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A5, Personal and Pocket Mia Caras in Epoca Gold.

Now that all the lovely new Mia epoca colours are out (red! green! orange! purple!) it may seem like a boring choice to go with good old gold. But I did it for several reasons. Firstly, I love this type and colour of leather in all my leather items. Secondly I love Mulberry Darwin leather and this is the closest I have ever found to it. Thirdly, I wanted a complete set of the same model and colour binder.

Looking at them you can see that the colour and texture of each of these binders is slightly different. This is an inherent characteristic of natural leather. Each animal is different and skin from different parts of the body has different textures. Also, as a natural leather item is used it gains a darker patina from exposure to air and natural oils from being handled. My A5 has been the most used of the three.

I can definitely feel a difference between the texture of my new Mia Cara and my old ones. It looks the same but the feel is different. I am not sure whether the tanning or treatment process is different but it is lighter and smoother, even though it has a heavy grain. Very like the difference between the old Mulberry Darwin leather and the new Natural Vegetable Tanned Leather (NVLT). I much prefer the older leather but that does not mean I don’t like the new leather or that there is something wrong with it. It is just personal preference.

All in all very happy with it!

A small aside – in order to get all three binders in the shot in the only light place in my flat (by my desk), I had to stand on my desk and take the photos. My desk is next to the window and I had my back to the window to get the best pictures. I only thought afterwards about the fact that I was in my underwear at the time. My neighbors must have gotten a real eyeful! Luckily I live on the third floor. The lengths I go to for my binders and my readers, ha ha!

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All three have been retrofitted with gold rings. The medium rings are more ice gold than gold. I actually had to double check by comparing with silver ones, whether they were gold and they were.

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Author: Janet Carr

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

16 thoughts

  1. Haha~I saw the toes! Running down your posts all day, love reading them & they are my new discovery! Now torn on a choice between Mia purple or gold medium…If it were an only Mia in a durable time, Janet, what do you recommend?

    1. Aw so glad you like them!

      Ooh very difficult question. I would initially have said definitely the gold as it is a classic colour and will stand the test of time. But the purple is absolutely stunning – the colour is unbelievable. I have the gold as it is part of the ‘set’ of Mias but if that was not the case, I think I would choose the purple.

      1. Oh…why I come to catch the inspiring reply till today…Thank you ,Janet! That is very helpful! I finally make up my mind and simply wait for my luck to happen. Hugs!

  2. And the best planner Oscar in a supporting roles goes to …… Janet’s toooooooooes!

    And I am smiling at the thought of you standing on the desk and confusing the hell out of the neighbours!

    Those planners are absolutely gorgeous …

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