The Legendary Notebook
It all started many years ago, with a pocket-sized black object, the product of a great tradition. The Moleskine notebook is, in fact, the heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin.
A simple black rectangle with rounded corners, an elastic page-holder, and an internal expandable pocket: a nameless object with a spare perfection all its own, produced for over a century by a small bookbinder that supplied the stationery shops of Paris, where the artistic and literary avant-gardes of the world browsed and bought them. A trusted and handy travel companion, the notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books.
In in 1997, the brand was revived by a Milan publisher who selected this historical name. Today, Moleskine notebooks have resumed their travels, and have become a creative movement that attracts communities of followers.
“Moleskine is unofficially pronounced mol-a-skeen-a, although it can vary.” I have several different sizes of Moleskine sketchbooks but my favorite is a small 3″x5″ that I keep in my purse…..it is with me at all times!