I like the inside. It's nice to see a protected pocket internally,on the right, like some of the much older models had. Also, I like the inner flap on the left, with that that small lip of fabric. It looks practical. Adding a wraparound flap on the compact may not be to everyone's taste but personally I like it. My Lefax has a wraparound flap, and it protects the edges of the pages from being smashed up, when it is in a bag, and it also gives more space for the pen, meaning that tabs don't get bent and disfigured. Quite an interesting choice, this one. Reviews like this are so useful, because I'd never buy something like this without being able to have a good look, close-up, at the finish, the pattern, etc, so high-resolution photos like these really help. Thanks, Steve.

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  3. This looks interesting, something a little different from Filofax.

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    1. I agree. Surprised that I like it. The previous exotics did not appeal

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  4. In Germany, RRP is 149€, which - surprisingly enough - , is a little bit cheaper than in UK. (Usually, it's the other way around!)

    I love the croc print!

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  5. Looks nice and I like the setup of the pockets!

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  6. I really like the design of the interior pockets and of course I would love to win one :)

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  7. Love this planner. Reminds me a bit of the Enigma. Of course I would love to win one! From what I have heard, this model will not be available to purchase in the USA. We miss so many lovely models this way--such as the Lockwood.

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  8. Of course I'd love to win this planner.. would be a nice purse, combining everything you need, money and planner.

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  9. Love the two pen loops! And I really like the design of the pockets.

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  10. I love the look of this! I hope I win it.

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  11. I really like the inside back pocket on the personal! Fingers crossed...

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  12. Excellent review Steve! I took advantage of the Filofax UK online discount 20% (sale20) just after Christmas and purchased both personal and compact sizes. I had no intentions of buying both but I was unable to find a London stockist for a preview, and I love both so will keep them.

    I had gone from using a slimline Adelphi to the personal Exotic. My personal has yet to lay completely flat but that has never been an issue for me as in time I know it will do so. For me, it's the number of pockets, having the expanding flap covered pocket and two pen loops are a bonus. I like the feel texture of the leather and my personal is stuffed and I'm loving it. Wishing those who enter the competition the very best of luck, the Winner will not be disappointed!

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  13. Great review Steve!! I would love to be entered into the competition too please :) It looks really lovely!!!

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  14. Great review. I love the vintage look. I also love the pockets and two pen loops.

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  15. This is such a lovely organiser :)

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  16. Looks lovely would love to win! Great review

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  17. So pretty. Love the back pocket and double pen loops.

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  18. WOoW !! The Filofax exotic in croco leather, ..!! :-D it look very pretty ! I like the design of the inside of this planner, (the two pen loops, the pockets on the left for cards and papers, the big pocket on the right for money and tickets) I especially love the dark brown color and I the the croco leather. I love the stitching and the finishes are beautiful. Thank you Steve for this great review.. I would love to win because it would be perfect to use it like a wallet in my brown bag .

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  19. It looks lovely, I like the inside pockets and would love to feel that leather!

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  20. How amazing! Thank you for the review. The planner looks so nice!

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  21. How funny - I just saw this planner yesterday on the Filofax UK website and wondered if anyone had had a look at it. I love the flap pocket on the right, it feels very retro! Thanks for the draw.

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  22. I love this new organiser. I have always like this kind of leather.

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  23. This looks fantastic. I was contemplating buying one from FF a while back, but a little out of my budget! I love croco! Looks like an amazing binder!

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  24. That is one of the most beautiful binders. Exquisite!

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  25. Nice review Steve, thanks. I love this pattern, it's very striking. And 2 pen loops!

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  26. Gorgeous! I have a pocket Filofax which I have had since about 2002 and would like to go to a personal size. Winning one would solve so many problems.

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  27. This is one of those "growing-on-me" Filofaxes thanks in the main to the great review. A few months ago, when seeing just a glimpse, I wasn't sure. Now I love it! The two pen loops sell it for me. This is something so much needed, it seems. The back pocket reminds me of the Adelphi (pocket at the front). I wonder if being at the back it will lift the pages if over-filled. A beautiful and very stylish Filofax though. And the brown colour softens it beautifully. Black would have been a bit harsh for me.

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  28. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway please. I think this will be a popular model, I love the expanding pocket.

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  29. Would love to win this! Love the interior and the print! -Bre Barfield

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  31. Would love to win this beauty. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  32. Thanks Steve. Don't hesitate to tell us what you think/feel about this model. I like the pockets and the rich look. I like the compact look better but they're both nice.

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  33. Love this Filofax and the full length pocket in the back! Wonderful review... Thank you ;)

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  34. I'd love to own this Filofax! It's so beautiful!

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  35. It sure is interesting and I do like the contrasting colors and the two pen loops. Great review. Thanks Steve!

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  36. Ahhh! Recent croc dreams - may be a Filofax harbinger!?!? :)
    Thanks and insightful review!

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  37. This looks like a very nice Filo! I am happy to see more leather compacts joining the line up as well!!

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  38. Thanks for the review. The brown is a nice color.

