The paper is sewn into a black hard cover with an expandable pocket and an elastic band to keep the book securely closed.
The Moleskine notebook is, in fact, 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.
Moleskine books are known for their quality construction, with a stitched binding that allows them to open flat. A short history of the legendary Moleskine notebook (printed in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) is found inserted inside the back cover of the book.
A simple black rectangle with rounded corners, an elastic page-holder, and an internal expandable pocket: a nameless object with a spare perfection all its own, produced for over a century by a small French bookbinder that supplied the stationery shops of Paris, where the artistic and literary avant-gardes of the world browsed and bought them. A trusted and handy travel companion, the notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books.