Popov Leather Cover Review

Hey everyone, I’m back! Sorry for my absence; school really kicked my ass this quarter. It was tough but I made it.

Today I want to talk to you about my new cover by Popov Leather. I bought this cover in January and received it mid-February. I chose the Black Horween Chromexcel leather with cream stitching and the large pen loop option add on.

I was specifically looking for these things in a leather cover:

  1. Interior pockets to fit my stencils
  2. Generous pen loop to fit my Pilot G-2 pen
  3. Something that would be thin, only accommodating one notebook
  4. Tough leather that wouldn’t scuff easily

Why’d I choose a leather cover? I come from the world of traveler’s notebooks and with my last bullet journal, I missed having a leather cover so much that I eventually returned to bullet journaling in a traveler’s notebook. But then I missed the Leuchtturm and the extra room. I tried to put my Leuchtturm inside a traveler’s notebook, but didn’t like how heavy it was and I don’t have time (or the patience required) to thread the string through the spine; I want to tuck in and be done.

After looking at many different makers online, I liked the look and options Popov Leather offered so I placed my order. The shipping did take a little long only because they were in the process of moving to another workshop (they’ve already moved).

This is what the cover looks like when it’s empty.

When I received my cover, it was packed with a lot of care and attention which I appreciated. The notebook itself was stunning and exceptionally made. The pen loops are Hobonichi style; when you put your pen inside, it holds the notebook closed. When open and in use, the loops are stitched outward so they don’t get in the way. The front interior has three business card sized pockets where I tuck my stencils into, and a vertical pocket which is where the front flap of the Leuchtturm gets tucked into. The back has the same style pocket for the same purpose, but I’ve also fit loose sheets in either one with no problem. The back pocket of the actual Leuchtturm is also tucked inside the leather flap, but can still be easily accessed when you need to.

I can fit several of my Dear Lily Designs stencils and a small ruler in the pockets easily.
The back cover where I keep notes I need to tape into my bujo and another DLD ruler. I tied the elastic around the back of the hardcover of the LT1917 so that there are no bumps in the leather and it worked beautifully.

The craftsmanship and stitching are impeccable, and honestly the only teeny thing that bummed me out (and I will say it’s my own fault because I didn’t research the leather prior to ordering it) is that this leather scuffs, scratches and dents VERY, very easily.

This is the front up close so you can see how the leather has scuffed in a month. I am not careful with this cover at all.
And these are the scuffs on the back of my Popov Leather bullet journal cover.

Overall though, I’m really happy with my notebook cover and I’d definitely recommend ordering from Popov Leather. I knew the wait time would be long because when I placed my order there were at least two pop-up notifications indicating that there would be an unusually high wait time due to their move, but they always kept me informed about the status of my order. It was a smooth shopping experience.

(NOTE: This Popov Leather cover was purchased with my own money. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions contained herein are my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review.)

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