Moleskine are known for the legendary notebook, it was the writer Bruce Chatwin’s favourite, and it was he who called it ‘moleskine.’ In the mid-1980s, these notebooks became increasingly scarce, and then vanished entirely. In his book The Songlines, Chatwin tells the story of the little black notebook. In 1986, the manufacturer, a small family-owned company in the French city of Tours, went out of business. Chatwin set about buying up all the notebooks that he could find before his departure for Australia, but there were still not enough.
In 1997, a small Milanese publisher brought the legendary notebook back to life, and selected this name with a literary pedigree to revive an extraordinary tradition. Following in Chatwin's footsteps, Moleskine notebooks have resumed their travels, providing an indispensable complement to the new and portable technology of today. Capturing reality in movement, glimpsing and recording details, inscribing the unique nature of experience on paper: a Moleskine notebook is a battery that stores ideas and feelings, releasing its energy over time.
Today, the Moleskine brand is synonymous with culture, travel, memory, imagination, and personal identity- Moleskine notebooks are partners for the creative and imaginative professions of our time.