Diary / Journal / Book Cover - 1 Colour - Embossed Initials

Handmade Leather Bookcover (Journal, Diary) with embossed initials

$ 260 NZD
Made to Order by New Zealand leather artisan, Fiona Ritchie, the natural characteristics of the leather hide, hand dyeing process and hand embossed initials make your bookcover unique.

Sparrowhawk's leather bookcovers are made to measure, so they fit and protect your Hardcover Diary, Journal or Book, and may be swapped over to your new year's Diary, or replacement Journal or Book of the same size, as required:

  • Select the Standard A41 or A51 Diary (Collins or Impact) OR
  • Select the Moleskine Large Classic Notebook (13cm x 21cm) OR
  • Select the Moleskine XL Classic Notebook (19cm x 25cm) OR
  • Specify the dimensions of your Small, Medium or Large hardcover book

Handmade in New Zealand by
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Free shipping on this product to New Zealand
Please allow up to 10 Working Days for completion plus delivery time.
Giving as a Gift? Want him or her to specify their initials layout? Colour? Buy a Gift Certificate

Add a Notebook or Pen to your Order:
Moleskine Large (A5) Notebook (Red, Blue or Black) $36.95
Moleskine XL Notebook (Red, Blue or Black) $42.95
Noblesse Pen with Gift Box (Black & Chrome, Blue & Chrome, Silver & Chrome) $29.95

Sparrowhawk Leather makes a large range of handmade, personalised, 100% genuine leather Diary, Journal & Book covers for hard cover books.

Sparrowhawk's leather bookcovers are made to measure, so they fit and protect your Hardcover Diary, Journal or Book:

> Standard A41 or A51 Diary (Collins or Impact)
> Moleskine Large Classic Notebook (13cm x 21cm)
> Moleskine XL Classic Notebook (19cm x 25cm)
> Specify the dimensions of your Small, Medium or Large hardcover book

Due to customer request (for Gifts), you can buy your Notebook here:
Moleskine Large Classic Notebook (Plain pages) - Scarlet Red, Sapphire Blue or Black

Moleskine Large Classic Notebook (Ruled pages) - Scarlet Red, Sapphire Blue or Black

Moleskine XL Classic Notebook (Ruled pages) - Scarlet Red, Sapphire Blue or Black

You can add options to further personalise this Premium Bookcover. See "+" Tabs Below.

  • Natural Russet Leather hand dyed by Sparrowhawk
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  • Hand Embossed Initials
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  • Hand Tooled
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  • Hand Stitched
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  • Handmade in NZ by Fiona Ritchie
A single pen holder attached to the back cover.
Select box below your book size when ordering.
(Can be combined with Snap Closure)
attached to the middle inside back cover, so when you insert your pen through both, this acts to “lock” your cover closed.
Select box below your book size when ordering.
(Cannot be combined with Snap Closure or Single Penholder)
A Leather lined “tab” handstitched around the perimeter with a Snap Closure.
Either Brass Finish or Silver Finish (we will confirm when we advise our making time)
Select box below your book size when ordering.
(Can be combined with Single Penholder)

100% Full Grain, Hand Dyed Leather

Each Sparrowhawk Leather piece is made to order by skilled Leather Artisan, Fiona Ritchie.

Fiona uses time honoured leathercraft techniques, including hand embossing and hand dyeing, allowing Sparrowhawk customers specify the colour and personalization of their piece.

By carefully selecting the leather to cut from the hide, and hand rubbing their dye colour to enhance its individual grain, Fiona crafts a one-off piece, with a unique finish, that is exclusively theirs.

Fiona's leather knowledge, designs and craftsmanship ensures each customer's Sparrowhawk leather piece is fit for purpose, beautiful and stands the test of time.

Our Founder

Fiona Ritchie Leather Artisan & Lifestyle Farmer

It takes knowledge, practiced techniques, and the best materials to achieve true leather craftsmanship. From 2014, when I made my first Pilot Logbook Cover following 3 days private tuition at a working tannery in Sydney, True Leather Craftsmanship has been my gold standard for Sparrowhawk.

Since then, I have made close to 1000 leather pieces from my Hunua Farm workshop. These include wallets, journal covers and documents holders. Each one is custom made, and personalised for its owner. Sparrowhawk Leather’s renowned Pilot Logbook covers are trusted and treasured by hundreds of pilots across NZ and Australia.

Whether commissioned as special gifts, business accessories or for personal use, Sparrowhawk Leather’s bespoke pieces are prized by their owners and recognised for their distinctive quality.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Suzanne Lear
Beautiful book cover

Fiona was so lovely to deal with and my hand crafted book cover is beautiful. I can't wait to see my partners face when he sees it on Christmas morning. Thank you Fiona!

Nicole, Christs College, Christchurch
We all loved it

Your parcel arrived today and was amazing.
We all loved it, particularly the recipient.
It was beautiful workmanship and I so appreciate your rushing it to get it here on time.
You're so talented. Thanks.

Thank you Nicole. I am so glad the Book Cover arrived in time for your colleague's leaving presentation. Fiona Ritchie, Leather Artisan

Fleur, Te Puke
You're a Star

The bookcover has arrived and looks absolutely amazing!!

I found choosing the colour really difficult, but am really happy with the Royal Blue.

Thank you so much for your incredible efforts to get this done in such a short period of time. It is very much appreciated.

I love it

It is amazing. I love it. It is exactly what I wanted.
Thank you so much for such a great journal cover.
Louisa, Upper Hutt, Wellington

This was Louisa's second A5 Journal Cover commission.
Her first Journal Cover was Emerald Green with a locking penholder closure, and her second Journal Cover was Raspberry with a single penholder and leather lined snap closure.
Thank you Louisa.
Fiona Ritchie, Leather Artisan.

Louisa, Upper Hutt, Wellington
It's amazing!

My diary cover has just arrived.
It's amazing. I love it. The colour is stunning. I'm so pleased with it.
Thanks so much.
Louisa, Upper Hutt, Wellington


After receiving the samples, I was even more confused because all of them were gorgeous. Finally decided on the French Navy with Butterscotch stitching and what an amazing colour! This was my birthday present to myself and it made me really happy.

Fiona was responsive and put a lot of care into making this piece. You can just tell she takes a lot of pride in her work. I wanted something NZ-made and preferrably a smaller business. Chancing upon her website gave me exactly what I was looking for. :)

Looking forward to more purchases. Particularly eyeing the Oxblood Red ;)

Looks Fantastic

The leather diary cover just arrived.
It looks fantastic, I love the colour.

Brian Allen
Classy companion at meetings.

I had been searching for some time for a genuine leather notebook cover that was both classy and rugged - one that would both impress and last a lifetime. I have always enjoyed the physical act of writing and always use the very best pens e.g. Parker Duofold or Mont Blanc. I wanted a notebook cover that would match that level of quality.

Internet searching finally brought me to Fiona's site late last year. I took the plunge and ordered. When my notebook cover arrived 2 weeks later I was extremely pleased to see the quality and attention to detail in a genuinely hand made product. (See photo above). It now goes everywhere with me and attracts a lot of admiring comments.

I was so pleased with Fiona's work that I ordered another in OxBlood Red as a Christmas present for my wife. This was very short notice for Fiona but she got the job done. My wife is just as pleased. These are unique, hand made products that anybody would be proud to own.

Brian Allen

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