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Manufactus "No Bag" Refillable Leather Journal

Manufactus "No Bag" Refillable Leather Journal

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Italian Calfskin

Handcrafted in Italy by the artisan leatherworkers at Luca Natalizia Legatoria, each Manufactus "No Bag" Leather Journal is cut from full-grain, vegetable-tanned calf leather, selected from one of six tanneries outside Rome that have been supplying the company since just after its founding in 1910. The included A5-size notebook holds 128 pages of cream-colored lined or unlined 90 gsm pages and fits snugly inside the supple cover, which can accommodate refills of different thicknesses. 

Note: At checkout, you can select a leather color of Brown or Grey, and paper style for the included A5 replaceable journal from Lined or Unlined. You can also add a 3-pack of lined or blank refills (+$24). As every journal will be handmade to fill this order and shipped from Italy, the best estimated shipping date is 6-8 weeks after the drop ends.

Manufactus "No Bag" Refillable Leather Journal
Manufactus "No Bag" Refillable Leather Journal

Don't Shoot the Messenger

Incredibly soft and conveniently refillable, the "No Bag" Journal lays flat for easy writing and buckles closed onto chrome studs with two leather straps. The "No Bag" Journal owes its name and existence to a total coincidence, having been created when a designer at Luca Nataliza designed and made a messenger bag with these same straps and closures. When the prototype was finished, they found this leather to be so supple that a large, open messenger bag would not hold its shape—but it was perfect to make a journal cover with unique closures.

Manufactus "No Bag" Refillable Leather Journal
Manufactus "No Bag" Refillable Leather Journal

Optional Refills (3-Pack)



  • Luca Natalizia Legatoria
  • Handmade to order in Italy
  • Full-grain calfskin leather cover
  • 126 sheets (252 pages)
  • 90 gsm cream-colored paper
  • Blank or lined (7 mm ruling)
  • Ribbon marker, cardstock cover for each refill
  • 1 refill included, optional 3-packs available at checkout
  • A5-size journal refill: 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 in (14.8 x 21 cm)
  • Overall dimensions: 6.3 x 8.8 x 1.2 in (16 x 22.5 x 3 cm)


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is July 17, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

Recent Activity

Sorry for the lateness. I replaced the stock journal with one featuring a hardcover, so the studs aren't a problem. I recommend replacing the journal with an A5 hardcover journal but if that isn't an option for you, try carrying around a mini-clipboard under the front cover. At my local office supply store, I purchased a small A5 clipboard and carry it around with my journal. It's great! It can hold things, serve as a bookmark for quick access to a specific page, protect against annoying studs, and provide a flat and sturdy surface at a moments notice (this is what I mainly carry it around for). If the clipboard thing is not your thing, no biggie. Another option is to slightly slip the journal out of the front cover so the studs are no longer in the way before you start writing. It may seem annoying but the journal slides in and out easily so it's not a hassle. Another thing to note, the leather used for the journal is fantastic, and well worth the weeks of waiting. Over the past two and a half years, my journal has faithfully endured some brutal conditions (mainly from my lifestyle) and is still holding up with no problems. The leather has aged wonderfully, despite its many battle scars, and can now comfortably hold an A5 Rhodia Rhodiarama Webnotebook. The same notebook fit extremely tight a year ago, to the point of stretching the leather; but after repeated use, and my habit of sticking papers inside in a rush, it expanded naturally and accepted a larger hardcover notebook with ease. All in all, I think I will be using this journal for a long time to come, and I hope you (along with anyone else reading) will too!

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