Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Seattle Japanese Garden

Filofax Enigma

These are the Filofax Enigma organizers in Brindle and Vermilion. I've had the brindle for quite some time and was recently able to add the vermilion red to complete this duo collection. The Enigma is one of those binders that you either love it or hate it.

Outside: The binders have an interesting snake print design and it appears that no two patterns are exactly the same.  The texture is smooth and cushiony, and the leather feels as though it has a protective coating. The branded 'f' can be found at the bottom of the spine and on the silver hardware of the clasp.

Interior: The Enigma lays completely flat upon opening. The covers are flexible rather than stiff which allows easy access to the pockets. On the inside left, there are six card slots, a vertical pocket, and vertical zipper pocket. On the inside right, there's a full length gusseted pocket with snap closure. The rings measure 23 mm.

The Enigma has a high-end feel and has earned a place in my collection. If I could only keep one? It would be the vermilion because of its striking colors. Luckily, I don't have to choose.

Note: This range is discontinued and no longer available. You may be able to find new old stock at retailers or buy them pre-owned as I did.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Meet Harry

For those who don't know "Harry," I would like to formally introduce him to you.  

Harry is a medium Gillio Compagna in brown croco. I've never named any of my binders, but this one is special and was already named before I got him.

This lad has certainly traveled his fair share. Harry was crafted in Italy and sold in Belgium. I am the fourth owner now so he's also traveled to France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He arrived at my doorstep on May 31, in time for me to take him along on my planned visit to Seattle and Victoria B.C.

Here's some photos of Harry's amazing leather, detail, and color. Let me just say this is the most stunning and handsome binder I've ever had. And, well, I have a lot.

Front View
Inside View of Left Side and Leather Flyleaf

Outside View of Front, Back, Spine, and Closure

Harry is fitting in nicely. Here's a photo of the binders that I consistently use. I call them my three bears.

Left: Medium Compagna in Dark Blue Epoca
Middle: Medium Compagna in Brown Croco (Harry)
Right: Slim Compagna in Gold Epoca

Friday, July 4, 2014

Harry's Travels

Fremont Neighborhood, Seattle

Every day began with the essentials.

"Waiting for the Interurban"

Gas Works Park

Tree swing along a sidewalk

Ferry Ride from Anacortes to Sidney B.C.

Boarding the Chelan vessel

Beautiful views of the San Juan Islands
Quiet time
Victoria, B.C.

China Town

Parliament building

Souvenir cups
Butchart Gardens

Italian Garden

Bronze statue

The trip would not have been complete without a rain shower in Seattle.

Gillio and Iconic Movie Vehicles

During the month of June, it was a complete fluke that I happened across these iconic vehicles. I thought it would be fun to photo bomb them with my organizers! 

with Medium Gillio Compagna in Brown Croco
June 1, 2014

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
with Medium Gigliodoro Compagna in Dark Blue Epoca
June 5, 2014

"Optimus Prime Transformer"
with Slim Gillio Compagna in Gold Epoca
June 19, 2014

What could be next?  I'd love to come across the Delorean from Back to the Future.  Keep your eyes open!  You never know what may be following you.