Our first encounter with Moleskine was in Copenhagen, in an art museum gift shop, in 2009. The classic notebook and compelling story gave the impression of a time-honored brand, but Moleskine was created in 1997. It's an Italian company that embraces the spirit of adventure and creativity, and continues to mold itself according to new technology.

Moleskine's notebooks are based on those distributed in Paris during the 19th- and 20th centuries, handmade by small French bookbinders who supplied the local stationery shops around the turn of the 20th century. They are fashioned after author Bruce Chatwin's descriptions of the notebooks he used.