Loading... Please wait...

HERZ of Japan Leather Cover A5

Calculated at checkout

We've been looking for a reliable, quality manufacturer of "dyed" leather covers for the Seven Seas Writer and Standard notebooks, and finally found Herz of Japan, a Tokyo-based manufacturer with an astounding variety of leather goods produced by in-house artisans. Herz agreed to custom-fit these for our notebooks.

Herz is known for their high qualilty hides, complex designs (e.g. briefcases, wallets, randoseru, etc.) detailed craftsmanship and signature wide stitching. These covers, although simple, are equal in execution to the Gfeller covers that we also offer. The difference is that Gfeller utilizes only natural, undyed vegetable-tanned products, while Herz uses vegetable-tanned, aniline-dyed Italian skins. The texture ranges from "wrinkled" to smooth, with many variations in-between and even on the same cover.


Please note that these do not have the extra-long inner flap utilized in the Gfeller covers, but the minimal "Writer's Bump", if it is an issue, can be eliminated with a writing mat if necessary. The leather "weight" is comparable to that used in the Gfeller covers (about 2 oz leather). They fit the Seven Seas Writer and Seven Seas Standard notebooks perfectly, and can also be used on thinner A5 books like the Midori, Life and Apica.


Write your own product review

Product Reviews

Showing reviews 1-10 of 24 | Next

  1. Availability? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jun 2019

    Any chance to get this available again? Please)) It is simply the best..

  2. Excellent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2018

    Fits the Seven Seas A5 notebooks perfectly, looks great, and feels nice and supple in hand. I especially like it with the older notebook versions that had a more flexible cover and bookmarks attached. Overall a great addition to an already fantastic notebook.

  3. It's all that 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Aug 2018

    I have no choice but echo what has already been said about this beautiful cover. It is beautifully executed in a way that it is a pleasure to see and touch.
    It fits perfectly on the notebooks. Aesthetically, the journal it covers looks exquisitely on the desk with this on.

    However, the whole things enhances the experience of using your notebooks 100%. It invites you to spend some time in your writing. And when you lift it, you are welcomed with a very soft surface. However, the cover adds heft to the book, such that it feels as though you are carrying something important and of substance.

    Unrelated to the product, but very much worth mentioning it is the equally beautiful service provided by Nanami Paper. Everything is so well packaged that it is always a pleasure to open the goods.

  4. Herz leather Cover Is Exceptional 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Aug 2018

    I purchased this as a second cover, already having a Gfeller for one notebook. The Herz is just as beautiful and it fits both the Seven Seas and the Midori MD notebooks. Definitely recommend.

  5. Beautiful Cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jun 2018

    Ordered the HERZ cover to protect my Crossfield notebook and I could not be happier with this purchase. There are a few things I will need to get use to coming from notebooks/journals with elastic holder, one is being able to determine the front and back (so far 50/50) and two is not having a closure method e.g. tab or elastic holder. So far what has helped is using the blotting sheet as a page marker and semi hint of which side is the front but this will not work once I get towards the middle. Currently looking for someone local to engrave or hot stamp the front cover to resolve issue #1. Will order the black cover once available..

  6. Well executed case! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Mar 2018

    First of all, Nanami Paper is great! Fast shipments, etc.
    I bought both the Gfeller and the Herz cases for large A5 notebooks. I rated both 5 stars but they are a little different. The Gfeller has more of a glove fit, although they both fit perfectly. The Herz has slightly more overhang around the edges - so it's a preference thing.

    I like the finished color leather better on the Herz than the Gfeller "naked" leather. The Herz does have a slight page bump as indicated for first/last few pages of notebook because the flap doesn't extend as far over the cover of the notebook - the Gfeller has a great design in that regard.

    All in all, you can't go wrong with either. I bought both as I use them for different purposes.

  7. Well Worth Waiting For 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Feb 2018

    I wanted two years to purchase the HERZ A5 leather cover for my Seven Sease STANDARD A5 journal. I ordered the tan cover and I love it. I am even more delighted to use the book now. My plan is to have that cover always on the current book. I am completely satisfied.

  8. High Quality Cover 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2017

    I got the brown leather cover since that's all they had in stock. I would have gotten the tan if they had it, but the brown leather did not disappoint. This A5 cover is high quality and is built to last. The leather, finish, and stitching are top-notch. I expect it to outlive me, and I expect to be able to hand down to a grandkid. I do have three minor criticisms about it though. My criticisms are about the design -- not the quality. First, the cover fits very tightly requiring a bit of a struggle to get the journal inside; they could fix this by giving the sleeve pockets slightly more room length-wise. Second, it does not have bookmarks; I would like this product better if there built-in ribbon markers (or leather tabs in the sleeves similar to the tabs in the plastic cover they sell on this site). Lastly, the sleeves aren't that wide. Because the sleeves aren't wide, the pages near the front and back of the book will have a slight bump in them when you're pressing down on the pages and writing. Because of the bump, I recommend getting something solid to place under the pages (such as one of the writing mats sold on this site which I bought to go along with this cover). Since my criticisms are design-related and subjective and since the quality and construction are so good, I'm only deducting one star.

  9. Wow 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Nov 2017

    Have always used the Gfeller cover which remains outstanding. But this cover is in the same league - beautifully made and very subtle - looks great with the Seven Seas notebook. Don't know which one to use now! Only problem is I need a black coloured one now.

  10. Well Worth It! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Feb 2017

    I debated over getting a cover for my new Seven Seas Standard and ultimately decided to take the leap.

    Very, very pleased with the cover. I chose the Caramel color and have to say it is simply gorgeous! It well exceeded my expectations.

    I shall be buying another to accommodate my second Seven Seas journal.

Showing reviews 1-10 of 24 | Next