Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review: Sula Jane and Earl Single Pen Sleeve - Carnation Pink

This lovely carnation pink pen sleeve is from Sula Jane and Earl. Most pen addicts need some way to protect their precious pens as they are toted around in their bags. This one is a great contender for that position. 

ABOUT

Size: 6.5" x 1.75"
Color: Carnation Pink
Price: $24.00USD
Where to buy: Sula Jane and Earl

APPEARANCE
Sula Jane and Earl Single Pen Sleeve - Carnation
The Sula Jane and Earl single pen sleeve is a slim, soft, cute little pen sleeve. When empty, it lies flat. The edges are stitched with thread that is color-matched to the leather. It has a cute shape - somewhat edgy on the bottom and a rounded top. The SJ&E logo is debossed on both sides. The leather has a lovely pebbled/grainy appearance to it.
Sula Jane and Earl Single Pen Sleeve - Carnation
PERFORMANCE & FEEL

The pen sleeve is made of soft leather and has a little bit of texture to it; it's quite nice to hold and feel. Even though it is soft and floppy when empty, it is easy to slip a pen into the pen sleeve and once the pen is in it, it holds its form nicely. The soft unfinished leather inside won't scratch pen surfaces.

A "normal" sized pen stays in the sleeve quite snugly and does not fall or slip out. A short pen like a Kaweco ICE Sport is a pain to get into this because it's short and to get it out, I have to push it out like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube. It works but it's not very efficient. Therefore, a full-sized pen is better.
Sula Jane and Earl Single Pen Sleeve - Carnation
Slim but heavy pens can slide out of the sleeve if wiggled around a little, although I'm not sure how realistic a scenario that is. It could happen though. For example, a Lamy Safari-sized pen fits snugly though, and does not slide. If you're worried about whether your pen will fit, you don't have enough pens. If you acquire a pen sleeve and your pen does not fit, either get a pen that fits or send your pen sleeve to me. Easy peasy.

I now keep this pen sleeve in my purse - it's low profile and is not bulky at all. It does a great job of protecting my pen of carrying choice (which varies) from scratches, scuffs, and bumps.

PROS
  • Hand-cut, drawn, and sewn
  • Made in the USA.
  • Easy to clean with mild soap and water. 
  • Many colors to choose from!
Sula Jane and Earl Single Pen Sleeve - Carnation
CONS  
  • Too big for short or very thin pens. Get a shorty pen sleeve for that.
  • An option for a fold over top or button top would be convenient (but perhaps not feasible).
OVERALL 

If you can actually pick just one pen to keep with you, then you should certainly pick up a Sula Jane and Earl single pen sleeve! If you can't pick a color, well, then you should get several because there are just so many gorgeous colors to choose from! Great quality, functional and practical, and super cute. How could I not recommend these??

This sweet pen sleeve was sent for review by Sula Jane and Earl. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced in any way. Except by the awesome product.

11 comments:

mjcong said...

that is awesome. you make my budget hurt..

Azizah Asgarali said...

THE COLORS. My eyes are bleeding rainbows still.

Mina said...

I like their big color selection but I probably won't spend 24 on a single pouch for a single pen...When I can get a 4-slot leather pen roll for 25.

Azizah Asgarali said...

That makes sense. Although sometimes you don't want four pens with you :) Or if you are gifting someone, it's nice because they may only want to carry one pen with them. It's just an option :) But don't forget - they are handmade!

Mike Grove said...

Ooh, I like that. I got a similar kind of slip-case with a Yard-O-Led pocket pen I bought ages ago and always wished I could find something similar for my other pens...and now I have! Thanks, Azizah :-)

Estivalia said...

I love this! Sometimes I don't carry a purse big enough for my 4-pen leather case, so this would be the perfect solution.


If only I could decide WHICH color to get. Sigh.

Mike Grove said...

And...I've just ordered a pen wrap...and two slip cases (one short and one long) - can't wait to get 'em!

Azizah Asgarali said...

Ooooh most important question: what colors?? Will you post pics of them? :)

Mike Grove said...

Ok: We have a Single Pen Sleeve in 'Cloud', a Shorty Pen Sleve in 'Scarlet', and a Pen Wrap in 'Plum' (which rhymes, appropriately, with 'Yum').


I don't know what pens will go where yet, but I'm hoping the Bexley Jitterbugs will not disappear completely in the Pen Wrap - they are quite short - but otherwise the Visconti Opera and my three Visconti Travelling Inkwells should fill the Wrap nicely.


And, you bet I'll post some pictures - in fact, I can feel a 'Mike's (Got) Inky Fingers' blog post coming on (it's about time!). Byeee...

Azizah Asgarali said...

One of each? :D Ok.. ok maybe not...

Azizah Asgarali said...

Beautiful color choices... *drool* Your Jitterbugs would be sooo cute in the Shorty Sleeves! I look forward to said blog post :)

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