Gillio Giramondo Deluxe Review

The Gillio Giramondo was originally launched in 2014. The design was a fairly simple one, but it is made to the usual high standards by Gillio in Italy using their high quality leathers.

The design in my opinion lacked some features though, which have been rectified with this revised new edition, the Giramondo Deluxe announced today.

The first obvious edition is the clasp closure instead of the simple elastic loop closure.


Open up the notebook cover and you will instantly see new secretarial pocket arrangements on both sides of the cover with eight credit/business card slots in each one.

Another long awaited addition is there are now two elasticated pen loops, the original one had none! So Mr Gillio how about two pen loops on your A5 and Medium size organisers as well please….<lone voice shouting!>

The other obvious change is the increase from one set of double loop elastics to three sets neatly arranged in the spine of the notebook. This increases the capacity of the notebook cover.


Another change is in the way the Giramondo leather is finished at the edges, on the original the two edges are simply sewn together and a resin coating added to the edge. It is now booked like their other products, the edge of the leather outer cover is feathered at the edge making it thinner around the edge so it can be folded over and then stitched to the inside leather. This gives a neater overall finish to the notebook cover.


Here are the two together so you can see the differences, my original ‘undyed’ version and the new version in grey leather.

This image shows the differences between the internal layout of the original Giramondo and the new Giramondo Deluxe.

Just picking up the new one you will might not notice at first that it is slightly bigger in size, but it is very slightly taller.


More noticeable is the necessary increase in width so that it can have the extra capacity for additional notebooks compared to the original. This is how much wider it is:


I loaded it up with six regular size notebooks. I use A5 notebooks that I reduce in width to the standard 11cm wide. With two pens in the loops the cover accommodates the notebooks perfectly with no overhangs and the clasp closes with no effort.



The Giramondo Deluxe is only available in the regular size in 11 colours at present, potentially it will be introduced in the other sizes as well if it proves popular. It also does not replace the regular Giramondo, that will still be available in all the current colours.

Thank you to Gillio for supplying this review sample of the Gillio Giramondo Deluxe.

Further information:

Gillio – IIC bvba
Breedveld 2 unit 7
1651 LOT (Beersel)
Belgium

+32 (0)2 380 63 19
Email: helpdesk@gillio.be
Website: http://www.gillio.be
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Gillio Appunto – B6 size

Gillio introduced the B6 size Appunto at PlannerCon Europe at the end of October 2017. At the time it was only available in five stock colours. It quickly sold out, not surprising really! Today (13 November 2018) Gillio are restocking some of those colours and introducing some new colours and colour combinations too.

I was lucky to receive this B6 in Dark Brown(772) with Yellow(771) on the interior. It’s great combination and I really like the contrast stitching.

The internal layout of the B6 is the same as my A5 Appunto that I recently reviewed. So there was no big surprises when I opened the B6 Appunto box.

So if you aren’t familiar with the Appunto, let’s take a quick tour.

Externally you could easily mistake this for a ring bound Gillio organiser. However, the bookmarks and the positioning of the elasticated pen loop give it away a little as being something different.

Internally the pocket layout on the inside front cover is very practical with full height vertical slip pockets and six credit card/business card pockets. Plus a business card pocket at the foot.

On the inside back cover there is a zip pocket and a half height secretarial flap pocket as well as the pen loop. Being placed higher up it will not suit all pens, I’ve managed to find a few that I already own though that fit this pen loop without too many issues.

This new B6 Appunto has been made slightly wider than the original release version. Full details about this change are in the video from Mella (see below)

B6 is bigger than A6, but as you can see below smaller than A5, it is an in-between size.

Shopping for B6 planners/notebooks is a bit of a voyage of discovery. You need to pay special attention to the size of the books you are buying.

True B6 is 125mm by 176mm high. The B6 Appunto easily takes this size of notebook with a bit of spare space.

The photograph below is a Muji Notebook, these are quite thin, but they are exactly B6 size.

I also discovered to my surprise I had an unused un-dated planner from Exacompta Forum Journal in the cupboard. This is a page per day journal/planner which is close to B6 size.

This one fits perfectly.

Undated page per day Journal.

I also looked on-line and discovered this Collins B6 notebook.

It fits very nicely in the B6 Appunto. It actually measures 183mm in height which I would say is approaching the limit of the size that will fit the B6 Appunto.

The pages are nice and simple in layout with rounded corners as well.

During my on-line search I also came across a B6+ series of notebooks by Leuchtturm 1917, these are the same width as B6 but taller. I didn’t order one because they are listed as being 190mm high, which I feel might be too high for the B6 Appunto, and the covers would need some trimming to fit the Appunto pockets.

So please Gillio, if you are thinking of further revising the B6 Auppunto a few extra mm in height would open it up to many more notebooks and planners in the market place. What you can easily buy will depend on where you are in the world, but I don’t see the point in importing things across continents because it becomes expensive in shipping and import duty costs.

Overall I find that the B6 size is a very practical size for planning or note taking, not too big and not too small.

Thank you to Gillio for supplying the sample of the B6 Appunto for review.


 

Further information: 

Gillio – IIC bvba
Breedveld 2 unit 7
1651 LOT (Beersel)
Belgium

Tel: +32 (0)2 380 63 19

Email: helpdesk@gillio.eu
Website: https://www.gillio.be
Facebook page: Gillio Firenze
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Instagram: @GillioFirenze