PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
#1: This listing is for the cover only. The notebook is sold separately.
#2: These are made from un-dyed, "naked" leather, with nothing covered up - so they will have some natural range marks, scars and other blemishes. In other words, they are not processed to make them appear "perfect", like something you would get in a department store. That said, these are very high quality skins, probably better than most leathers you will find even in high-end designer products.
#3: Please see the pictures for examples of some, but not all imperfections
#4: When adding to the cart, please choose the numbered cover (1-6) that you want. That is the actual cover that you will receive. If you have no particular preference, please choose the "Any Cover" option.
Sometimes you search high and low for that perfect cover for your notebook. Other times you need a notebook to match the great cover you already have. I may be biased, but I think this combination of Seven Seas + Gfeller is as good as it gets.
Gfeller of Meridian, Idaho custom fitted this cover for the Seven Seas Writer notebook. And wow, what a great cover is. The skins are sourced from a small tannery in the United Kingdom, and as you may know, some of the best leather in the world comes from the UK - think Swain Adeney cases, Crockett & Jones shoes, and a long history of saddles, bags and other riding gear. If the Lord and Lady Grantham and their daughters Mary and Edith needed leather notebook covers for their Seven Seas Writers, these would surely be on their wish list.
If you're not familiar with Gfeller, they have been around since the 1940s (please check out this article for more history) and specialize in leather goods for geoscientists - field bags, tool holders, pouches, and various other items. They also do a lot of custom leather work and one of their specialties is notebook covers. I found Gfeller a few years back when I was looking for a belt. I wanted something very high quality and simple - really just a strip of leather with holes and a buckle. Gfeller's site came up, and the price was no more than, say, what you would get at Filson or Ralph Lauren, and I'm always one to support the smaller outfits - the craftsmen - where possible. So I took a chance figuring that I'd get a decent belt but if it was just average so what it's just a belt and how good could it get anyway?
Well, that belt turned out to be so much better than anything I could get anywhere else. Yes it is just a strip of leather, but it is the best leather strip you are likely to find, belt-wise. The grain is tight, the leather is thick (11 ounces) and the finish..... oh the finish. Even though it is naked leather it has this up-close sheen and sparkle that makes me pause to look at it everytime before I put it on. And it is so tough my descendents will be fighting over it.
But I digress. My point is that Gfeller makes great stuff. Also keep in mind that these are hand-crafted items - they will have small imperfections inherent to leather and leather work. And, with naked leather, it is both impossible and economically impractical to reject anything with a stitch that is 1/64 of an inch off a straight line or has a small scar or stretch mark. Well, maybe Hermes could try to make it almost perfect, but they would charge $1,000; Louis Vuitton would not use leather at all.
Anyway, even though it is obvious that Gfeller just wants their covers to be simple, functional, and well-made, which they are, they fail at being non-descript, because anyone that knows really good stuff will recognize this as a rare find. It is sure to invite admiring or even envious stares.
On to the finer points... it is made specifically for the A5 Seven Seas notebook, but will fit any notebook up to 15mm thick with a cover trimmed to 210x148mm. For example, it will fit the A5-size Life, Apica and Midori notebooks because those are all about 10mm thick with 210x148mm trimmed covers.
Note that it has the signature Gfeller inner flaps which help to eliminate the "writing bump" towards the beginning and ending pages in a notebook.
CARE: A light coating of neatsfoot, mink or other high-quality leather care oil a couple of times a year is sufficient.
There is so much more that I want to say, but you may never make it down to the pictures!
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Posted by Judy on 9th Jan 2017
I used the sofa & belle microfiber cover for a couple years mostly because I balked heavily at the price of the gfeller cover, $80 felt like a lot just for some leather, but also because the fleshy color is somewhat unappealing to me.
The leather is quite thin and soft, but very durable. I kind of want to just pet it all day. Scratches rub out in a natural and pleasant way. It's a lot less "freshly killed skin" than I feared even straight out of the box. I wish I'd bought the cover straight off instead of hemming and hawing about whether it'd be worth it.
The one thing I don't much like is the doubled-over leather on the inside long edges has left quite an imprint on the outside, that looks somewhat unattractive. Like I've left a bit of scotch tape on there or something. I imagine having that extra leather makes the edge more durable and I accept the trade-off, hence still the 5 stars, but it's kind of a shame.
Posted by Amy on 30th Dec 2016
I have two gfeller covers and I love them both. They functionally and beautifully house my seven seas writer notebooks. This is a fantastic investment-- when they come back in stock, go for it!
Posted by Aaron on 28th Dec 2016
I also own a Herz leather cover as sold on this site, but always had my eye on this one as well. Now that I have both, I'm happy to say that I love each of them in their own way. Where this cover has an amazing natural finish and softness, the Herz is a bit sturdier with the dark coloring. I can't say I like one more than the other, they're just different...but they both do their job well and with style.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Dec 2016
I purchased this cover for my Seven Seas Writer. I was a little hesitant at first because I'm not really a fan of the natural leather color, but as soon as I opened it I fell in love! The leather is incredibly soft and pliable and smells heavenly! I couldn't stop running my hands over it and sniffing it! I even snuck a little bite (because I like to bite leather oddly). I actually enjoy the natural color because I can see little freckles this animal had making it truely one of a kind!
Posted by Silv on 10th Dec 2016
I hesitated buying this product for a long time as l usually make my own leather journal/notebook covers. I finally ordered one as it was highly recomended. l have to say that the quality of manufacture was outstanding, the leather is so soft and beautiful. I can't say enough good things about this lovely Gfeller cover and l know it's going to get even better with age.
Posted by Peter Denton on 5th Nov 2016
A wonderfully high quality product. The natural leather is wonderful to the touch and, based on my experience with quality leather goods, looks like it will darken age gracefully with time. A perfect fit for the Seven Seas journal I ordered with it. I would rate this product as slightly better than the Midori natural goat skin covers in both materials and craftsmanship. Well worth the cost.
Posted by Brad on 22nd Jul 2016
What can I say - I'm an unabashed fan of Gfeller - perhaps the most practical and durable leather journal cover available - I have them in custom A4 and A5 - stylish and practical all at once
Posted by Jennifer Slattery on 28th Mar 2016
This cover is even nicer than I expected. It's extremely well made. The leather is soft and the cover fits perfectly. Highly recommended!
Posted by aK on 4th Nov 2015
You stumble upon a magic genie lamp. One of your wishes is for the perfect journal cover. This is that journal cover.
Posted by Sherwood Hughes on 27th Jun 2015
This cover is just perfect; it's a great fit and is aging so nicely. The quality of the leather and workmanship is excellent.
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