We don’t know about you, but we never make it through a work meeting or class without taking pages and pages of notes. And whether you’re sitting at a new work-from-home desk or scribbling in a coffee shop, spiral notebooks just don’t have the feel and heft of a bound leather journal.
That’s why we’re loving leather notebooks right now. Practical and dapper as all hell, the best leather notebooks make you feel like a real writer, even if you’re just jotting down a grocery list or meeting notes. Switching from the average 50-cent spiral notebook you’ve been rebuying since grade school to a more luxe, adult notebook is a feeling we can’t explain. There’s just something about using a leather notebook that makes us feel like we have our lives together, even if we don’t. Plus, because leather is such a durable material, leather notebooks tend to last longer than traditional notebooks.
For all these reasons, we think everyone needs a leather notebook at the ready. From quickly writing down ideas for Zoom meetings to doodling on the subway or writing poems in the park, here are the best leather notebooks (and vegan leather notebooks) for all your writing needs.
1. Beechmore Ruled Notebook
You’ll notice a difference in this notebook from any you’ve ever own previously with just a few page flips. That’s because this leather notebook contains thick paper that’s completely resistant to any ink bleeding that you’ve experienced with notebooks in the past. This hardcover beauty is also made from vegan leather built to last a lifetime, and rigorously bound to never fall apart. Though it’s available in a number of good-looking colors, we think you can never go wrong with this classic brown.
Beechmore Ruled Notebook
2. Lemome Thick Classic Notebook
It’s always a good idea to consider Amazon’s Choice for a product. In this case, Amazon nailed the leather notebook category with the Lemome Thick Classic Notebook. Though the leather is faux, the quality of the notebook is real. It’s sturdy, packed to the brim with thick, wide-ruled paper, and can hold a pen, business cards and other small notes. For its price and value, you can’t do much better than the Lemome leather notebook.
Lemome Thick Classic Notebook
3. Bedsure Leather Journal Notebook
Look as handsome as it gets with this vintage-inspired leather journal notebook ready for just about anything you put it through. Aesthetically speaking, this notebook looks like it was stolen directly from an antique shop and is filled with diary entries from the 1800s, but we promise it’s brand new. The leather is really soft to the touch and it’s super easy to take care of because all light scratches will easily wipe off. It has 200 pages of heavy-stock kraft paper, thick enough so pen ink will not soak through to the other side.
Bedsure Leather Journal Notebook
4. Le Vent Refillable Leather Journal
BEST REFILLABLE LEATHER NOTEBOOK
We’ve given you some great options for leather notebooks, but what if you already have a favorite notebook and just want to cover it in a nice leather case? That’s what the Le Vent Refillable Leather Journal can do. Though it ships with two compatible notebooks, any 5×8 or A5 notebook will do. Because if you have to stop using your leather notebook once the actual notebook part is full, what’s the point of having it?
Le Vent Refillable Leather Journal
5. RETTACY Dotted Bullet Grid Journal
Two for the price of one is a deal we can always get behind. These two high-quality polyurethane-leather notebooks have dotted-paper sheets great for artists and doodlers. These hardcover journals aren’t as flimsy as any regular paper-covered notebook you’re used to. Each comes with a pen loop and stretchy elastic closure to keep all interior contents safe.
RETTACY Dotted Bullet Grid Journal
6. Papier Pressed Flowers Notebook
Looking for a bouquet you don’t have to water? Well, here’s one, sorta. This pressed flower leather notebook has a uniquely timeless and eyecatching hard cover. Made from upcycled leather, this is a better environmental option than other natural or PU leather covers. Available in various colors and numerous foil flower shines, this is a great way for taking notes and jotting ideas while grabbing admiring looks.
Papier Pressed Flowers Notebook
7. Daniel’s Artplanet Leather Notebook
BEST PERSONALIZED LEATHER NOTEBOOK
The gift of real leather is its durability and ability to age and patina, slowly becoming more personal over time and unique to your life and adventures. When you can add actual personalization to the leather, all the better. That’s exactly what makes this Personalized Leather Notebook from DanielsArtplanet on Etsy so great. For a few extra bucks, you can one to three initials on the front cover to truly make this leather notebook your own. Get it with A5 or A6 pages, lined or unlined, as you prefer.
