My most special Filofaxes – picture heavy post!

Personal Rose Classic. I love this one because I love the Classic style and the camel colour. Regarding the Rose version, it never made it into full production because it was too complicated to produce. I fell in love with this binder in 2010 when it was given to the original owner, Erin, by Filofax. I am so lucky to own it.

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Mini Teal Baroque – I can remember seeing this model for the first time in NK in Stockholm. My heart sped up when I saw the embossing on the inside cover. At the time I didn’t buy it but then heard that they had been discontinued and managed to get a mini Teal on sale at 70% off. It is smaller than I usually use but has worked extremely well for travel. It has travelled all over the world with me and apart from a tiny ballpoint pen mark on the front cover, is pristine.

Many people say they would prefer the embossing on this model to be on the outside, but I like it on the inside. It is like wearing nice underwear – no one knows but you and that makes it all the more special. I do so wish they would reissue this binder – and in more colours (like purple with gold embossing!) as it is so in demand. I have had countless offers for my mini one and have held out until I find a personal in Teal. But they are very thin on the ground.

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Gillio Pocket and A5 Mia Caras in Epoca Gold – they are so well-designed and the leather is divine. They age beautifully. They have replaceable rings so you can choose gold, brushed silver or silver.

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Mulberry Oak Agenda – I love Mulberry Oak Darwin leather. They do not make it anymore and have replaced it with the smoother and more delicate Natural Vegetable Tanned Leather. I have a Mulberry Oak Darwin Bayswater, Roxanne, wallet and travel bag. So this completed my collection!  It is well-designed and has been intensively used for years. It just gets better and better with age. The only thing I am less than infatuated with is the fact that they have cut down their selection of inserts and that the rings are not compatible with other inserts.

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Red Lizard Personal – this is probably the biggest bargain I have ever had. I bought it at 80% off plus loyalty points which meant it cost a teeny tiny fraction of the original price. It is soft, flexible, hardwearing as iron, beautifully made (with ring protectors) and a lovely colour. The only minus is that the pen loop is missing but that is the reason for part of the discount and I can live with it as I never use pen loops anyway.

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A5 Orange Finsbury – this was an accidental favourite. I bought it while I was waiting for my A5 Siena to arrive. It was the last one and they had discontinued this colour. But wow! I love it – it is tough and sturdy and a wonderful bright colour which is as good in summer as it is in autumn. It never fails to put a smile on my face and has worn amazingly well. After being intensively used for almost a year it has not one mark on it.

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And on the way to me, two more that will be my favourites:

Personal Ostrich Buttercup – below is a photograph of Susanna’s one which I fell in love with. She says she cannot move out of it and I can quite understand why. At the meet I couldn’t stop squeezing it and cuddling it! I hope mine has the lovely puffy and bumpy yet soft and smooth feeling! The layout is also very practical with multiple pockets and sleeves. And here is mine

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Limited Edition 75th anniversary Grace Scurr boxed Filofax. I won this on eBay. They are very hard to find so I am rather pleased. My first thought was that I was going to use it but now I am not so sure. It seems sacrilegious to use something so beautiful and rare.

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Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  1. So jealous of the Grace Scurr filo! I keep a lookout on eBay for vintage filos, but never spotted that one…

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