Just over a week ago when I had one of my “look through Ebay cuz I’m bored” moments, I spotted a very lovely binder. A bit on the vintage side but looked good in the photos. I put it on my Watch List. Twice, I took it off, then put it back on again. It looked much like a Mulberry planner, same styling, even the same odd ring spacing (A5 binder but the hole spacing is the same as Filofax personal).
I knew the name from somewhere too, so I Googled it. Of course! Although it’s no longer there, their factory was less than half a mile from where I used to work in Walsall a long time ago. I worked on the Pleck Road (Hymac) and they were on Bridgeman Street which was off Pleck Road. For those who don’t know, Walsall at one time was the heart of the leather industry in England. The D&H brand is still alive, but they’re now under Pittards who are based in Yeovil, Somerset.
That sort of sealed the deal. I went back and put in an offer, not thinking that it would be accepted, but it was 🙂 A few days later, it arrived.
The first thing I noticed is that it has the same divine smell as my Van der Spek. Considering that this is from the early to mid 90’s era that’s not a bad, especially since I’ve purchased a few that have had a bit of an unpleasant smell to them, even after cleaning. It feels lovely too.
It has a double stud fastening, 2 pen loops, on the front inside there are 4 card slots, 1 secretarial pocket and a full height very deep pocket along with what I think is a floppy disk pocket, which is where the name is stamped. The back inside cover has a large zipped pocket. It came with a few original inserts but I do need to make some of my own.
Oh, and the rings – they’re 1 ½” / 30mm Krause rings and despite their age are tight, no gaps and as smooth as silk to open and close.
Now for the photos…