This arrived at 7am, just as I was rushing off to work, but did a quick photoshoot with it before I left. What a beauty. Can honestly say I have never seen leather like this before. It is soft and supple but looks like hard gold plating. Really unusual and wow I am so glad I got it. Akiko describes it as:
This binder features really beautiful leather…It’s enameled on metallic bronze color, and it has very decorative and delicate pattern of paisley. I really love this dense and detailed design of paisley, flourish, leaves…etc. It’s embossed but it looks just like metal etching! Very beautiful and unique. The inside is dark bronze. I got these leathers separately but the color matches perfectly. The stitch has gold lame. I made the design of this binder minimal.
I have asked Akiko and she says that she does have some more of this leather but that it is very rare. So if you want one of these, it may be an idea to get in there sooner rather than later.
As usual the packaging is stunning. Everything is presented and packaged with love and beauty. There is a gorgeous presentation box and everything inside is protected and displayed in co-ordinating tissue paper. There is an accompanying handwritten note with some stickers on it.
Unlike my previous Akiko binder which closes with a turnlock, this one has a magnetic stud fastening. The simplicity of the design is the perfect showcase for the gilded, ornamental leather. It is hard to believe that each stitch is done by hand, as everything is absolutely perfect.