I've known Chris Davis in the virtual realm for years, mainly as the blogger behind the now shuttered Pens'n'Paper. We spoke frequently when he was active on his blog, and when he decided to move on he mentioned he had a new project he was putting all of his efforts in to. That new project is Davis Leatherworks.
Chris reached out over the winter and sent me some samples of his products, and I have to say I am very happy with them. The Simple Leather Notebook Cover is my favorite so far. As the name suggests, the beauty is in its simplicity. It is designed to fit a single standard 3.5" x 5.5" pocket memo book perfectly, which includes things like the Doane Paper Utility Notebook and Field Notes Memo Books.
Several different leather types are available for the Simple Leather Notebook Cover. The one shown here is Horween Harvest Rowdy, and there are other nice options such as Horween Black Chromexcel and Hartford Rustic Brown. The notebook is kept in place with a simple band through the middle and an additional outer strap to keep the cover closed. If you are looking for a basic small memo book holder this is a great option.
The Banditapple "Handy" Notebook Cover is a take on the classic Midori Travelers Notebook. The long, skinny design works well for those who need a little more space when writing while still keeping a portable profile. Right now, Davis Leatherworks offers it in a Limited Edition Horween Gold Chromexcel embossed leather, but plans on expanding the offering into standard leathers in the future.
It thrills me to no end to see "one of our own" branch out into making and selling their own products. Well done Chris, and I hope to see great things in the future from Davis Leatherworks!