I decided to bite the bullet and buy a Buttercup Ostrich when I saw Susanna’s at the Stockholm meet up. I just couldn’t put it down – it was so soft and supple and smooshy.
And here is mine – front and back
And in comparison, below is a Savannah, which is mock ostrich. A Savannah is a very high quality binder and not cheap. Yet you can see the difference between the two.
So first of all the leather is sublime. It is firm yet puffy, bumpy yet smooth. It is also extremely hardwearing. I have never babied mine and yet it does not have a mark on it. I am hard on my binders. I throw them in my handbag where they jostle around with all the contents including keys and hairbrush. I pull them out at least five times a day. I open and close the rings multiple times a day. Because I use it as a wallet, the cards, zippers and flaps are used several times a day as is the planner section.
Secondly, the rings are replaceable. And it is very well designed. Each inch of space is utilised – from slit pockets at each end, to flap pockets under each ring protector. The credit card slots are very practical. Being horizontal it is easy to fit in my most used cards and very easy to use them.
I have been using it as a wallet and planner since the day it arrived. And I have no desire to move out – after six weeks!
After using it for almost two months I can see myself using this one indefinitely. Maybe in combination with an A5 but this one is going to be very hard to move out of. Which is EXACTLY what Susanna said to me at the meet.
If anyone is considering investing in one of these, I would definitely recommend it. It is pricey, yes but it is something which you will want to use forever, and something you will be able to hand down to your children.
I bought mine from Mayfair Stationery on Amazon.com. It was discounted by 30% and offered free shipping.