The Lett’s of London Legacy Notebook in Purple (£20) is one of the most luxurious notebooks to cross my desk in some time. The embossed, leather-look cover and gilt edges with the gold foil logo embossed on the cover is the height of elegance and sophistication.
The notebook is 202mm x 133mm (approx. 8″x5.25″, a little smaller than A5) with deeply rounded corners and includes an ivory, satin ribbon bookmark. There are 240 numbered pages with sewn binding.
The edge gilding absolutely gleams!
Even the spine is embossed with the gold foil logo. It’s a pleasing detail.
Inside the cover, on the end papers, is a bit of the history of Lett’s.
Inside the back cover is a secretary pocket to hold miscellaneous paper. It’s not gusseted so it won’t hold a ton of things but will hold a few.
The next page is a table of contents.
It turns out the 90gsm acid-free, cream colored paper is a pleasure to write on. True to their word on the web site, the paper really is fountain pen-friendly. It did great with ballpoint, felt tip and rollerball too.
The lined paper features classic, light blue lines with the double header lines in light red. I could totally embrace this book. It feels good in the hand, writes beautifully and looks classic.
Pencils had a lovely feel on the paper in the Lett’s Notes as well. In this close-up, you can see there’s no feathering with fountain pen ink either.
There’s no fountain pen bleed through on the reverse side of the paper either.
The Lett’s Notes Legacy notebook should soon be available in the US, but even through the UK site, the price is competitive with the average Moleskine and is leaps and bounds better in terms of quality and presentation. It would be worth paying the shipping premium to get it from the UK. It’s a far superior product to most notebooks currently available, even if lined paper isn’t usually your bag.