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The Traveler's Notebook and its simple rubber band fastener are classically handsome, but its good looks are just the beginning.
Photo: Kat Goldin
We?re organized when we?re planning our vacation, bookmarking away on our computer. But once we?re in transit, our tickets, passports and business cards get misplaced in a flash. (Keeping track of receipts and memorabilia is a downright nightmare.) But now we?re looking to a leather-bound notebook to sort us out.
The Traveler?s Notebook--which we discovered at the L.A.-based e-store Baum-Kuchen--has an international cult following (and its own 3,500-picture Flickr group). It?s an 8.5-by-4.5-inch leather folder ($56), handcrafted in Chaingmai, Thailand, that can be tricked out with pockets ($6) for holding receipts and business cards, a zippered pouch ($10) or stickers of airlines, vehicles and fun sayings.
Globetrotters use the diary pages (from $6 a package) to jot notes, the lined sheets to launch a novel and the sketch paper to protect images more beautiful than any photo. No wonder it?s all from Japan, a culture famed for its fetishistic attention to detail and wabi-sabi--the idea that a well-worn object is more beautiful than a new one.
We can?t wait to put watermarks, notes and memories in our own notebook over a few thousand miles.
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