This one is a test project to see how the undyed leather wears. I will be using it for six months and recording the wear patterns on my blog so potential buyers can be informed before they buy.
I was allowed to design it myself so I chose lots of credit card pockets, secretarial pockets, 30mm rings, ring protectors and a flyleaf.
I am expecting it to show darkening first on the clasp and wear on the credit card pockets from using cards. The cover will also probably have scuffs from my handbag as I do not keep my binders in anything. Wear on this type of leather usually leads to gorgeous glowing patina and character but it is not for everyone, hence this project. I may also try to treat it with a leather care product on a small hidden part to see how it reacts. I don’t usually treat my leather but this may benefit from it.
This leather is not dyed or treated so it does show wear and goes darker depending on exposure to sunlight. The two samples which are shown in the middle of the photograph above are for comparison. I will keep them safe and dark and untouched, and put them next to the binder each week to show the difference.
I am eager to see how this works out. I wish they tried this out before the price increase expected for next year. This is the only leather that has interested me other than the no longer available gold croc. Keeping my fingers crossed. lol
There are quite a few people saying tourists ought to take driving tests before being allowed to drive on New Zealand roads.
I just think of countries like Sweden and Norway, where one REALLY has to know how to drive to get their licence, and cringe internally at the ignorant xenophobia. I’m pretty sure most most Swedes or Norwegians would be appallingly insulted after seeing just how pathetically easy our driving tests are. Not to mention every Kiwi on their OE would whinge and moan about having to take (and, no doubt, fail spectacularly) a real driving test in Stockholm or Oslo if the boot were on the other foot.
Driving on snow and ice is not for the faint-hearted and even here in Stockholm we have it for up to 8 months of the year. Strangely, even though the driving conditions are so dangerous, there are relatively few accidents.
so pretty! 🙂
I really want to order this so ill be seeing what the wear is like, is it coated?
No it isn’t as far as I know. Mr Van Der Spek was concerned that it would get very dirty, so they decided to have a test model just to see.
That binder is absolutely lovely, Janet. I am eager to see how the leather will age and the hues of the patina it will get.
I wish they did it in A6 as all my inserts are that size now (thank you Mulberry!).
Please feed us regularly with lots of photos!
They would do it in A6 if it went into production. And you can chose the old rectangular A6 or the new square one, and 20mm or 25mm rings 🙂
That would be great if it went into production in A6, 25mm rings, no stiffeners and a full length back pocket (no flyleaf though).
Am l demanding too much?? lol
Not at all!