Dec 092014

People often comment on how different the Malden leathers can be and mine are no exception.

My Pocket size is very grainy compared to the relative smoothness of the Personal one.   I don’t really have a preference either – I love them both 😀

Filofax Malden Personal


Filofax Malden Pocket

The grain of this leather is much more defined

Filofax Malden Ochre

Side by side comparison

Aug 312014

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…

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Aug 022014

I’d been admiring the planners at Cordwain Higgler for some time but as I have so many, I’d bookmarked the page for a later date should I want to add any more to my collection.  I hadn’t intended doing so just yet, but then yesterday, I spotted a post in the Philofaxy Facebook group telling us that they had some planners in clearance.  I know I shouldn’t have clicked the link….but I did.

Order placed for a Napoleonic Bees pocket sized binder for the pricely sum of £10.  Within a short space of time, I received an email from Pat and Guy to tell me it’d been despatched.  The British postal system excelled itself as the very same binder arrived with me this morning – the following day!

There was that lovely smell of leather as I opened the package 🙂   It comes in a little velvety fabric bag which will keep it safe – not that it needs it.  It’s quite a thick, rugged leather so I would say this can be tossed in your bag, car, desk or anywhere else for that matter without worrying about damage.  It’s very sturdy but still supple enough to lay flat with a little encouragement.

There are no card slots or pockets but personally, I don’t need those in every binder I use.  The pen loop is formed from part of the strap, which slots into a piece of leather riveted to the front of the binder.

On the front, there are 3 bees embossed deeply into the leather, and on the back is the beehive for them and the CW logo.

Now for the photos…

Cordwain Higgler Binder

These inserts are included with the purchase

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Cordwain Higgler Binder

There’s also this little leather charm embossed with the Cordwain Higgler logo

Cordwain Higgler Binder

I’ve put my own inserts in, and now you can see with just a little coaxing, it’s laying perfectly flat