I received a new binder recently…
It’s pale green…
It has six rings…
It has pockets and card-slots…
From a (reasonable) distance it could be mistaken for the jade Finchley.
It isn’t a Filofax.
It isn’t a Filofax. It’s a Mulberry.
But hang on, don’t Mulberry do all kinds of weird ring spacing that means nothing else fits in them so you’re forced to buy their really expensive inserts?
That’s what I thought. But it’s not (entirely) true.
I bought an A5 Mulberry (which they call Planner size) and… the hole spacing is exactly the same as the personal filofax size.
I realise that this might not be news to some of you, but it was for me! The belief that the ring-spacing was unique had put me off getting an A5 Mulberry for as long as I have thought about buying one. I then saw one on eBay that was going for a song and decided to bite the bullet. I could always get a single-hole punch if I really couldn't face buying Mulberry inserts...
Then the night before it arrived I was emailing my friend Gerard about it and he told me that the spacing was the same as the personal filofax. I didn’t quite believe it could be true, but then, it arrived, and he’s absolutely right!
So, here are my initial thoughts about it.
It’s been well used. I don’t know if the previous user loved or cherished it, but it’s pretty battered and has obviously seen a lot of work. I don’t mind that. Despite the wear and tear, the quality shows through. It would have been nice for it to have been in better nick (but then I wouldn’t have managed to get it for £30! Yes, I did say it was going for a song.).
Inside the back cover there is a gusseted zipped pocket, lined with the same tartan material you can see next to the rings, with a full-height pocket behind (also lined with the tartan material).
|Inside back cover|
The inside front cover has four cut-edge credit card slots and an ID window with a pocket behind. The back of that first piece of leather is brown leather (I think – though it might be vinyl). Behind that is another pocket, the reverse of which is lined with suede and then a full-height pocket behind that, which is also lined with suede on one side (the reverse of the leather) and the tartan material on the other.
|Inside front cover|
|Lies flat as a bat|
It came with a few inserts, but I probably won’t use them – they’re a bit tired looking. And anyway, the huge bonus is that I can make my own A5 inserts and use my decent hole punch to make the holes, rather than having to use the hateful, poor quality atrocity that Filofax produce for their A5 hole-spacing. I can even interleave personal pages in if I want to. How happy am I??
|Proof!! Personal paper in the Mulberry planner|
So, yes, it’s a bit worn and it seems to have had a bit of a hard life, but it’s brilliant for me!
What do others think?? Like? Interesting but not for you? Dislike??