It is here – finally! The lovely Paul Dolk was a rock through the long long process of sending it to someone abroad and then it being lost by the Swedish postal service. He, thanks to brilliant detective work, managed to use the Dutch postal system to track it down, when the Swedish system couldn’t find it. I should also give a huge thank you to the staff of small shop which acts as my local Swedish postal agency – they were going to take the whole day tomorrow when it is quiet and sort through every single one of the parcels in their depot to find it.
I have just collected it and now, after almost a month, am able to review it for my readers. I had never seen a Van Der Spek in real life – only in photographs. This one was custom made for a company in Rotterdam and is in smooth, brown, glossy leather. It is very soft to the touch. Inside there are 12 credit card pockets in the front and a full length zippered pocket as well as a full length slip pocket in the back. The refills are from 1995 and look to be Succes. They have a VERY nice layout. Not sure if this layout is still available. The tabs are also really nice. In the pocket are tab reinforcers.
This organiser is from the 1990s but it is absolutely brand new and the leather and hardware look like they were made today. It still has that lovely strong leather smell and has probably never been out of the box.
Thank you Paul – so much for the wonderful experience that was this transaction. It has been a privilege to have met you and gotten to know you. Thank you also to Anamarija for finding this binder for me.
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