It's quite clear to me that many people LOVE the Maldens. Don't get me wrong, I really like the purple one but that's simply because . . . it's purple. And I love purple.
I did manage to stroke a Malden in Staples once and I have to agree that it was indeed a very pleasant experience. (Apart from the weird looks I got from people in the shop who clearly thought I had escaped from some kind of mental institution.)
Now please understand that I am NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a 'girlie' girl. I live the vast majority of my life in jeans and I don't decorate my dividers with pretty patterns, Washi tape or Hello Kitty stickers. And I certainly don't have any teddy bears in my bedroom (I'm 35 for goodness sake!). But I do lurrrrrve colour. Deep, rich, vibrant colour. I wear colourful tops with my jeans, I have some colourful handbags and jewellery, I always use a brightly-coloured Filofax and often paint my nails with nice colours. So the fact that the purple Malden was released this Spring made me very happy. Or did it???
As much as I try, I can't help but think that the binder itself looks rather . . . well . . . 'masculine'. When you compare it to a Finsbury or the beautiful Chameleon (of which I have two of each), I think it looks quite 'manly'. I tried to be excited when they recently released the compact Malden in purple (Yay! Purple! Compact! Soft leather!) but I . . . just . . . couldn't . . . quite . . . manage it.
Oh well. My husband will be pleased anyway. At least I won't be buying one!
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