why this product

The leather binding of this notebook, called "Havana" and meant to evoke the shade of Cuban cigar papers, is a rare, resilient material. It is tanned with water, not chemically produced chrome, in a century old tannery in the L’Aveyron region of France to create the roughest, toughest leather. The durable leather cover will protect your most precious sketches, journal entries and jottings from rain, spilled coffee or other unexpected perpetrator.

The interior pages are perforated, 100% undyed kraft paper, made from the pulp of virgin fibers of maritime pine. “Virgin" fibers means it comes from fresh sources instead of recycled waste paper, and will harmlessly disintegrate back into the earth once discarded. The cover and pages are held together with lightweight rivets, which make for an easy refill process.

use & care

As you fill the notebook with your written or sketched ideas and thoughts, it's recommended to tear used pages out and file them away. With fewer pages, the binding bends back easier. To refill, use a flathead screwdriver (or your fingers) to unscrew the binding. Remove the used pages, file them or recycle them, and refill the notebook with fresh pages. 

production & design

Since 1930, Le Compagnie Du Kraft, has produced notebooks to withstand the test of time, weather and vigorous use. In an increasingly digital age, they proudly claim that their notebooks are not meant to be practical or handy and in fact, they call themselves “the least productive producer of notebooks in the western world.” 

The environmental effects, or lack of effects as the case may be, however, are very productive for the future wellbeing of our livelihood on this planet. The paper in Le Kraft's notebooks is exclusively manufactured from the maritime pinelands of Gascogne, which grow 15,000 hectares per year. The growth is due to the resourceful, cyclical process Le Kraft preaches, which requires that every scrap, from by-products of maintenance (branches, tops of trees, and wood thinnings) to wood processes (sawmill wastes) be used.

Kraft paper is 100% biodegradable, and can be fully assimilated into its original natural environment once broken down, since the pulp is made from the long virgin fibres of maritime pine and is not bleached.

When Le Kraft does sell bleached paper (which we sell as a refill), it's been ozone bleached, a process that uses the natural substance ozone, requiring no chemicals for the scouring and bleaching process. Ozone bleaching also cuts CO2 emissions in half compared to conventional bleaching. All this consideration from Le Kraft means that you can scratch, scrawl and crumple up as many mistakes as you want, without concern, until you achieve your perfect draft.  

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Refillable Brown Leather Notebook (Large)

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Refillable leather notebook with perforated and lined undyed kraft paper. Leather cover in a limited run “Havana” color. Also available in small and medium sizes. Refill available for brown lined kraft paper. 

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    12 inches x 9 inches
    (30.5 cm x 22.5 cm)

    100% pure virgin fiber natural kraft paper 
    lightweight metal screws 
    Saint-Etienne rayon elastic strap with natural rubber core 
    Cuba Libre Leather, French origins
    Paper count: 90 sheets

    MADE IN 
    Paris, France
    Refills available in brown lined kraft, or white unlined kraft

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  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000282484

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