Notebook Cover Review: Coal Creek Bainbridge A6 Leather Cover

Review by Laura Cameron

When Ana returned from the DC Supershow she brought back tons of goodies for review. I was lucky enough to snag the Coal Creek Bainbridge A6 Leather Cover ($49-$55). Coal Creek offers a number of A6 size leather covers designed to accommodate your favorite notebook, be it Hobonichi, Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm and more! Mine is designed for Leuchtturm.

The Bainbridge A6 leather covers are sourced from top tier domestic (U.S.) tanneries and are advertised as “American Full Grain leather that ages to a beautiful patina.” I can’t speak to the patina, but the leather is lovely. Covers are available in a variety of colors (mine is Cherry) and are finished with stitching which is also available in a variety of colors (mine is Sand).

The covers are designed to house an A6 or pocket size notebook. When you open the cover, on the left there are two pockets. Once is designed to hold a few spare business cards, and the inside pocket can hold receipts, notes, or in some cases, a phone! An elastic pen loop is optional.

On the right, there is a pocket designed for the back cover of your notebook. I tried the case with a variety of notebooks from the Leuchtturm 1917 Pocket (3.5″ x 6″), Octaveo notebooks (3.5″ x 5.25″), to the Crane & Co. Starfish Small Notebook (4″ x 6″), to the North of Rosemont notebooks (4″ x 5.75″) that I just reviewed. While all notebooks fit nicely into the cover, only the Leuchtturm and the Octaveo worked well when a pen was inserted into the loop. Otherwise the cover closed awkwardly as the pen and notebook battled for space.


Overall, the Bainbridge is a lovely slim cover that fits into my purse easily. I’ve been experimenting with carrying it around with me. I love that it’s lightweight enough not to add a ton of weight to my bag (unlike my beloved Chic & Sparrow covers), but that it also protects my smaller notebooks. I’m looking forward to adding my own patina to it.

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