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  39. The grading pattern looks awesome :) would love to create a ladies of cinema filofax with this piece of art ;)

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  40. Thanks Steve! I love the expanding pocket. I would LOVE to win!

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  41. Exquisite! I absolutely lo e the set up of the pockets...and brown is my favorite color, wonderful choice. Thanks for sharing Steve!

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  42. Oh this is gorgeous! Thanks for the review.

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  43. Looks like a wonderful Filofax!

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  44. Looks good, and a heads up WHSmith has an up to 40% Sale on on Filofax. Hope its ok to post this Steve?

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  45. It's a gorgeous organiser, and I like the two pen loops. Maybe the filofax designers have taken into account the philofaxy followers wish...

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  46. Oh, be still my heart. Two, 2 pen loops. Gusseted pocket...hello over stuffing. I'd love to win this. Make it pink, and it's close to "unicorn", but the brown is gorgeously elegant. 2 pen loops!

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  47. Thanks for the chance to win this planner. It's beautiful!

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  48. Such a beautiful planner! I can almost smell the leather!

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  49. I like that pocket in the back. Wouldn't say no if I won one!

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  50. Thank you, for your review and the chance of owning this beautiful Filofax.

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  51. I would love this :-) the two pen loops are awesome!

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  52. I love the pocket! It looks like a lovely planner!

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  53. This is such a unique and classy looking binder!!! I would looooove to put it to work!

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  54. Good luck to the winner! The layout and design is very attractive.

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  55. I love this. So beautiful! I have been lusting after it on the filofax website since it came out. Thanks for letting us have a better look at it!

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  56. Steve - thanks for the review and the pictures.

    I may not be very popular for stating this but I think this is one of the ugliest binders Filofax has produced for a very long time. For example, the seam on the spine and the clashing patterns of the closure flap with the front cover are particularly unappealing.

    For me, this seems to highlight the dilemma Filofax finds itself in - form or function, fashion item or personal organisation tool? I guess Filofax thinks it can do both with products like this, but if I needed a new binder right now, then this item would (sadly) lead me to looking at other manufacturers

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  57. Beautiful organiser and thank you Steve for another excellent review

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  58. What a lovely looking binder!

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  59. I love this one much better than the one with the flap cover - that one reminds me of the Temperley Violet. Oh to win this beauty...

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  60. Ooh lovely! Please enter me into the giveaway. I can't buy any Filofaxes anytime soon as all my spare dosh is going towards my son's wedding...

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  61. I think it looks classy and unique.

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  62. Very nice review. I would also wonder how the leather would wear and last. Love the pen loops for larger pens. Thanks again for your reviews and info! Love Philofaxy :)

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  63. This has edges like my Sandhurst - much better than the "turned" edges used on many models.

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  64. Oh my!!! I need this one!! I would love to win! Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

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  65. Wow- what a stunning pattern! Love this Filo! Thanks for the great review and the chance to win!

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  66. My favourite colour, pockets and two pen loops! Oh Lord! What will become of me. I shall go distracted.

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  67. It is such a fun, new item for FF! A lovely addition to anyone's collection . . . and a very well done review!

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  68. Love the back pocket, and the pattern is gorgeous!

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  69. This is one of those times when a croc isn't a crock. Love this!

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  70. I think it's rather classy! And I love the shape of the front pocket!

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  71. I just can't get enough! Fourth view in one hour. :)

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  72. Beautiful retro organiser and two pen Loops! Please enter me in the competition

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  73. Really helpful review! I love that this is both sophisticated and unusual... Would make such a talking point. And lord knows how we love a planner that's a talking point! :-)

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  74. Like the combination of the two colors and love the TWO penloops!

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  75. Ooh, she's pretty. Thank you for the review, please enter my name into the comp. Thank you.

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  76. This looks a LOT nicer than on the teaser photos from Filofax! I especially like the flap covered pocket in the personal size, which is great if you use a planner/wallet combination. But still: Why isn't this called The Giraffe?

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  77. I love this planner. It's very classy looking.

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  78. My slimline is overstuffed, maybe it's time to upsize.

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  79. I just wrote a nice long comment but I don't see it. Posting again but less words this time to see if it shows up. Please ignore if it does. But I do still want this Filofax.

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  81. Trying again, somehow my first post disappeared.

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  82. It's so pretty and classy looking. Love the color.

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  83. What a beautiful binder! I'm wondering if the back pocket flap has a snap or magnetic closure. If so, would that affect one's writing?

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    1. I can confirm it has a popper type snap not a magnetic closure, but being on the back cover I wouldn't have thought it would be too noticeable when writing on right hand side pages.

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  84. That is a beautiful organizer! I like the personal one over the compact only because I think I would stuff it too much and the popper would have too much pressure on it to hold it shut!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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  85. There was no time listed (that I recall) so I hope I'm not too late to enter. I love the pattern on this binder. Usually I don't go for croc-types, but I like this one. :)

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  86. Late to the party as usual....I'd love a chance to win this!

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