|ASTON FILOFAX (Personal)|
I didn't purchase them both on a whim though. No no... When you are deciding on your next Filofax, it is of course essential that you check every single review, blog post, and youtube video. I exhausted them all, and a week later I came to the conclusion that if I didn't purchase both of these organisers, there would always be that - what if...?
It all started when I was browsing the Filofaxes in Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road - Not because I was looking for a new Filofax, but because I couldn't resist. I never can.
I absently picked up this ordinary looking Aston Filofax and was immediately taken aback. It felt... right. Suddenly the rich dark chocolate colour was just so... me.
The leather was soft against my fingertips, and ever so slightly cushioned. The graining was so subtle, and the stitching - Talk about elegant! It fitted into my palm so comfortably that I had to have a private moment with the Aston right then and there, whilst standing in the middle of Paperchase, with the Security Guard overlooking suspiciously, as my eyes rolled back and my fingers fondled the merchandise.
When I opened the snap and looked down, I knew exactly what to expect - I held my breath, almost hoping it wouldn't be so... but it was... the Aston leather cover was totally flexible. It bent right back onto itself like the cover of an old paperback book - Heart wrenching perfection.
Now then, in the reviews the Aston is often referred to as plain and lacking that certain je ne sais quoi; I assure you these people don't know what they are talking about! I honestly don't know how anyone can hold this beauty in the palm of their hand and not experience the magic. The Aston, in my opinion is just so classy and sexy; but in an understated, elegant sort of way... a bit like me I suppose. Dogs look like their owners, do Filofaxes?
The price tag brought me back down to earth though - Eighty quid? Yikes. Better think this through. Reluctantly, I returned my soul mate to the shelf and sheepishly walked away, past the freaked out Security Guard and out onto the sunny street. My love encounter wasn't about to end there though. It was when I pulled my stubby old 80s burgundy organiser out on the bus to console myself (it has always worked in the past) that I knew it was over between us. I craved the elegance and subtle beauty of the Aston like nothing you could possibly imagine.
So I spent a whole week scanning my laptop for reviews and pictures and deals. That's when I came across a youtube video which compared my beautiful Aston, with a Holborn Zipped. Suddenly I was very, very confused.
The Holborn Zipped...
I have never been a fan of the idea of a zipped Filofax. Perhaps they remind me of those bulky zipped school pencil cases - back in the day, and I was always more of a slim leather or tin pencil case kinda schoolgirl.
My opinions were challenged though when I watched greedily as an American woman ran her hands all over this Holborn zipped Filofax in a youtube video, whilst comparing it with my beloved Aston. I couldn't figure out the feeling I was experiencing at the time, but I know now - I was jealous.
Initially it was the colour that attracted me - not burgundy, but a beautiful classy wine colour. Then it was the look of the buffalo leather. Bare in mind that I had never handled buffalo leather before, but as soon as this American lady described it as "buttery", I knew I was intrigued. The smooth leather caught the light in the video which totally enhanced the wine colour. I think I watched this video five or six times in a row trying to imagine what it felt like to hold it in my hands.
When the woman started to reveal all the pockets and space there was inside, I realised I had a problem. This Filofax was like a little clutch bag! I am a woman okay? The idea of a Filofax/clutch was too much... I had to have it! (A woman can never have too many bags. It wasn't like I would be purchasing two Filofaxes... because obviously that would be nuts; no, I was going to purchase an Aston Filofax, and a Holborn Clutchbag - This is my story and I'm sticking to it!)
So that's exactly what I did.