I'm sifting through the internet, on the hunt for a new portfolio. What's a portfolio? Well... it's a container for a writing pad, loose papers, pens and business cards. Whenever I go to a meeting I carry my portfolio, and at the end of the day I plunk all the notes from my portfolio into the scanner to get it into my computer.
But finding the right portfolio on the internet is hard. This is really a task where searching sucks! If I only relied on google to find one, I would have to choose between a couple of brands, and a lot of cheap no-name leather outlets.
Another issue is the tactile experience. Touching and having really good close-up look are key to finding what you want. So right now I have actually found most of the candidates for my next portfolio in actual stores!
Here a my wishes for a portfolio
- It must be zipped... because I use a lot of loose papers
- I prefer nice quality leather
- I'm looking for a minimalistic tasteful design. No inbuilt calculators or strong product branding
- It must be A4
Right now I'm looking at this shortlist of portfolios:
This is quite nice. Well designed interior. It has a nice big pocket for loose papers. I must say though, that I found it a little boring. This could be something for an accountant. Not a very luxuious feel to it either. But it's rather sturdy. This was about 900 DKR.
This is the one that I had until last week when the zipper broke. It has been really nice. Not the best build quality though. It's made of faux leather so the feel of it isn't as nice as I would like. I considered upgrading to the Finsbury series to have a better quality but that one is just plain ugly. The interior is ok. The pockets for paper are of no use cause they are to tight. I'm considering buying another one though, because the Filofax Domino is cheap! It'll be mine for only 349 DKR
This looks really nice. Haven't handled it personally, but it has the looks! It like it for it's simplicity and old school luxury style. It's a little pricey though at 1500 DKR.
Awww man. This one looks amazing. I'm already a sucker for Smythsons expensive notebooks and I could easily be a sucker for this one as well. EASILY! You can have your name engraved in gold for 60 DKR a letter. What a bargain! And of course I would have to shell out 3.300 DKR
Gianni Conti Cognac Leather Portfolio
This one was wonderfull in the hands. Smooth like a loving caress. And I loved colour too. A stylish cognac brown with a fine patterned lining. Unfortunately it had a rather vulgar branding on the front. I don't want to be a walking commercial for some leather manufacturer. The price was reasonable at 900 DKR.
I haven't got any pictures of the Gianni Conti, because the website looks like this:
That's an awesome online store :D
What would you buy? Got any got ideas? Please post ideas in the comments
— Jens Poder
When writing this blog post Filofax actually wrote me and promised to replace my domino! Kudos Filofax :)