Exotic Ecstacy

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I think it is a such a pity that Filofax has discontinued these – they are gorgeous and real farmed exotic rather than embossed as 99% of the exotic binders out there. They also wear extremely well and are tough as iron, but light.

I have a Buttercup ostrich and lizards in red and green. For comparison in the one photograph is my green Tejus which is lizard embossed, but a good quality binder if a real exotic is beyond your reach. It is also vintage so the rings and the leather were really made to last a lifetime.

Filofax Tejus in green to the right.
Filofax Tejus in green to the right.
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In slightly different lighting showing the blueish green of the green lizard. I love it!

Author: Janet Carr

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

6 thoughts

  1. A couple of years ago I was bidding on a couple of exotics on eBay – one was a blue lizard, the other was sharkskin. Beautiful, both of them – I was very miffed when I didn’t win the shark, particularly! I can’t imagine that filofax sell that many, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to kill these off given the fashion forward marketing of recent years, surely?

    1. The older extremely exotic exotics like shark and elephant would be illegal to sell new today I reckon. But for the alligator, lizard and ostrich they really should have kept them I think. They really were a good jewel in the crown to have.

      For Filofaxes though, I reckon the skins below are a thing of the past —-http://thisbugslife.com/2013/08/18/exotic-filofaxes-in-elephant-frog-and-shark/

      1. I think you’re right about the really exotic stuff – elephant, in particular, feels astonishingly dodgy these days. But you could make an argument that if the creature is farmed, not endangered and the skin would otherwise be discarded, then there is less of an ethical problem with using the skin as leather than with throwing it away – it is more respectful to the animal that way, and less wasteful. Of course some people object to all leather products etc…

        I just think if you are going to use a living creature that way then it is better to use as much of it as possible.

      2. I agree there. I am an animal lover and work actively with animal rescue but I do eat meat and I do wear leather. Not fur and not endangered species.

  2. Gorgeous! I don’t know what’s going on a filofax but it seems a shame to discontinue these, especially as they don’t have any other really nice binders on offer at all these days.

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