My day at Gillio, part one

Holy guacamole. Have I had the best day EVER yesterday, or what?

(Just a quick disclaimer: I have in no way been payed to write these posts… Just out of my own planner-freakishness!)

For those of you that haven’t seen my ranting on the Philofaxy FB page: I went to Gillio yesterday. That is: to their walhalla of leather goods in the center of Brussels here in Belgium. After the planner that I bought in their shop in Antwerp, and my YouTube videos, they contacted me because of the many requests they were getting for information about their planners from all over the world! The power of the Philofaxy community…

I thought I would just spend a few hours there, but I ended up staying the entire day. I just couldn’t leave, I told them I just wanted to move into their shop permanently! I have enough stuff to tell you for a couple of YT videos and a couple of blog posts, and I will try to divide them by subject. Part one today: my visit to their shop.

Their lovely little shop is located in the Galeries Louise in the (expensive) center of Brussels. They have quite a lot of window displays, luring you in to see all of their magnificent leather goods, pens and more:

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I met with Tom and Mieke there, part of the small family business that is Gillio… Wonderful people who took literally all day to show me their entire collection and ‘feed my fixation’ of planners and leather. They’ve been making these wonderful planners for over 15 years, and everything they do just beams craftsmanship: hand made goods, naturally coloured leather (70 days in a colour bath!), top notch finishings… Having the time to inspect everything from close by really convinced me: these people don’t settle for anything less than quality.

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I myself had bought a ‘Compagna’ planner a couple of weeks ago, in Croco Grey. For me, these planners stand out because of their extra pockets and beautiful extra patch of leather at the inside (see my YT video) but now, I got to take a look at their other planners, colours and sizes.

The Compagna in A5 is stunning. I use a Filofax Finchley in Raspberry A5, too, and comparing that with these is just, well, comparing apple sause to apples πŸ™‚

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The Fuchsia A5 immediately caught my eye as I am a pink addict…


The Red is actually some kind of coral-colour between red and orange, I have to be honest, this picture isn’t comepletely doing it justice…



The Brown was just gorgeous… Would be a great office binder, now I think of it…



For those who wanted to know the difference between my planner’s colour and the beige: on the left Grey, on the left the Beige – you see that mine is not so ‘yellowish’…

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They also have a ‘Slim’ series with smaller rings… Pretty, but how on earth do people fit their life in there?

That’s it for now, I have some special treats for you on the YT video I will post tonight, after my son goes to sleep…!




10 thoughts on “My day at Gillio, part one

  1. Ohhh how exciting, Mella! Thank you for sharing these photos and your experiences with us. I cannot wait to get my Gillio in hand today. That red/coral-y color and the fuschia have me drooling! I look forward to reading your next installments and watching the vids. If I can muster up the courage, I’ll do a quick vid of my new Gillio too. πŸ™‚

    • You should, Tessa! I’m sure everybody is dying to see & I’m sure Tom & co would also appreciate and like to see! I dreaded the thought of making a video and look what happened to me, haha πŸ™‚

      • I think i’m in love :-). Wow, these Binders are so beautiful! Is it true that they all have 30mm rings? And those pockets are great. I think i want one. Thank you so much for showing these.

      • You’re absolutely right! I will work on it. I’m still in mid set up. I never bonded with any of my Filofaxes like I have with my Gillio so I never started the cute decorating or washi tape/sticker add ons. I just used my Filofaxes as is. Now that I found something I truly love- I’ve been hard at work setting it up. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I get it finished. πŸ™‚

  2. Its wonderful to see a small, family-run, high-end planner business. Filofax could have been similar until they lost their way. You can see the quality of the binders in the photos. Its heartening. And how nice of them to invite you, because of all the enquiries you’ve generated!

  3. Looks like I waited to long. I wanted the blue crock in medium and it is no longer on the website. Before I saw your post I ordered a crimson malden from filofax Italy (I live in the USA) I’m dying to see how the red compares to the malden. I love your green A5. If they decide to make them again I would get the green.

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