We recently came across the meticulously constructed Landmade Cork Journal by Michael Roger Press, and not only does the material give way to a beautiful pattern, but the half-century-old stationer uses the traditional Smyth sewn binding technique. Hand-sewing the pages together (instead of gluing) gives the notebook's binding extra strength and allows it to open flat—two important features for anyone who uses a notebook regularly.
Made with acid-free paper, each piece is proudly crafted in limited runs at their New Jersey factory. By producing notebooks and paper goods in small batches, they retain the flexibility to innovate and implement new ideas into their line. They also offer the option to personalize nearly all their products with a custom die-cast stamp.
Each journal is completely unique by nature's design, made with natural, sustainably-harvested cork. Sold in two sizes ($10-17) and lined or unlined, Michael Roger Press products sell online and at specialty stationers.