I don’t tend to use any leather items that are not brown. My handbags are about 95% brown, as are my planners. Every now and then an orange and a purple sneak in but generally only my scarves and jewellery provide colour to my life.
So my Gillio Aqua Skorpion was a total anomaly. I saw it and it was love at first sight. When I got it I was done for. It was a gorgeous shade of aqua with sand and pearly pink accents. The grain and pattern were absolute perfection. It had a strange rubbery like feel that was rather addictive
I really absolutely and utterly adored this planner. Have never owned anything remotely like it. This binder walked away with almost every award on my blog in 2013
When I got it, the rings were defective, so Gillio sent me a replacement set in gold (oh how nice to be able to replace dodgy rings). This meant that I was unable to use it for about three weeks while waiting for the rings over the Christmas season. I put it on a shelf where I could look at it which was a really good thing because….
Sadly, once I started using it, the color began to flake and fade on the corners, the edges and the clasp. This was found to be a problem with several colours in this series. I stopped using it but decided to keep it anyway as it was so beautiful. There were only four ever made so there was no possibility to get a replacement. About a month later I tried using it for another week and the corners disintegrated. Then the back started showing white spots where the colour was disappearing.
So it was with great sadness that I boxed my beloved up and sent it back to Gillio. Within two days they had received it and I was given a refund. I have no photos of the deterioration as it was heartbreaking to see and I couldn’t bear to document it.
Some good has come out of this however because I was, with the refund money, able to buy a personal-sized Mia Cara in Epoca gold, thus completing the set of Pocket, Medium and A5. I had wanted one of these last year but they were sold out for the rest of 2013.
I have chosen gold rings for my medium Mia Cara and have chosen a pink pen to go with it.
Bye Bye Aqua Skorpion it was wonderful knowing you and I will never forget you!
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