Styles and designs can go quickly in and out of fashion, yet leather accessories to me always remain timeless. They have an elegant look about them and whether in its natural state or dyed, leather can add a certain degree of style to a design.

Their style is versatile too, looking as good for a traveller as they do a writer or corporate manager.

Genuine leather also has the advantage that it doesn’t peel or crack. Yet it’s probably one of the only materials that I can think of that a few scratches and scuffs will enhance its look.

In many cases leather looks better with age and its durability means if treated correctly it can last a life time.

Although nylon cases and pouches have now become the norm for travel products and accessories, they just don’t offer the same look as leather.

Handmade Leather Accessories 

In a world where everything seems to be mass produced the range of products that are hand produced is getting smaller. Like most things though, spend enough time searching the internet and you can find the good stuff.

Founded in 2012, Galen Leather is a small business based out of Istanbul whose owners turned their hobby making leather goods into their career. They are one of the few success stories that have been fortunate enough to turn their passion into a flourishing business and it shows in their products.

Designed and handmade in Turkey, their products add a bit luxury and style for frequent travellers like me.

Their range includes leather notebook covers, pen cases, MacBook cases, iPad sleeves, travel accessories and the following two products I am now using:

EDC Wallet

Since receiving my Galen Leather products in the mail, I have been using the EDC (Every Day Carry) wallet to hold a variety of my travel gadgets and trinkets. So much so, I will probably need to pick another one eventually!

The EDC wallet is a minimalist styled zippered wallet that can fit inside your pocket, jacket or backpack. Its size makes it perfect for holding spare cash, credit and travel cards – or business cards for us who work and travel at the same time.

It can fit also fit an A7 size notebook, Kaweco sport or similar size pens, a mini flashlight, multi tools, small headphones and a variety of other accessories.

There is also a pen loop on the outside.

For those who are into EDC gear or are just looking for some handmade leather products that can hold your bits and bobs for travel, the EDC wallet could be what you after.

The colour of my EDC Wallet is crazy horse tan, which is described by Galen as:

Distressed tan-brown colour showing under-tones
of brown, caramel and walnut. Ages and softens quicker compared to regular leather. Suede feeling finish.

Dimensions EDC Wallet:

  • 11.5 x 9 x 2 cm (4.52 x 3.54 x 0.78 inches) when closed.
  • 11.5 x 15.5 cm (4.52 x 6.10 inches) when opened.

A5 Notebook Cover

Over the years I have tried various programs and apps on my laptop, tablets and smartphone for taking notes. And while some of these electronic methods of been half successful, the one method that always works for me is good old fashion note taking.

Some say the old ways are the best ways. And when it comes to note taking give me an old fashion pen and a bit of paper (plus no online distractions) any day!

Whether you keep a travel journal, blog or are slimily jotting down creative ideas before they disappear, a paper notebook gets the job done.

Yet the one issue I have with notebooks is they do get bashed about in my bag. It’s not uncommon for me to rip the front the front cover plus and a few pages off a notebook.

Hand made in a heavy-duty leather that looks like it would last forever, my new notebook cover not only protects my notes – but it does it in style!

It has 3 main internal pockets; one phone pocket and two card holders.

On the left side you can put a field sized notes notebook, passport or mobile phone. Under the pockets on both sides there are sleeves that can store and iPad sized device. An elastic band holds the main A5 sized notebook in place inside on the right side and wraps around the left side of the cover to keep the case securely closed.

It’s the first time I owned a notebook cover as extravagant as this and even though I’ve only been using it for only a couple weeks now, I’ve already had comments on the design and quality workmanship from others.

The colour of my A5 notebook holder is crazy horse brown.

Dimensions A5 Notebook Holder:

  • 17 x 23 cm (6.7 x 9.1 inches). The notebook holder also comes come in s A6, B5 and A4-A4+ sizes.

Possible Future Purchases

Once you find a manufacturer who can produce high quality leather travel products that suit your EDC and travel needs, there’s always going to be something extra you want to add.

Although I already have a great wallet, I’ve been eying up the no.40 handmade leather slim card wallet for a possible future accessory.

For the products I am using now stay tuned to the blog for further updates on how they hold up to the rigors of regular travel and EDC. I will post more pictures once they have started to wear in more.

If you want more information about Galen products you can also check out their website or follow them on Instagram @galenleather

They currently ship their products worldwide and have 10% off if you subscribe to their mailing list.

1 Comment

  • Lara
    Posted August 25, 2020

    Great review! I seriously thought about buying such a pen. I was also interested in leather goods at They have great handicrafts and I also saw some great notebooks at rustico. Who bought food in these stores – I look forward to your feedback!

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