Speaking of procrastination, here’s a topic I’ve been meaning to blog about for months: the new Habana notebooks, which aren’t yet available in the U.S. (the Euro’s insane right now we’re working on it) but have already made quite a splash in Europe and on the Internet.
Back in October, Patrick Ng posted photos of the Habana on Flickr, dismissing them as Moleskine knock-offs. More recently, others have praised the superior quality of Habana paper as well as its durable binding.
The way we see it, diary-style notebooks are a natural extension of our product lineup; we care deeply about the physical pleasures of writing, and that passion extends to both date- and notebooks. Also, no company has a monopoly on attractive, portable notebooks! Moleskine has wonderful products, and their marketing should be taught in business schools (read more about the company’s history herecontrary to popular belief, modern Moleskine notebooks were first made in 1998 and are only similar to the notebooks used by Picasso, Hemingway, and Chatwin).
When Moleskine moved their production to China, however, we feel that the quality of their paper fell. Our paper, which is made in France by Clairefontaine, is much better, especially for fountain pens.
Personally, I love the little orange Habana that Karen sent me earlier this year. Surely there’s room for both