A5 Van Der Spek Nomad TN cover in undyed Janet Leather

I began discussing a new A5 Nomad cover with Petra just before Christmas. Here are my designs – scribbled very quickly on a piece of paper.


I chose undyed leather as a first choice, with black Janet Leather as a second choice. Petra (our beloved Superwoman) told me that she would be ordering undyed Janet leather and she thought it would be perfect for me, if I didn’t mind waiting. So, of course, I waited.

It arrived today – two days after it was posted. So I had to do an immediate blog post!

As always, in a lovely Van Der Spek box. I really like the design

Nestled in tissue paper. It was in a plastic bag but I took it out for the photograph

With a separate piece of leather I will store in darkness and not use, so that I can document the ageing process.

This leather feels SO SOFT! A5 size, square corners, long clasp, front slip pocket

Back slip pocket. White stitching

Slip pockets front and back, long clasp, three poppers, full length wallet pocket (meaning no elastic holes showing on the outside

8 elastics, 2 pen loops and plenty of pockets, both slip and secretarial

Full length back wallet pocket lined in dark brown faux leather.

Categories: Midori and other Traveler's Notebooks


9 replies

  1. I really love this beauté. Can you post a picture after one year? I love to see patina!

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  2. Would absolutely love to see how this has worked whilst in use – could you possibly review the features you chose, similar to your post of the JLRed codex?

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  3. Just saw this – very beautifully designed and made! Please share again when you move into it. I’m curious how you will set it up . Thank you!

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  4. It’s a work of art!:) Enjoy:):)


  5. This is so stunning!! Can’t wait to see how it ages.

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  6. This looks amazing! I’m pretty much out of rings now and instead using travellers’ notebooks. So I’m coveting this!

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