Thoughts on the new Gillio medium Compagnas
In May last year I ordered my first Gillio binder—a medium Compagna in gold. A few weeks ago I preordered my second medium Compagna in gold, for reasons best left private. While familiar, this new item differed in a some ways from my first. These are a few of my observations:
- The leather seems noticeably thicker. I don’t know if this is due to my old binder being more supple due to regular use. I doubt it. For good or bad, the new leather’s thicker.
- When I took it out of the box the color of the leather was really light—almost like camel-colored. I literally watched it darken before my eyes as the light and air touched it.
- I had hoped for this binder to have a leather zipper pull tag like my A5 Compagna, but it was the same old ”regular” pull tag. Ben van Halen explained that they’ve had some issues with the leather tag damaging the leather flyleaf, and so they’d discontinued it. Pity.
- The closure strap was not the same handsome construction as on my previous Gillos, where a thinner piece of leather had been folded over and sown to a second thin piece of leather. Instead, this binder had a closure strap made of two thicker pieces of leather sown together, with the edges sealed with leather gum. Tom argues this is a time-tested construction, but I have my doubts as to how this will age.
- The popper is a bit heavier, making this binder look a bit more modern, when compared to my previous ones.