What’s the one thing that you always take on your travels? For me, that’s a small notebook or a notepad to jot down my travel adventures while I’m away. Then when I get back home I transfer those notes into entries in my travel diary. Well, at least that’s what I did before I started blogging. Now, I just blog about my travels but I still carry my travel notepad so I don’t forget the most important sights and sounds of a place I’m visiting. After all, I’m an old-fashioned
girl woman at heart. Of course, the really essential item for your travels is your passport. Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could keep your passport and your travel notebook in one place? Perhaps you could even put your phone in the same stylish leather cover? I love handmade leather goods so I was delighted when Galen Leather got in touch with me for a review of one of their products.
Galen Leather is a company that specializes in handmade leather travel goods. They make leather notebook covers, pen cases, passport wallets, stationery, luggage tags, iPad portfolios and many other items. Galen Leather is a family run business based in Turkey. To read more about their beginnings click here.
I chose Handmade Leather Moleskine Journal Notebook Cover in red colour for the purpose of this review. It arrived beautifully packaged in a brown gift/storage box. As a surprise together with my red notebook cover there were a few extra items. I received a small evil eye talisman (Turkish lucky charm ), red leather keychain, a small package of Turkish coffee and a Turkish tea bag. How nice! There was also a note about the company and a 10% discount coupon.
I’m a fan of Moleskine journals but at the moment I don’t have any. I chose Leather Pocket Moleskine Journal Cover because of its size and convenience. You can put it in your handbag or your coat even, not just your suitcase. These notebook covers come in different sizes and different colours. You can even choose to personalize your notebook cover and get your monogram or your logo on it for an extra charge.
Handmade Leather Pocket Moleskine Journal Cover is made of 100% vegetable tanned cow leather and it is hand stitched. When you order your product you have to wait for it to be made and shipped to you address. I’ve waited for a couple of weeks for my leather pocket Moleskine journal cover and it arrived a couple of days before Christmas. Perfect timing!
The red colour of my handmade leather notebook cover is a deep red colour. There’s still that fine distinctive leather scent. The leather is soft to touch but it seems to be sturdy. The craftsmanship is beautiful. To be honest, the only thing I’m not crazy about is the black elastic band that closes (keeps together) the cover. I don’t think it’s pretty enough for the fine leather. However, it definitely seems that Galen Leather notebook covers are made to last. Perhaps even passed down from one family member to another? For a handmade leather product the pricing is quite reasonable. This leather pocket Moleskine journal cover that I got costs $51.00 USD.
So what can you fit in your leather pocket Moleskine journal notebook cover? Obviously, your Moleskine Classic pocket-size notebook. You can also put your mobile phone there (dependent on your device size), your passport, a pen or a pencil and even a credit card or some cash. How do I use my leather notebook cover? At the moment you can find there these items: my passport, my phone, my credit card, a pen and my London notepad. So, you see even some other small notebooks or notepads can fit your leather pocket Moleskine journal cover.
I’m very pleased with my handmade leather notebook cover and I can’t wait to take it with me on my future travels. I’d like to thank Zeynep from Galen Leather for gifting me this beautiful and timeless leather pocket Moleskine journal notebook cover.
Disclaimer: I received the Handmade Leather Pocket Moleskine Journal Notebook Cover by Galen Leather free of charge in return for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.