Leather 101. The leather used for these journal covers is Horween's Dublin. It is a full grain leather, aniline dyed, and purely vegetable tanned. Horween leathers are known for their pull-up, which is caused by the oils in the leather rising to the surface. This causes a lighter undertone colour to show through. Dublin also features a hard wax that will crackle over time, resulting in a beautifully aged patine and distressed look. See Mitchell Leather for more information on this delectable leather.
Horween Italian Brown Dublin Leather with Brown Stitch
The Standard Journal Cover is slightly larger than a Field Notes pocket notebook, and when empty, is quite thin. The leather is firm with just a little flexibility. The front cover has the classy Mitchell Leather logo stamped on it. The brown stitching goes all around the edge and complements the rich, deep brown leather well. The edges are rounded. When lying open and face down, the spine is lighter than the rest of the leather. This is a darker leather that shows a little less character than its lighter counterpart, the English tan Dublin. Inside, there are two straight and clean flaps covering most of each side, stitched neatly into place. It is simple, elegant, and tidy.
The price of the Standard Journal Cover is $89.00USD, available in four leather colours, with or without a logo.
Horween (Chestnut) English Tan Dublin with Brown Stitch
Deluxe Journal/Passport Cover is $119.00USD, available in four leather colours, with or without a logo.
Do you travel? This is the perfect travel companion - it can tote your passport safely, and you can tuck along a few credit/debit cards, some cash, and a Field Notes notebook as well. Like its companion, it is also a firm cover, providing a hard enough writing surface so you don't need something else to write on.
Standard Cover: Horween Italian Brown Dublin Leather with Brown Stitch
Deluxe Cover: Horween (Chestnut) English Tan Dublin with Brown Stitch
There are marks next to the stitches left from the machine. They are very lightly worn into the leather in a way that gives it some character. It makes the journal covers look very new, like the owner hasn't broken it in yet. Which is true, in fact; when I first received them, I hadn't yet broken them in! As I stuck them in my bags and pulled them out repeatedly, they eventually got little scuffs and nicks on them, slowly blending the stitch marks into the leather. I don't dislike them. I am just pointing them out in case someone else doesn't like them.
If I were to pick, I would select a lighter leather, such as the (Chestnut) English Tan leather, or even more daringly, the gorgeous creamy cognac - even lighter, and likely with even more character. I can only imagine how it would develop a patina over time and how much more gorgeous it would become. Stunning. Darker leather will change less and perhaps that is something you're looking for, but for me, the creamy colours of the lighter leathers appeal to me and I love them.
For a size comparison, the Midori Traveler's Notebook STAR Edition is smaller than either the Standard or Deluxe Mitchell Leather covers because they are pocket notebook covers.
Midori Traveler's Notebook STAR Edition, which has only developed a small amount of patina, so it is still close to its original colour.
I think these are gorgeous journal covers. If I were to pick: I would select the deluxe cover in a light leather with a lot of character. Do I think it's worth the additional cost over something like the Midori Traveler's Notebook? Absolutely. Do they serve different purposes? It depends what you would use your Midori for, but since I don't use mine as a planner, this is easy for me. Yes. The leather is far superior and way nicer. It's gorgeous. I don't want an elastic to close it, I don't want trinkets or charms to change it. I think it's stunning and full of character as it is. These are wonderful, well-made journal covers, especially for we crazy Field Notes fans. Great gifts for yourself, for others, or for those Field Notes-obsessed people in your life who already have a Field Notes subscription and you don't know what to get them.
The four colours available in the Mitchell Leather shop are gorgeous: cognac, chestnut, Italian brown, and black. The nice thing about companies like this is you can always contact the makers directly to discuss something you may be interested in. I think I need this in cognac. ... Or maybe I should just skip the cover and go straight for a bag.
I received these leather covers free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.