VDS Undyed leather test binder


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, big rings, ring protectors and a flyleaf.

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.

Here is the test piece of leather – Andrea (Petra’s wonderful mom) and JP are standing with it.






Author: Janet Carr

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

7 thoughts

  1. Sorry to ask, but what is Bontex? Do you think they could make one without any stiffener or is the leather too thin or soft?

    1. Here we go!

      You may prefer a more “floppy” feeling organiser. You can ask for the stiffening to be removed (at no extra cost.) This option is only available when ordering a Custom organizer.

      Van der Spek normally use is carton 0.6mm thick stiffener for the standard organiser. For the Manager A5 they use 0.8mm thickness.

      If someone does not want a stiffener, there are two options available:

      When the outside is the soft nappa they use thin bontex 0.3mm or 0.4mmthickness.When the outside is a croco or a 18 leather they only use an outside frame.A frame like a photoframe, so no carton in the middle. Just to have edges for the folding of the leather round the edges.

      1. Thank you for the explanation, Janet. You are such an expert! Now l understand better how it works and l’ll know what to order if l am still in love with that binder in a few months.

  2. That planner is stunning, Janet.
    Has it got stiffener or is it just the leather?
    I am eager to see more photos of it when it develops a patina.
    Thank you for sharing!

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