REVIEW – I have liked notebooks, diaries and journals since I was young. As an adult, my fondness for stationery got a little more refined. These days, I don’t just settle for a composition book and a Bic pen. I want my notebooks to feel AND look unique. One way to do this is to wrap a notebook in a beautiful leather cover like LeCow’s custom covers. Spoiler: Their covers are fantastic.
LeCow notebook covers are custom handmade leather notebook covers, available in a variety of sizes, leather colors, thread colors, closure types and optional pockets.
Note that LeCow is also known as Le-Right. This is the same leather notebook cover company run by Diamond and his wife Wing. The only difference between the companies other than the name is the logo. Le-Right is for people who don’t want a cute little cow logo on the back of their notebooks.
Design and functionality
The great thing about LeCow is that every cover that Diamond makes is a one-of-a-kind notebook cover. This is because no two pieces of leather are the same and each cover is custom made according to the buyer’s wants and needs.
For me, I wanted a standard sized travel journal cover. If you are not familiar with travel diaries, they were created in Japan by the Midori company. This is a simple one-piece leather cover that uses bungee cords to hold multiple 4.25 x 8.25 inch inserts (notebooks).
The traditional TN (Traveler’s Notebook) cover uses string to hold the notebook inserts. For LeCow’s cover, I wanted to go with a folio style that doesn’t use strings.
LeCow has a number of leather colors to choose from and I chose Old Boots for the main part of the cover and Brownie for the front pocket.
The golden color of Old Boots leather is beautiful and has a wonderful pebble texture. The leather is soft, comfortable in the hand and smells WONDERFUL.
I love the little LeCow logo on the back corner of the cover.
As I mentioned earlier, this travel diary cover does not use cords to hold the inserts. It is a folio style cover. This means that inside the front and back covers are pockets which contain the insert covers.
I also requested that small pockets be added above the folio pockets. This is where LeCow is so great. It has a variety of pocket styles for you to choose from. You can even go so far as to have leathers of different colors for the pockets. You can also see the quality of the stitching.
The pockets are small, but they’re great for small items like rulers and pictures like a Polaroid Hi-Print printer that I reviewed recently.
The notebook I use with the LeCow blanket is a Cottonwood Arts D2 Sketchbook which I brought to my local OfficeMax for scaling down to the standard travel diary size. FYI: I love these notebooks because the paper is smooth but thick enough to withstand markers, fountain pens and even watercolors. It also sits flat!
I like to slip the back cover of the notebook into the folio pocket on the right side of the LeCow cover and leave the top cover of the notebook exactly as you see above.
Doing it this way leaves me with the flexibility to add a second notebook to the left side of the cover.
The fit is a bit tight due to the thickness of the Cottonwood Arts notebook, but it works.
Here we see the Cottonwood Arts D2 sketchbook itself inserted into the two folio pockets. It’s a perfect fit.
I don’t want to forget to mention the pocket on the front of the TN sleeve. If you look closely you might think there is a flaw in this pocket as there is a small ragged tear along the top edge of the leather. It’s not a fault, it’s called character. If you don’t want a “character” like that, you can tell Diamond and he will do his best to accommodate your wishes. I really like. No one will EVER have a leather case like mine. It’s unique, just like me
Questions for the diamond:
1. How did you get started making leather products?
I start doing the cover helping my uncle who ran the brand called Naked Cow, and he passed away, and the brand ended a few years ago.
2. Where do the leathers you use come from?
The leathers are all imported from Italy and South America and processed in Taiwan, then exported to the United States.
3. Do you use a sewing machine or do you sew by hand?
I am custom made so most of the covers are all machine sewn but I also have the option of hand sewing just on top of the prices.
4. Do you have help, or is it just you?
All the work is up to me and my wife Wing, she does the mountain style puzzles and blankets.
5. Do you use one of your own notebook covers? If so, which is your favorite?
Yes, I use pocket covers, like Moleskine pocket notebooks, they are easy to take anywhere!
6. What is your favorite notebook to use in a cover?
Hobonichi is my favorite!
What I like
- Quality materials and know-how
- Diamond responds to all questions and concerns promptly and thoroughly
What i would change
There is something so satisfying when you envision a design and a master craftsman makes that vision even better than what you created in your own mind. This is what Diamond and Wing are capable of doing at LeCow. It’s so great to work with them. Diamond responds to questions at lightning speed and her work is as close to perfection as it gets. Everything about the Travel Journal he created for me went exactly the way I wanted it to. If you’ve ever wanted a personalized cover for your newspaper, you owe it to yourself to check out LeCow / LeRight. I know you’ll be happy with what he creates for you.
Price: Varies but the coverage reviewed here was $ 122.00 (20% discount now)
Or buy: The cow
Source: The sample for this review was purchased with my own funds less a 15% discount.