About a month ago I was offered a review copy of a Galen leather A5 folio and I jumped at the chance, because I really love Galen leather products. I have two traveler’s notebook covers, two notebook charms and a wallet insert from them, and they are all lovely.
When this folio was ready, it took only a day or so to get all the way from Turkey so shipping was a dream. After you order, making the products takes a couple of weeks, but Galen leather keeps you updated every step of the way. You receive an email when you order, and then they let you know production times and notify you when your item ships.
One of the things about a family leather business is that you get to know the family. This is the first Galen leather product I have received since beloved Zeynep passed away a few months ago. It was made by her brother Yusuf and so it was extra poignant to receive this as it feels as though the legacy and the company Zeynep worked so hard to build is living on through her brother, husband and father and all the thousands of Galen Leather fans throughout the world.
- Here is the story of Galen Leather, told by Zeynep. It is so hard to read this and not feel inspired by this amazing woman and sad at her loss. Galen leather will live on through her work though, and I am honoured to be a part of that.
- Here is the Galen Leather website
- Here is a link to the beautiful folios
Galen is also famous for their glorious wooden writing boxes (find them here).
Would love to see how the leather looks now that it has had a chance to age a bit
Aren’t they – and their products – wonderful?!! I have covers for two of my Hobonichi planners and they are venturing into inserts for the Traveler’s Notebook, too! The loss they sustained in their family was so sad – all the more reason to support them!