26 February 2014

Van der Spek - Buying Guide

Guide to ordering a Van der Spek organiser

By Zeb Ahmed

Please note some of the links in this post only work if you are a member of the Van der Spek group on Facebook

1. Visit the VDS organiser page to see what models and sizes are available.


2. There are two main styles - TouchMe & Custom.

3. TouchMe is available in many sizes, but only in brown or black and is NOT customisable.

View photos, size specs and prices of the TouchMe collection:


Note: You can ask for the A5 TouchMe to come with 35mm rings but it is NOT designed to accomodate this size, so inserts/dividers may get crunched.

View a comparison between the default 25mm rings, and the 35mm rings.

4. Custom is available in many sizes, you can choose the leather, colour, ring size, ring & popper colour (available in gold or silver) and stitching colour; any other customisations may be discussed on a case by case basis.

View photos, size specs and prices of the Customs


5. If you choose to get a TouchMe, please jump to point 8. If you choose to do a Custom, go to the next point.

6. If you choose to do a Custom, look through the available leather options and pick your outside colour (print or not) and inside colour.

Outside leather

Inside leather

Note: some of these leathers can be used inside or outside as well. See this picture set:

7. Determine ring size, stitching colour, ring and popper colour.

A5 rings in 25mm and 35mm sizes in silver or gold

8. Email Van der Spek on website@vdslederwaren.nl to kick off the ordering process.

9. Petra Van der Spek is lovely, and is happy to take photos of your chosen colour combinations to help you decide. Take advantage of this to help you make the right choice re: your Custom.

10. Once you make your final decision or if you choose to get a TouchMe, Petra will give you the quote, and if you agree she will send you a PayPal invoice.

11. On receipt of payment, your TouchMe will be sent immediately. If you do a Custom, it can take up to 3 weeks (depending on the back log of orders they are going through) before it will be shipped.

ALL shipped organisers are sent with tracking, so you can see where it is every step of the way.

[UPDATE: New web shop now on line at: http://www.vdsshop.com/ ]


Full price guide


Album of photos



Are available, but do not automatically come with the organiser. If you want one, please ask in your email.

Custom Embossing

For example, getting initials embossed on the ouside of your planner. VDS can send photos of the styles available and placement options. Cost €25 additional.

Additional Pen Loop

An extra pen loop is possible on the left side of your planner. Cost € 18.50 additional.

You will find the latest version of this guide on Facebook, thank you Zeb for this excellent guide.

Binder stiffening

You may prefer a more "floppy" feeling binder. You can ask for the stiffening to be removed (at no extra cost.) This option is only available when ordering a Custom binder. Note that the mechanism that the rings attach to. When you first get your binder there might be some "squeaking." This will disappear after a week or so of use.

Tracking Orders

You go to this page: http://www.postnlpakketten.nl/klantenservice/tracktrace/

And then just follow the picture:
1. Tracking number CC..........
2. Checkmark
3. Search
4. Status of your shipment

Further Information.

Web Site: http://www.vdsshop.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VDSleathergoods
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vanderspekorganiserfans/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vdsshop/


  1. Thank you Zeb. Excellent guide. I didn't know that on the custom you could ask for ring & popper in gold or silver. I only thought ring colour was optional so this is helpful to know as I'm just about to pay an invoice!

  2. From trawling through all the Facebook entries, it looks as if on the custom you can also specify an additional pen loop and ask for the organiser without the usual "stiffener" for Maldon-esque floppiness (although they look deliciously supple even with the "stiffener" in place).

  3. Thanks for the feedback guys :) I see Steve has already edited the doc for the pen loops. I just need to clarify though that the extra pen loop is a further customisation, and this was covered over the generic comment of "any other customisations may be discussed on a case by case basis."

    That being said, it might be worth adding an appendix item with what other types of customisations are available.

    And good call re the stiffening!

  4. When I click on the Facebook links I can't see any information - is it just me??

    1. You need to be in the Van der Spek group I will copy the relevant photos across today

  5. Thanks Steve, I would be particularly interested in the price guide as well.