I know, I know, I was natting a little bit on Horween before but like I said, it is nevertheless a great leather tannery. So for my cousin’s birthday (cum Christmas present too… hopefully) I had a piece of Horween left from my exploits in UK and made a custom notebook for her, complete with Midori inserts.
Disclaimer: All views are mine and mine alone.
It’s not hard to find Horween leather being used as a badge of quality. While Horween leather certainly has its perks, I caution against thinking that Horween is the end-all indicator of supremacy in a crafted product.
Every product is saddle stitched by hand. I’m not against automation especially when it gets the job done efficiently, but I hand sew because a hand sewn saddle stitched piece is much more durable than a machine sewn lockstitch. Done right, a saddle stitched item can outlast its owner.
From a design perspective, 5 is a nice number. Take my beloved Seiko 5 for example: