Chic Sparrow Extra Wide All American in Spice

On its way to me as we speak is a Chic Sparrow All American in Extra Wide (see description and photos from the website below ). I have chosen to have an inscription embossed as well.

Fauxdoris, as non-Midori traveler’s notebook covers  are often called (unfairly in my opinion) one area where I feel the imitation or inspiration, is better than the original. They often cost more but the leather and the size are, for me anyway, superior to the Midori. I prefer thick leather (9oz is my preference), wider covers and as many elastics as possible. The original is too floppy and narrow for me and has only two elastics.

Chic Sparrow by Jennifer Harvey has an avid following. She has grown from an Etsy shop to a full-blown webshop offering bags, a VIP service and a growing range of notebook covers.









This beautiful collection is perfect for the person who loves smooth leather that is made to last.  The finest leather is chosen for these notebooks using top quality leather that then goes through a number of treatments insureing durability, flexibility and color.  The leather is firm but will flex and break in with ease. These are hand crafted for the person with diserning taste.



  • Top quality vegtable tanned leather custom made for Chic Sparrow.
  • Four Strands of Elastic on all sizes
  • Center Spine Closure
  • Top Grain Leather With a Silky smooth surface
  • Matching Pockets and penloop
  • Light colored Stitching


    • Pocket Size fits notebooks approximately 3.5” x 5.5”. Most commonly used are Field Notes or Moleskine inserts. Up to 5 inserts less than 1” thick
    • Personal Size fit inserts that are  3.7″ x 6.7 and do not exceed more than 1 inch in depth.
    • Narrow Size will hold up to 5 standard Midori brand inserts (approximately 4.5” x 8.25”) that are not more than 1” thick.
    • Wide Cahier is sized for 5” x 8.25” inserts (usually Moleskine Cahier). At least 4 inserts that do not exceed 1” thick will fit.
    • Extra Wide fits Half Sheet sized inserts (5.5” x 8.25”). If inserts do not exceed 1 inch in thickness, it will hold at least



LEATHER WEIGHT:  Thickness: 7 to 8oz (3.0-3.7 mm)


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

9 thoughts

  1. I’d not really seen these before, but they look amazing. I have bought several fountain pens and a Karas Kustoms pen this month, so will have to wait till next month. I’d like an extra wide for Sketchnoting, a new project for me. Now all I have to do is decide between the extra wide Chic Sparrow or a Bull & Stash. Anyone have any experience with the latter. Of course I could just order both. The B & S looks very robust and I do botany walk recording so it would be great for that, perhaps?

  2. Howzit!

    Ooh you’ll love this Chic Sparrow.
    I have a Distressed Creme Brûlée Narrow and Adore it. (Only had it a few weeks.)
    I agree, in this case the “Faux” is better than the original.

    Nice to “meet” a fellow South African who also loves traveller notebooks.

    – Kim 🙂

      1. So glad you love your Chic Sparrow Janet!
        Btw…how are you going to use it? Curious minds want to know…or at least this curious mind wants to know. 😉

  3. I adore chic sparrow!!! I have a pocket and personal in maple sugar but am thinking of a narrow in spice. I love the maple color so much that I am not sure about spice even tho it looks beautiful.hope you get yours soon! Enjoy

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