Personalized Leather Notebook
8. Papier Le Moderne Notebook
Okay, it’s true that all leather notebooks are handsome, but we’re really swooning over the Le Moderne notebook from Papier. This upcycled leather beauty has that true timeless look you’d expect from a dictionary or thesaurus. There are 96 pages in this bad boy so we definitely suggest using these for a journal rather than a notebook, but hey, it’s your choice. You can even have your initials engraved right on the front cover. How cool is that?
Papier Le Moderne Notebook
9. Perfectly Penned Lined Notebook
BEST VEGAN LEATHER
Though this is our third vegan leather option on the list, we have a bit of a soft spot for this all-black option from Perfectly Penned. Whether you’re taking notes or letting your creativity take over in the form of writing, this is a great notebook for filling up regardless of what you’re putting on paper. Unlike lots of leather notebooks, this one has a full 180-degree opening spine to lay perfectly flat for easier writing. It’s crafted to stand the test of time and even has class-A acid-free pages to keep the environmentally-friendly theme.
Perfectly Penned Lined Notebook
10. AI-Natebok Travel Journal Notebook
A refillable notebook priced at under $10? Uh, yeah, please. This vintage-inspired travel notebook is made from faux leather to create an antique-looking, soft facade that will never go out of style. There are three card slots on the inside for easy ID- and credit-card holding when taking notes on the go, and as mentioned, it’s ready for a refill when the pageds are all filled up. You’ll never have to buy a new journal again!
AI-Natebok Travel Journal Notebook
11. ForestNine Pocket Mini Leather Notebook
BEST POCKET LEATHER NOTEBOOK
Though we’re confident you’ll be able to travel around easily enough with many of these leather notebook options, the job gets a lot easier with an actual pocket-sized notebook like the Pocket Mini Leather Notebook from ForestNine on Etsy. This little notebook, sized for 3.5×5-inch paper, will easily tuck into a back pocket or outer bag pocket without getting all bent out of shape. Never again will you be out and about just wishing you had a notebook for a quick sketch or idea. Plus, if you’re OK with spending a little more, you can personalize this leather notebook with up to 10 characters.
Pocket Mini Leather Notebook
12. Rustic Town Leather Journal
Maybe your leather notebook needs to surpass notetaking and doodling. Maybe instead you need to track your favorite spells and potion ingredients. You do you, we don’t judge! If that’s the case, snag yourself a leather journal aesthetically on-point enough for all your mythical desires. This leather notebook comes with a buckle closure and a semi-precious stone stuck in the middle of the cover, and holds 200 pages of cotton, unlined paper for all your writing needs.
Rustic Town Leather Journal
13. Papier Dachshund Notebook
BEST FOR DOG LOVERS
This is our third leather notebook here from Papier, so it should be clear at this point that we’re huge fans. This leather notebook is an ode to your favorite wiener dog, the Dachshund. Covered in sleeping, standing and sitting wiener boys in gold, silver or rose gold, this is a great way to get dog lovers writing. The leather is completely upcycled which is totally better for the environment. Colors range from greens to apricots.
Papier Dachshund Notebook
14. Mark & Graham Italian Leather Journal
Mark & Graham is in the business of making fancy, personalized keepsakes and they didn’t let us down with their Italian Leather Journal.
Made from high-quality Italian leather, this leather notebook will stand the test of time and add a little class to something as simple and monotonous as taking notes. For $12, you can even add some foil debossed monogramming, adding even more of classy pop to the black or white leather notebook.
Mark & Graham Italian Leather Journal
15. Smythson The Mara Collection Panama Notebook
Take your handsome leather notebook to the next level and break the bank while doing so with the gorgeous, handcrafted Panama notebook. Inspired by the Panama Agena that was invented in 1908, this baby takes us back in time to deliver us a striking lightweight feel perfect for guys on the go. To make it even that much more exquisite, this notebook is also silk-lined and embossed in crocodile-print calf leather.
Smythson The Mara Collection Panama Notebook
16. Robrasim Leather Journal Cover
COMPATIBLE WITH MOLESKINE NOTEBOOKS
We’ve been there: You want something new but you already have an established favorite and there’s no way to reconcile their differences. If you want a leather notebook but know you’re a Moleskine fan through and through, that’s one problem you don’t have to worry about, thanks to the Robrasim Leather Journal Cover. It’s got multiple interior pockets for paper and cards but most importantly, it’s compatible with Moleskine Large Hardcover notebooks (or any large hardcover notebooks, for that matter). So get the Moleskine notebook you need and enjoy the leather notebook cover you want.