October 15, 2012
Up till when I finished high school I never had a chance to explore my personal style. The hours of my days were spent either at school where the uniforms were strictly enforced down to the colour of the ribbons the girls wore in their hair (black or blue, no patterns) or spent at home teaching myself how to draw, dressed simply in oversized tees & baggy shorts that allowed me to move freely as I copied page after page of my favourite mangas. What need would a morbidly introverted, gauche teenager interested only in books & art have for fashion, the latest high-street trends, or makeup? That’s not to say I didn’t indulge myself in anyway, no, I did. With stationery. While girls my age were getting their bellies pierced in malls and shopping for low-rise jeans I was expressing my personal style by colour-coordinating the contents of my pencil case. Everything from the erasers to my pens to the post-it notes to my sickly plastic-scented folders were the exact shade of baby blue. Nerd alert! And I don’t mean it in a ‘fishing for compliments’ way like how some girls put on a pair of lensless glasses, camwhore, and #geek. I mean it in a “I sourced a 0.05mm COPIC drawing pen from Japan, yeah that’s right, what are you gonna do about it?” way.

I’m now a little older, marginally less socially-awkward, and slightly better-dressed. But I’ll still always have a strange little hard-on for stationery that’s more stylish than I am.

Enter Delfonic’s “Quitterie C’est Mon Trésor” vinyl clutch.

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What is it about Japanese design that makes makes other stationery seem superfluous and almost vulgar?! Nobody does minimalism better than the Japanese.

“Precise, refined, elegant. Delfonics stationery is considered to be one of Japan’s most respected stationers. Like many aspects of Japanese culture, Delfonics products show an unparalleled attention to detail, with seemingly small features that combine to make a distinguished object that realises maximum functionality and is pure in its effectiveness.”

I can’t decide which I love better, using it as a clutch, pared down to the bare essentials…


…or as an actual pencil case and to hold my sketchbook?

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Either way it’s stunning in it’s simplicity. The texture of the vinyl is so refined and so soft to the touch that it holds it’s own even in the presence of real leather…!


The challenge of good design is to take away as much as possible, whittle it away to the bare minimum, and yet retain maximum functionality. Like the iPhone. Keep it simple, stupid.

I’m more than happy to let my Delfonics clutch do all the talking. Here come my all-black, completely-interchangeable-and-indistinguishable clothes again. I’ve no need to bother with my dress sense now that I’ve found the stationery slash style statement of my dreams.

C’est Mon Trésor’-—This is my treasure—-indeed.


1 comment:

  1. I love the Delfonics clutch, but when I visited the Delfonics web page, they were written in Japanese. How were you able to get one yourself? And could you please tell me the size details of the clutch in inches, just the length and width. Thanks. I also saw one from Urban Outfitters but when I checked the size, I felt it seemed too small for me, compared to what you have in the pictures, they looked just the size I wanted, so I just wanted to know if yours is the same with theirs.