Filofax spotted in the wild

The other day I was screeching into my favourite coffee shop when I had a ten minute break to get a cup of coffee (one of the best parts of my day – extra hot, extra strong latte) when I spotted this out of the corner of my eye.

I didn’t have much time but once I saw that well-used, well-stuffed binder with it’s battered tabs and worn pages I had to go over and speak to the owner. She was happy for me to take a photograph and tell me a little about her organiser.

It is a gorgeous battered personal size Filofax Original in purple, with a beautiful glowy patina. All the dents and marks just made it look more beautiful. The owner told me that she had used electronic calendars for a while but then switched back to paper planning, which she now uses in combination with her electronic system. I saw her transcribing bookings and information from her phone into her calendar, and also working through her lists, crossing things off as she went.

I have never paid much attention to the Filofax Original because the internal layout is far too basic for me and the way I use my binders, but I love the leather and the colours (particularly the green), and always wondered how they would wear. Now I know, and am looking at this model with increased interest.


Author: Janet Carr

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

3 thoughts

  1. I have an old Personal in black from the late 1980’s – yep, it’s still with me. Interesting thing is mine lost the leather snap long ago (stitching failed) and I noticed this photo shows a similar issue. But it’s a great organizer. I did pick up a Personal Belmont and love it. Love the analog system – no batteries to charge.

    1. This one’s strap was tucked under the cover because she was working with the binder, but it is a real pity when that happens. I reckon if you still have the strap, a cobbler could reattach it for you.

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