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About Moleskine



Moleskine® is the heir of the legendary notebook used for the past two centuries by great artists and thinkers, including Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. This trusty, pocket-sized travel companion held their sketches, notes, stories, and ideas before they became famous images or beloved books.

The little black notebook, with its typical rounded corners, elastic closure, and expandable inner pocket, was originally a nameless object. It was produced by a small French bookbinder, that supplied Parisian stationery shops frequented by the international literary and artistic avant-garde for more than a century. In the mid-1980s, however, it no longer became available.

In his book "Songlines", Bruce Chatwin tells us the whole story of his favourite notebook, which he nicknamed "Moleskine". In 1986, the original manufacturer - a family operating in Tours - closed down forever: "Le vrai moleskine n'est plus" are the lapidary words he puts into the mouth of the owner of the stationery shop in Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie - also a legendary spot where Chatwin stocked up on the notebooks. The English writer-traveler bought up all the "Moleskines" that he could find, but they were not enough.

In 1998, a small Milanese publisher brought the legendary notebook back to life under the name "Moleskine", thus restoring a solid tradition, renewing notebookism, and sensing that mobile technologies needed to be accompanied by essential self-standing analog tools.

As the reverent keeper of an extraordinary tradition, the legendary notebook once again began travelling the globe. Capturing reality on the move, preserving details, impressing the unique aspects of experience upon paper: Moleskine is a reservoir of ideas and feelings, a battery that stores discoveries and perceptions without depletion. With its various page styles, it accompanies the creative professions and has become an international symbol of contemporary nomadism. With this physical object, the art of taking notes has found new realms on the web and its communities.

Today, Moleskine® is culture, travel, memory, imagination, and personal identity, both analog and digital. It is a brand identifying a family of notebooks, journals, planners, and guidebooks, with different functions, complying with a free mindstyle, both basic and emotional, and connected with the digital world through a huge network of websites, blogs, groups, virtual archives in the Internet.

The adventure of Moleskine continues to widen, and its still-blank pages will tell the rest.

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It was the feedback provided by online communities that gave birth to the Moleskine® City Notebook, "the first guidebook you write yourself". Written in each person's unique voice, the City Notebook allows for diverse, dense, multi-layered and hyper-real views of how its owner individually connects with a city.

To accompany City Notebooks, Moleskine has created City Blogs, an opportunity for people to share their city experiences and keep their notebooks current through featured updates, curiosities, traveler updates, and links to other blogs and communities. With sites dedicated to cities covered in the City Notebook line, the online community is a platform for cultural content and shared experience. It is also a space for open debate and exchange of ideas that are the core of our brand: culture, creativity, writing, and contemporary nomadism.

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Moleskine | Stories collects and presents limited print runs and customized editions of Moleskine® products produced in collaboration with companies, institutions, and various cultural, entrepreneurial, and social initiatives.

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Detour is a Moleskine® project dedicated to traveling culture and creativity worldwide. It features internationally recognized artists, architects, film directors, graphic designers, illustrators, and writers, who record their daily journeys and experiments in a Moleskine, in any format and medium of their choice.

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Detour project supports lettera27, a non — profit foundation, whose mission is to defend the right to literacy, education, and access to knowledge and information all over the world.

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Moleskinerie is one of the leading online destinations for Moleskine® enthusiasts. Founded in 2003 by Armand Frasco, an artist and photographer based in Chicago, the website has claimed a unique place among the friends and supporters of Moleskine. It not only provides a meeting place for the free expression of opinions and thoughts, but also curates galleries of Moleskine art. Moleskinerie's growing community of readers and contributors captures the spirit of Moleskine online.

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