Confessions of a Stationery Addict: £730 for a designer diary?
Introducing the first post in my new blog series Confessions of a Stationery Addict...
There's something about stationery. The smell of crisp, white paper bound to a smooth leather cover. The weight of a metal fountain pen as it glides fresh, blue ink across a page. Ever since I was little, I have collected notebooks. I even dabbled in the financially dangerous game of Filofax collecting when I was 16 (who does that?). Although Paperchase, Staples, WH Smith and Rymans will always have a special place in my heart, I've recently been searching for a more sophisticated organiser/agenda/diary/however-you-want-to-call-it.
In a moment of curiosity (some would say madness), I googled the most coveted designer brands to see what they had to offer. Here's what I found:
Mulberry Agenda in Oak Natural Leather - £275
Weighing in at a hearty £275 is the Mulberry Agenda in Oak Natural Leather (which also comes in black). This diary is medium sized and comes with antique brass components, card slips, pockets, a week to view diary insert, a year planner and a branded popper. Inserts for the organiser start from £8 (for single page dividers..£8!!) and if you want to buy new year inserts for your agenda, you'll pay from £18. Although, as with all Mulberry products, this is an incredibly classy product; I don't think it sets itself apart from Filofax (which also sells extremely similar, high quality, all leather organisers). That said, I think this would be a beautiful present for someone who covets designer brands but wouldn't splash out hundreds (and thousands) for the bags.
Louis Vuitton Medium Ring Agenda Cover in Monogram Canvas - £390
This pricey little agenda, offering a press stud closure, six credit card slots and two compartments costs a meaty £390 - and this price doesn't even include any agenda inserts (those will cost you from £49 onwards). However, I love the fact that you can customise this agenda with your initials (at an extra cost). Owing to the distinctive LV print, I also think this agenda looks much more luxurious than the Mulberry. Despite the fact that I've never coveted a Louis Vuitton bag (owing to the 'fake' epidemic that's swept our streets), this little diary might be the exception! £430 though? Probably madness...
Prada 'Trick' Notebook in Sun and Black - £315
Now this is what a designer notebook should look like. Although this is not technically a diary, I couldn't help but include this little beauty in the post. Admittedly, at just four inches high and three inches wide, you're not getting much bang for your buck. However, the notebook is made of Saffiano leather and is decorated with a metal rose inspired by the FW16 runway show. It also features a metal loop that you could tie the notebook to (your trouser belt?! maybe not). The range features a few of these metal-elaborated notebooks in an array of bright colours. Beautiful!
Chanel Lambskin Agenda in Black & Burgundy - £730
Now this, my friends, is what you call an agenda. Look at it. Look. at. it. The puckered quilting, the burgundy stitching, the beautiful, gold Chanel emblem on the bottom right hand corner. Beyonce probably has one. But alas, £730 for - let's face it - a scrap of quilted leather and some paper. It's never going to happen.
After all this internet browsing, you'll be relieved to find out that I actually ordered a £5.99 beauty from WH Smith.