My journey to this one has been a long one. I come from ostrich country (i.e. the southern coast of South Africa) where you can visit the ostrich palaces, ride on ostriches, stand on ostrich eggs, watch ostrich races and buy ostrich products ranging from ostrich steaks to belts and handbags. Farmers in South Africa often use ostriches to guard their farms. You wouldn’t want to be kicked by one of them I have to say!
Anyway, ostrich is nice leather but not that exotic to me. Many of the ostrich skin that is sold is not very good but still overpriced. I do have a wonderful ostrich skin bag that I designed myself and had made in China. It is made of full-quill skin and lined in soft lambskin. See an article about it here.
NK in Stockholm had a pocket sized buttercup Filofax on their 70% off sale in the summer. You can see it front right in the photo below. The skins was very flat though and seemed…tired, somehow – maybe from being untouched and stored for so long.
I knew from Susanna that she loved her Personal sized Buttercup Ostrich so much that she could not bring herself to use anything else. When I met it during the mini-meet I fell completely and utterly in love. It was plump and smooshy yet bumpy and pebbly. The inside was almost entirely full-quill with a fantastic pocket constellation. I almost could not tear myself away from it. How could I have been so bleh about ostrich before?
As soon as I got home I did an internet search and found two stockists. They are not cheap as this is genuine full-quill ostrich (not embossed) leather, but both of these stockiest were offering 30% discount and free shipping. And one had ONE left for immediate delivery. I slept on it overnight and then bit the bullet.
And here is a reveal of Buttercup:
This binder has some nice pockets which are not visible when you first look at it – two under the ring protectors and one on each edge.