The Moleskine notebook is the heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Bruce Chatwin.
Today, it is celebrated in pop culture as a contemporary icon, an inviting blank space where your own words and sketches join you to an ever evolving relay of creativity.
In his book The Songlines, Chatwin tells the story of the little black notebook: in 1986, the manufacturer, a small family-owned company in the French city of Tours, went out of business. “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 where he usually purchased his notebooks. Chatwin set about buying up all the notebooks that he could find before his departure for Australia, but they were still not enough.
In 1997, the company known today as Moleskine brought the legendary notebook back to life.
"Every Moleskine notebook is a book yet to be written and a story waiting to be told."
Maria Sebregondi, Moleskine co-founder and president of Moleskine Foundation