Through our shared values and love of quality craftsmanship and considered design, Another Escape and Rural Kind have teamed up to create a beautifully crafted leather journal. The journals are cut from responsibly-sourced, oak bark tanned leather from a small, centuries-old tannery in Devon, UK, and made in the rural kind studio in rural Wales, where the journal sleeves are punched and burnished by hand and hand-stitched with waxed linen thread.
Rural Kind are the makers of simple, functional and well-crafted carry goods made for everyday adventures. Mike Watt and Nia Wood, the designers and makers behind Rural Kind, create objects by hand, using simple techniques and traditional materials. With functionality at the heart of their designs, they produce goods that are well made, thoughtfully designed, and that are built to last.
The leather journal sleeve is approximately 23 x 16cm – the depth depends on its contents. Please note that each sleeve is individually made and therefore they may differ slightly from one another.
The journal sleeve contains two strands of elastic to hold your notebooks and two felt pockets for extra documents or notebooks.
Each journal sleeve comes ready with two notebooks. The perfect notebook size is 21 x 13cm, and we recommend Moleskine's soft grey cahier large journal notebooks.
The oak bark tanned Devon leather is strong and will last a lifetime if treated with care, gradually becoming more supple overtime. It can handle a bit of rough treatment too, so don't be afraid to use it well. It fares well in the rain; just make sure to dry it out well – leaving it to dry naturally at room temperature for a few hours should do the trick. Most scratches and marks can be buffed out with a soft cloth and some gentle circular rubbing, whereas others may need a little extra help – see 'conditioning' section.
We have used a natural, undyed 100% merino wool felt that is manufactured in Germany (as sadly there's no one in the UK who makes this kind of felt, yet). Felt is a natural, rapidly renewable resource and 100% biodegradable. It is naturally dirt and water repellent due to a thin, naturally present waxy film of lanolin that coats each of the wool fibres. Any light dirt should be brushed off, and anything more stubborn should be spot cleaned with warm, lightly soapy water. If a wet spill occurs, blot up the liquid as soon as possible with a dry cloth to avoid absorption. Avoid aggressive rubbing as this can continue the felting process and change the surface appearance of the felt.
The leather we use is packed full of natural fats and waxes that will keep your leather journal soft and supple for a long time. Occasionally, small cloudy patches of white may appear, referred to as 'blooms', where the waxes have worked their way to the leather's surface. To remove the white patches, simply buff the leather with a soft cloth in a gentle circular motion.
The natural oils from our skin are usually enough to naturally condition the leather. Over time, this may cause the leather to darken slightly and can give it a beautiful patina. However, should the leather start to dry out or you feel it just needs a bit of a refresh, you can use pure neatsfoot oil to recondition the leather. Rub a little into the leather with a clean rag, leave to air dry, and buff a little for a rich, warm glow.