Moleskine cover review

I'd like to post a review and photos of the leather Moleskine cover made by Gfeller Casemakers. http://www.gfellercasemakers.com/ Gfeller primarily makes leather goods for geologists and scientists who need to carry tools on their person. It is my understanding that these are carried over many many years of hard use. Most of the leather they work with tends to be very light when new, and ages with a wonderful patina. They have a pantone guide on their site that indicates how the leather changes color over time. My cover has already changed in color.

I first saw this cover on a blog written by Paul Saffo. http://www.saffo.com/journal/entry.php?id=721 He had the prototype which is slightly different than the one I purchased. I had several email exchanges with the owner of Gfeller, Steve Derricott. He was really nice, and very prompt in responding to my questions.

After speaking with Steve, I placed my order. It arrived via priority mail in a flat envelope. When I opened the package I was amazed at how flat the cover was. The leather was light in color, waiting for age and use, and very soft. It begs to be touched. The inside flaps are sewn part way to allow access to the back pocket. The craftsmanship was wonderful. Each cover is numbered individually, and stamped with the Gfeller trademark.

The cover itself seems very much in keeping with the style of Moleskines themselves. It is slim and understated. This cover offers wonderful details, such as access to the back pocket AND the elastic strap. Even before it is "broken in", it still allows the notebook to lie perfectly flat. I really like it. I am actually more faithful to journaling and writing notes in it because the cover and notebook are such a joy to use.

You can see photos of it on my flickr account.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16085142@N00/2238249368/
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I am not affiliated with Gfeller Casemakers or Steve Derricott, I just love pens, notebooks, etc.

Kind Regards,
April

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April - thanks for this write up as I had never heard of this company before. The Moleskine cover looks beautiful! Can you share the cost as I cannot seem to find it on the web site?

Thanks again!
nay nay

I hadn't heard of them

I hadn't heard of them either. In June I think, I googled leather moleskine cover, and came across this blog:
http://www.saffo.com/journal/entry.php?id=721&pg=1 He also talked about it here:
http://www.saffo.com/journal/entry.php?id=772&pg= One thing he mentioned was that "no one else was making leather covers." I do know that Renaissance-Art also makes leather covers. I haven't been able to see those in person, but from photos, and reviews they also look very nice. The price on the Gfeller cover is $39.95 plus shipping. It ended up being around $43 I think.

Let me know if you have any other questions...no affil.
April

Very happy with the Ren-Art Moleskine cover

"Renaissance-Art also makes leather covers. I haven't been able to see those in person, but from photos"...

I recently purchased the plain, small Moleskine cover from Renaissance-Art and a custom book cover as gifts. Both were monogrammed. The Moleskine cover cost only $20 + shipping & cost of mono. (The larger cover is $30 + sh on their site.) Both items, with customization, shipped the same day & were in MI within 2 days. They are beautiful & beg to be touched. FYI R-A's color starts out much darker than the Gfeller seems to be, with a lot of visual "texture" or shading. The photos on the site do NOT do the product justice. They look a bit more "rustic" on the site than they look in person.

Cristine

Gfeller cover

Just got my cover today from gfeller and love it. As April mentions, it comes flat in the envelope, and once installed it conforms nicely to the moleskine.

Very nice

I read about that company

I read about that company when the prototype came out, but this new version looks AWESOME. I would like a cover for my moleskine, but I really have come to love that back pocket - which was a surprise to me, because I didn't really think I'd use it when I bought it. This cover is designed so brilliantly. Can you specify a darker leather to start off with?

ETA: Ah, nevermind, I read up about the leather on their site. On second thought, I think I like the idea of getting the kip and watching the color change.

I still want one of Arthur's pouches though. I think I have some kind of moleskine/leather case sickness.

Gfeller cover

The funny thing about the flaps is that I didn't really pay much attention to it at first. In talking to Paul Saffo (owner of prototype), he mentioned that the new flaps are great because they go almost all the way to the spine, thus eliminating any "ridge" of leather that would be felt in writing. The new cover has features that I don't even recognize because it is so seamless. At this point, I refer to the Moleskine as a "refill" because the joy to me is in the cover, rather than the other way around. It is kind of funny that I started out wanting a cover to protect the Moleskine, and now the cover is the prize itself. Paul Saffo mentioned that the darker colors are dyed, so they may scratch and not have the "self healing" properties that the Kip has. Personally, I like the idea of the cover aging over time, kind of like becoming an old friend.

I'm with you. I would like one of Arthur's pieces too. Personally, I'm excited about the circa options that will be coming. I think you are not alone in your moleskine/leather sickness...I hope there isn't a vaccine:)

April

issues with Gfeller?

Do you find that the moleskin cover grip the moleskin really tight? I have found with my cover (I only got it a couple of days ago) that it grips so tight that when I open it, it doesn't lay flat as the flaps hold the moleskin so tightly. in fact, when I tried to push it down to lay flat, my moleskin ripped apart instead of pulling out of the flap!

thought to see if you had this problem as well? I'm thinking I'm going to try to stretch it out a little bit so that it doesn't grip the moleskin so much.

Oh man, it sucks that your

Oh man, it sucks that your moleskin ripped! I would be ticked. I would imagine the leather would soften up and stretch a bit with time. Has anyone else had this problem?