August 23, 2013 by Kel
I’m back and armed with so much stuff to get through today, I may have to spread it over a couple of posts – you lucky people!!
I promised a couple of posts ago that I would compare my Malden and my Osterley, and I actually took a few photo’s ready to show you there and then… but as you know life and ex-boyfriends get in the way and you’re forced to sort out a lot of mind warps before you can consider sitting down and actually doing something productive (like blogging, ahem…!)
So here we go, lets see if I can get through this post without being called away, eh!
First up, a snapshot of side by side comparison:
It was a really sunny day in my living room on the day I took these photo’s – the orange of the Osterley looks pretty blinding! My apologies!
The Malden is a matt leather, very soft and luxurious – extremely floppy and malleable (especially when moisturised!) It has a very long clasp (so easy to fill those rings up) and the stitching really gives it that casual and long time use feel.
The Osterley is almost patent in comparison, a smooth leather with a high end stylish texture. It is rigid and structured in comparison to the Malden’s laid back feel. The clasp is also shorter – it’s quite a ruthless binder almost
One thing I was really surprised to find out is how much larger the Malden is to the Osterley – it doesn’t look it here, but when you have a full binder that extra little bit really is the difference to your tabs being bent due to your pens in the pen loop. I’m not sure if I’ve ever come across any reviews mentioning this before.
But anyway – on to the interior – the Malden has all the card slots where you need them at the front – all together. The slots are extremely supple and malleable to access your cards or items. There is also a small shallow zip pocket and a full length pocket behind the card slots. All are very easy to access quickly due to the soft leather. It also means that you can (and in my case, WILL) store WAY more than you probably need so it’s very easy to overstuff. Sometimes Malden’s don’t look right unless they are packed! At the back of the Malden, there is a top deep pocket and a full length side pocket matching the front. Again, very easy to over-stuff ;). The back of the Malden comes with a full leather pen loop.
The Osterley is a little strict when it comes to overstuffing. It just won’t have it (unless you want to put the clasp under stress and cause the tabs to be even more bent ;). Instead, the front of the binder believes you can only have 4 cards and one full length pocket. They are quite sturdy so aren’t as malleable to slide cards and other items in and out of the pockets, but they are still pretty accessible. The front of the binder comes with a part leather, part elastic pen loop which is perfect for left handers like myself, and for those that love chunky pens. The back of the Osterley finds another 2 card slots, another full length pocket and another part leather, part elastic pen loop.
And here is Ozzie in action!
Next up is what is inside and how I organise my planner
Til next time – happy planning!