Galen Leather

This post is sponsored by Galen Leather. I was provided product at no cost to me, but my thoughts and opinions are my own.

I need to profusely apologize to the folks at Galen Leather. I have had this portfolio for approximately a year now, and sadly, have only now found the time to write up my review on it. 

Are you familiar with Galen Leather? They are a Turkish-based company, makers of journaling and writing supplies. In addition to the leather journal covers and folios, they make notebooks, pen cases, writing bags, and so much more. 

If you’re a stationery addict like I am, you’ll have a hard time not buying up everything on their website. That is only a slight exaggeration.

I have long coveted any and all of their products after seeing them online, usually in posts from some of the journal accounts I follow on Instagram. So you can imagine how utterly THRILLED I was when they reached out to me to see if I was interested in sampling anything from them.

A brown pouch with the words Galen Leather in white sits on top of a brown cardboard box

And because I have long considered what would be my eventual first purchase from them, I knew immediately what I wanted:

Black leather zipper portfolio in a brown box with a brown cloth pouch on top with the words galen leather in white

The Leather Zippered A5 Notebook Folio, in Black.

An opened black leather folio holds several green pens and a red and green plaid journal; a sticker-calendar sits on the table above the folio

I cannot begin to express how utterly GORGEOUS this is. The leather is smooth on the outside, the inside is soft and almost buttery. 

And it holds a fair amount, in addition to the journal I tucked in there. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but if you know anything about me and my fountain pens, I prefer a thick, chunky pen with decent weight to it. 

For as long as I’ve been journaling (almost forty years, believe it or not), I’ve just used whatever journals I come across that I like or that have been given to me. About six months before I got the Galen Leather portfolio, I had decided that I would start using an old leather cover that had been stashed away since my moving to South Dakota.

My problem was that I never cared for the journal inserts that came with it/were designed for it. The paper is unlined and not fountain pen friendly, which matters more nowadays than it did back when I first got the cover.

Somewhere along the way, I fell down a Reddit rabbit hole and discovered that Rhodia A5 Webnotebooks fit in this particular cover. Guess where else they can be used?

A black journal sits inside a black leather zipper folio with several green pens

Which is another reason I love this folio. I have a third leather cover that fits the 7×10-inch journals I love to use (my handwriting is large and I prefer a bold point/nib, so the bigger the paper, the better). From now on, I will just be rotating through the two covers and this folio.

Only the Galen one holds more than one pen, though, as well as whatever ephemera I might want to bring along, as I decorate my journal pages. A black journal sits in a black leather folio topped by four green fountain pens

Since I’ve had this for about a year now, I can say that it has held up very well, and looks almost as pristine as the day I received it. I have a quirk where, if I really really like something or I have a sentimental attachment to it for some reason, I tend not to use it, and instead just gaze upon it adoringly.

Thanks to several events in the past few years, though, I have been making a real effort to actually USE the things I have, rather than let them sit around collecting dust until they fall apart. And while I still have a few random journals I’ve picked up over the years, I’m settled on the notebooks that will fit my two other covers, as well as my Galen Leather portfolio. 

And though I haven’t really gone anywhere in the past almost-two years, I did bring this folio along a weekend trip I took back in June. I sometimes worry about bringing fountain pens on trips, but the folio kept them protected as it jostled about in the bag I used for my journaling supplies.

I’m always concerned about zipper closures, as everyone has had the experience of a zipper’s teeth separating or the zipper pull getting stuck or off track. So far, the zipper works perfectly, and manages to close without issue when I have chunky pens in the folio.

A blue and green plaid journal sits in a black leather folio, along with several blue and green pens

Overall, I’m as in love with this folio now as I was the day I received it, and will be using it for as long as it lasts me. Which hopefully is a really long time.

My thanks to Galen Leather for giving me the chance to try out one of their fine products, and my apologies again for taking so long to write this up.