I’m no ludite but there is something far more personal about using a notebook to write, sketch and dream. Years ago I was given journal very similar to the one pictured above and I don’t use it near enough. This one in particular is made of rugged dark brown leather with a slightly glossy finish wrapped around 200 pages of acid free cream 100% cotton rag paper. This leather is worn and wrinkled and rumpled like your favorite old travel bag. The pages are sewn into the spine with deep espresso waxed thread. Very affordable and a unique item (she makes others).
Handmade Leather Journal
I don’t know the maker of the notebook above so the thoughts below don’t pertain specifically to her, I just think she makes great product worth sharing.
Recently there has been some controversy, generated largely from PR agency opportunists and others who profit from such, over the working conditions at Apple suppliers overseas. The technology supply chain is immensely complex and will never leave it’s current base in the same form. If you want to support your community, local craftsman, businesses and small scale manufacturing, the best way to do so is not complaining about the lifestyle of a people you know nothing about, but by using your purchasing power to buy beautiful objects like the one above. There is something special about buying product from someone with a name, someone who cares not just about the quality of the product, but about their relationship with their customer. The Apples of the world create amazing product that transform our lives but they can never give us the personal attention that a small business can. It’s rewarding to purchase a unique item of quality created by someone you can name.