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The Ostrich Print Collection

14 october 2019
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The Ostrich Print Collection is something we've been working on for a long time, and that unfortunately didn't go as planned.

Hundreds of planners in 6 amazing colours, in 11 models, turned out not able to pass our thorough quality control. The leather batch used for these items, is faulty: we see colour spots, light cracking, peeling of a topcoat, and several other things that caused us to reject this entire batch. This is explained in the video below, please watch is from beginning to end.

We thought long and hard about what to do with this collection. We have spent an enormous amount of money and manhours on this, hundreds of hides of leather, and we cannot sell them as planned. In the history of Gillio, this is without a doubt the worst thing that has ever happened. Our small family business does not have the financial capacities to easily bounce back from a loss such as this one, and frankly we were at our wit's end. We talked, discussed, fought, screamed, cried and then talked again. Our entire team has been involved in this matter for weeks on end.

We decided that after considering all the options, and talking to our FB admins and doing the live to get feedback from you guys, that we ARE going to launch this collection, but only for those that know that these flaws will not be a dealbreaker for them in the long run. If you want a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, incredibly soft, luxurious, stunning, yet sub-par and not perfect planner, you'll find it in this collection. We have decided to sell them at -40% discount, so we break even on our production and leather costs and still offer this failed collection to those that want one and don't mind a few extra wrinkles, spots or cracks.

We can't stress this enough: if you know that flaws are not for you and that you'll never love the planner if it isn't perfect: PLEASE DON'T BUY ONEWe don't want to disappoint anyone.

Here are some pictures of the things we encountered during our checks:





These are not all the flaws we encountered, but give you a good idea of hat to expect. There might be other things that you'll notice, and if not now, they might occur in weeks or months of use.

The collection will be online on Tuesday, October 15th 2019 at 2PM CEST in these 6 colours:

  • MISS PIGGY, pink printed ostrich
  • KERMIT, green printed ostrich
  • GONZO, purple printed ostrich
  • COOKIE MONSTER, blue printed ostrich
  • FOZZIE, oker printed ostrich
  • ROWLF, brown printed ostrich

They will be available in these models:

- you will be asked to accept them when purchasing an item on Tuesday -

When purchasing an item from the Ostrich Print Collection, you accept the following terms and conditions:
- You receive -40% discount on each item
- You can't request pictures up front
- You can choose your ring and pen colour as usual
- You can send the planner back within 14 days of receiving it, as per our return policy, at your own expense
- You accept that defects may occur on the leather of the planner: defects such as described in this article, or other defects not yet discovered. The defects may occur on the planner already, or manifest in the future.
- You accept that these defects do NOT entitle you to claim a warranty return, refund or exchange.
- These items are exceptionally NOT covered by Gillio's lifetime warranty.
- When / if selling these items on in the future, if you choose to do so, you will disclose these flaws and link to the blog article about this exceptional situation, as to not sell any of these items as 'regular' Gillio items.

Special thanks to our FB admins Steve, Christina and Susan for testing the planners and helping us make good decisions!

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