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I’m dressed in a delicious piece of dark brown reclaimed leather which has a distressed marbled appearance. Creases, crumples and random age marks adorn my coat completing my unique character.

Embellished on my cover, you’ll find a little rustic vintage key measuring 1 ¾ inches long – a memento of the thought & dream labyrinth that infinitely exists in your mind. Peel back my raw-edged cover flap and discover a vintage leather button stitched into my coat, along with the letters "NY" which have been hand embossed into my coat - as a precursor for what’s to come.

Open me up, and discover I begin & end with decorative paper made in Italy featuring an old photograph of New York’s first skyscraper, the Flatiron Building. Adorned with vintage stamps and postmarks, this paper has been hand aged to fit my overall persona.

In between, I am filled with 140 sheets (280 pages counting both sides) of hand-torn 200gsm Toscana watercolor paper made in Germany by Hahnemühle.

Toscana is a mould made natural white, acid-free & age resistant paper which has a rough texture on one side & smooth on the other. Each piece has been richly tea-stained (using an archival process) for an aged effect. This has produced spontaneous results and unique patterns so no two pages are the same.

Each of my olde worldly pages have been individually hand-torn, tea-stained & pressed, before being stitched directly into my coat with dark brown linen thread. This variation of long stitch binding allows me to lay completely flat when in use.

When not in use, I’ll protect your creations with my long leather wrap tie which secures on my back with a delightful vintage tangerine mottled bead. A truly rustic journal with a well worn vintage appearance, I also make a fine shelf ornament.

Measuring 6 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches with a hefty 2 ¼ inch-thick spine, I’m the perfect journal for the New York fan, city dweller, flâneur and prolific writer.

**Double click on each image to bring up a more detailed inspection of me***

The New York Book - Distressed Brown Marbled Leather Journal / Sketchbook with Tea-Stained Watercolor Paper & Vintage Key


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: reclaimed leather, love, light, toscana watercolor paper, decorative paper, vintage key, tea, irish linen thread
  • Ships worldwide from New Zealand
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