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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Liked Positive Review
Circa Zip Folio is the Best!
I have been a fan of Circa for years. Until recently, I used a junior sized Master Zip Folio and folded all my papers in half. Recently, I had a chance to get...Read complete review
I have been a fan of Circa for years. Until recently, I used a junior sized Master Zip Folio and folded all my papers in half. Recently, I had a chance to get a Bomber Jacket Letter Size at a sale price and improved my work life. With the pages opened to full size, I can manage a slimmer profile in my briefcase. I can also use the single page spread for my agenda instead of the weekly pages. The Bomber Jacket leather is a treat. If there is any flaw, it is that the pen loop tends to get caught in the zipper, but I can live with a loose pen inside one of the plastic pockets. This tool enables me to keep all my papers (calendar, schedules, lists, etc.) in one place and take them home with me as needed. My job pays for regular planners from a chain store, but I choose to buy my own Circa tools because they are just so much nicer and more convenient.
Most Liked Negative Review
Imperfections on Leather
This review is solely on the leather and not the functionality of the folio. I will try to be as nice as possible since I am very upset that this will be a gift...Read complete review
This review is solely on the leather and not the functionality of the folio. I will try to be as nice as possible since I am very upset that this will be a gift for my significant other. The top imperfections I'll cover on are by order of when I first opened up the box and noticed:1. "Dullness" and "uneven-ness" of the leather: Front top left has flat, NOT full-grain pebbled patch2. Uneven Monogram name and overall look of it3. SCRATCH marks (!)If there was not a monogram stamped, I would think it was a used product given to me as a gift.1. I was displeased with the overall LOOK of the leather. The commercial photos seem to have a more glossy/moisturized look to the leather but when I opened the box, I was surprised with how lackluster the leather looked. Worst of all, the front top left of the leather had a weird patch that wasn't "full-grain and pebbled" therefore the front doesn't have that uniform/unison pebbled-leather look. In addition, that's not the only "flat" parts of the folio. It is throughout the binder (not sure of the name) part of the folio (If you open the folio out completely, it is the very middle part where the rings would be located). Basically, it looks as if the whole folio has been kept in a shelf with other books, and over time has flatten out the grain/pebbled look. I understand this happens to leather over time, but not when it should be a brand new item. None the less, I will add that the leather is soft.2. To me, the monogram full name just looks very dull but I will be forgiving of this imperfection, however, it is uneven :( The monogram is supposed to be a nice added touch, and it just wasn't. It's just more of an "engraving" I mistakenly saw the photos to have a gold-spec finish to it, and it does not. I am planning to go to an arts/craft store to buy gold paint so I can finish the look and hopefully, try to give it an even look.3. When I opened the package, the front was the first thing I saw and the above comments were based on that. Might I add, I noticed a scratch on the front but I was more worried about the weird flat patch on the top left and throughout the binder part of the folio. When I finally grabbed it out of the box to inspect it all over, I couldn't believe it but there were scratches all over the folio. Most prominent was the back-- including 2 random indents which isn't very noticeable but you can feel it.Overall, I'm just flabbergasted at the poor handling of this item especially after reading all the positive reviews and seeing that it's coming from a sophisticated company. I mean, wouldn't they take extra precautions to handle something that's prone to marks? :(I don't plan to return this item because it already has my honey's full name monogramed, and I fly out of town next week for 3 weeks so he'd have to open this gift (Christmas) before I fly out. I'm sure the overall QUALITY and FUNCTIONALITY of this product will last but it's just a bummer to have to open a brand new item with all these imperfections.I've attached the maximum # (2) of photos allowed. I would post all the ones I took since I just can't believe how many imperfections there are. I don't think the photos taken by my iphone do a good job with the details but you can still see them.
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Stylish, practical and very useful. Holds much more than I expected. I love it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from New York, NY
This is a handsome and well-crafted product. Very practical and pleasing to the senses. The pebbled leather on this product is excellent and the item is practical and a great size (I have the Junior size). I use it daily and am very pleased with this purchase. It exceeded my expectations.
I buy the bomber jacket binders for the incoming executive level Directors and VPs that I support. These binders are the best quality binders currently on the market. I've purchased other brands and they don't last long because of the wear and tear they receive when the executives travel all the time with them. But the bomber jacket binders are built to last and they look and feel good.
Excellent quality, and iPad Air fits!
from Northfield, MN
The quality of the leather and of the finish and details on this are amazing; it's a beautiful and functional item. Plus, I was very pleased to discover that an iPad Air in a Smart Case fits perfectly inside the Junior sized folio; it lets me bring everything I need to meetings in a single item. I highly recommend this!
I purchased three of these folios as graduation presents. I find the leather beautiful with sturdy stitching and craftsmanship. The interior is both elegant and chic, and the entire folio has a sophisticated and professional look to it. It makes for a wonderful gift.
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from Pittsburgh, PA
I keep this in my car with my stealth stylus/pen combo. All graph pages (my preference). I have the junior style. It is the perfect notebook to take in to last minute meetings. It looks like you planned to be there. I've also used it with my iPad mini in side, it fits perfectly.
Cool, awsome and practical
from Austin, Texas
I like this folio because it is very practical and light weight. It fits into my briefcase and is easy to use.. I am finally keeping better track of my stuff and this folio makes me use my time efficiently. I am not constantly "hunting" for the paper with the important information on it., I recommend it .
I was excited when this arrived, only to have my excitement dampened when I opened the box. I was immediately hit with the strong smell of mildew, which permeated the box and folio. I wanted to return but read that if monogrammed it could not be returned. So it now sits in a bag with baking soda hoping to salvage my expensive but useless product.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Updated response:Thank you for taking the time to review our Bomber Jacket Circa Zip Folio. We apologize that it was not what you expected. It’s important to us that our customers are satisfied with every purchase. We’ve communicated this issue to our quality control and merchant teams and our current inventory has been reexamined for this quality issue. Quality and customer satisfaction are of paramount importance to us and a personal email will follow to discuss a resolution. We will re-inspect your replacement item before shipping. We encourage you to contact us directly at 1-800-545 -0242. We’ll do whatever it takes to make it right!
Love this Bomber Jacket Circa Zip Folio!
Finally got it together--all of my work items in one place, and nothing slips out since it's all zipped up!The quality of the leather is butter soft and it has a gorgeous, rich color. The lining is stylish and presents clean, fun interior. Hoping the zippers might stretch a bit so my notebook pages don't catch at the binder point, but that is the only downside I have found.May have to investigate a Bomber Jacket bag soon!
Very nice leather and great looking with the monogrammed initials. Was a birthday present for son who flies a lot and although he loved it, it was too heavy and bulky for his computer bag. So be careful about that---it is not streamlined!
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