Before Filofaxes had names…

They had model designations which look a bit like a code. You may see something like this (taken from an eBay auction I saw today):

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What does this mean?

  • The first is a number denoting the number of internal pockets
  • The second are at least two letters denoting the type of leather from which the binder is made
  • The third letter tells you whether there is a fastener (no F = no fastener)
  • The last numbers tell you the ring size in inches.

So this binder has two internal pockets, is made of Moroccan Leather and has a fastener.

Some examples of types of leather would be

  • BL – Bridle Leather
  • BCL – Box Calf Leather
  • CCF – Crocodile Calf
  • CL – Calf Leather
  • HL – Hide Leather
  • KL – Kid Leather
  • ML – Moroccan Leather
  • OL – Ostrich Leather
  • PL – Pigskin Leather
  • RH – Reindeer Hide
  • SH – Saddle Hide


There is sometimes a J next to the F (if there is one) for Jotter. And some plastic Filofaxes are have a V  or VR designation, possibly for Vinyl or Vinyl Rubber

So, could you decipher the meaning of the designation below?

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Author: Janet Carr

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

6 thoughts

  1. I wondered about that for ages – thank you. Do you know what the 3 letters inside the fastener strap mean?

      1. The three letter code is a Production code for quality control purposes. Steve knows more about them.

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