Filofax

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Filofax UK
TypePersonal organisers
Founded1921
HeadquartersDalkeith, Scotland
ParentLetts Filofax Group Ltd
Websitefilofax.com

Filofax is a company based in the UK that produces a range of personal organiser wallets. The organisers are traditionally leather bound and have a six-ring loose-leaf binder system. The design originated at Lefax, a United States company from Philadelphia which was exporting products to the UK. The company also markets a range of personal leather goods and luggage under the "Filofax" brand.

Products[edit]

Example of a Filofax organiser

The name originates from an abbreviation of the phrase "file of facts". This name for the product was first coined when the UK company was founded in 1921. The popularity of the Filofax personal organiser grew enormously during the early 1980s due to its association with Yuppie culture, where it was regarded as a "must-have" accessory, in the days before electronic organisers.

A range of insert page formats are sold including calendars, notesheets, password lists and a thin calculator.[1]

Devotees of the Filofax products include Lord Lichfield, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen,[2] and Len Deighton.

Company[edit]

The company was known as Norman & Hill until the mid-1980s, when it renamed itself after its most popular product. For much of its life it was based in South Woodford, East London. In the early 1980s, it moved to Barkingside, Essex. It was bought by David Collischon. In the early 1990s it moved its offices back to London and subcontracted its warehouse operation to Crick in Northamptonshire. The company was acquired by Day Runner, Inc. in 1998. In 2001, Day Runner, Inc. sold Filofax.[3]

Filofax is part of the UK-based Letts Group. In 2006, Phoenix Equity Partners led a secondary buy out of the business. The deal provided an exit for private equity firm Dunedin Capital Partners. In 2012, the company was acquired by HSGP Investments.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Filofax-B134011-Personal-Calculator/dp/B001N356U2
  2. ^ Times, Steve Lohr, Special To The New York (1987-04-08). "ORGANIZING PAYS OFF AT FILOFAX". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  3. ^ "History of Day Runner, Inc. – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  4. ^ https://filofax.com/about

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