Leather Zippered Rhodia A5 Notebook & iPad Mini Folio - Undyed Leather

$119.00 USD

100% Handmade in Turkey


Handmade Leather Zippered Rhodia A5 Notebook and iPad Mini Folio


Undyed Leather - Not covered Un-dyed leather means, nude leather, with nothing covered up - so they will have some natural range marks, scars, and other blemishes. In other words, they are not processed to make them appear perfect, like something you would get in a department store. When you get your brand new un-dyed vegetable-tanned leather good, it looks a natural color. The hide is effectively naked and so will age and darken with the sun just like your own skin. Aging will develop a rich color and patina. Sun exposure, daily handling, water, and conditioning give natural vegetable tanned leather a rustic look over time.  Read more about vegetable-tanned leather.


 7.3 x 9.2 inches (18.5 x 23.5 cm)


  • 100% vegetable tanned cow leather
  • YKK zipper 
  • Velvet lined interior


Save yourself the hassle of digging around your bag by keeping your valuables safe and secure in one place. Our Handmade Zippered Leather Rhodia A5 Folio and iPad Mini Cover is the perfect way to store your everyday essentials for work, study or personal use. It has 4 credit card holders and a long pocket that keep your passport or your iPhone 6 / 7 / 8 . Under left side there is sleeve for storing your iPad device. This beautiful folio has removeble 4 slots pen holder ,extra 2 pen slots and a slot for charger , earphones or cable. And a removable keychain in the middle of the cover.

Compatible with:

  • Rhodia Rhodiarama - Webbie A5 Notebooks (hard or soft covers) - Rhodia Heritage - N°16 Staplebound Pad or any notebook up to an A5 size
  • Mobile phone - fits up to iPhone 6 / iPhone 7 /iPhone 8
  • iPad Mini / iPad Mini Retina / iPad Mini / iPad Mini 4 
  • Horizontal and vertical notebooks

Can also store other accessories (as pictured):

  • Pencils & pens
  • Passport
  • Credit Cards
  • Small notebook (like a Field Notes notebook)
  • Keys
  • Charger or cable

*Devices and accessories are not included


Reviews On Blogs

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Customer Reviews

Based on 733 reviews
My favourite journal cover

I received my cover a month ago and I have been using it every day since. I had a Nanami Seven Seas writer ready to use in it, but in future I will be using up my stash of Leuchtturm 1917's, and they are about the same size give or take. I have two pens easily and safely stored in the static pen loops, some stickers and paper/stationery stowed in the back and pockets, but I do not use it with the four pen removable pen holder as it pulls the zipper to the max when it is inside. They do fit, but only just and the tension on the zipper makes me nervous. The pens, even though I stored them with their clips to the side, dented my notebook and warped the cover a little. It's easily remedied, I just don't keep the pen holder in the cover. It's a pity, because it's a lovely idea to have all in one place, but two pens is adequate if I'm leaving the house, so it doesn't particularly bother me. I might switch to the flexible cover Leuchtturm's after my hardback ones are used up and that will allow me to use the pen holder again as they are slimmer. A few more millimeters room in the spine would honestly solve everything though! Otherwise, the cover is sturdy, beautiful, full of character and the layout is perfect for me. I will enjoy this for many years to come.

Happy, but not...

I went with the crazy horse leather cover, due to the great looks. And I wasn't disappointed. Its a lovely leather, soft to the touch and a great colour. I also chose to have my initials on it. And they have come out a treat!! I also chose to purchase the suggested Tomoe River 400 page notebook! Again very pleased, but...

One thing I will advise, as I found it very disappointing after spending so much money on it - the leather does mark incredibly easily, a lot more easily than normal leather, I know that leather marks, I have a lot of leather products, and usually like the patina it develops, but this cover got 2 gouges on it just by putting it in my padded rucksack - in its own section/pocket, so it had nothing to rub up against in the pocket, but something in another section of the rucksack must have caused the gouges - I still don't know what, as I only have some papers and a couple of Maxpedition pouches in my bag(in the other pockets)

I have since switched from a rucksack to a leather messenger bag that has a padded canvas liner, and even the canvas is leaving marks on the leather. The pictures aren't great but you can see on the front cover (bottom left - scratch lines) and more faint on the rear cover.
I just wish that this was advised in the description, as I would have chosen a different leather. I guess in time these main gouges may be less visible, when it gets more and more marks on it. Seeing how easily this leather is marking, I can see it wont be long before the rest of the cover is completely marked up. So I will see how this holds up over time, and adjust my review accordingly (if needed)

One other thing I have noticed is that by the time I have the Tomoe River notepad in it, the cover is sufficiently full. And then after putting pens in the supplied pen sleeve, the case is bulging at the sides and becomes a squeeze, and they aren't exactly large pens either... This is then putting strain on the stitches as seen in the picture.

In terms of the construction, it seems very good, stitches look great, and everything internally fits together well. It has a good heavy duty zipper, I guess time will tell how it holds up to daily use, and again, the review will be adjusted as needed.

Delivery was very quick considering they say each is made to order and have a 2-3 week lead time, mine was posted out within a week - which I was pleasantly surprised with.

Overall, its a good cover, but at £122 for the cover & notebook, I'm definitely not happy that its getting damaged so quickly and so easily by just canvas material.... I work in care, pay isn't the greatest, but as part of an anniversary present we wanted to go all out. And a purchase like this a massive treat. So yes, seeing it getting damaged so easily and soon after purchase is saddening.

Communication before delivery was very good. I hadn't got in touch about the damages after, as assumed this would not be covered by any warranty, but put down to 'wear and tear' even though it happened the first time is got put in a bag... Lesson learned anyway...

PS - glad I saved a copy to my email drafts, as when I refreshed the browser later (as suggested) to see if my review had been published, it had all vanished?!

Hi Adam, Thanks for your very detailed feedback. Actually, our products designed for compact use. And pens vary in size and shape.

We can suggest, to keep only one portable inkwell (right two loops), due to thickness and those loops are closed to binding applying a pressure to this area. The leather will stretch out in time and the zipper is sturdy enough to accommodate your setup.

We can make this folio 2-3 mm wider but we have a barrier, YKK has standard size zippers so we can't make them wider. (the bigger zip option is for the luggages)

About scratches , crazy horse leather has wax on the surface and scratching very easily when it is brand new. So those are expected and normal for this type of leather, CH leather aging very well in time and use compared to plain leather..Rubbing with your fingers or applying some balm oil will treat and scratches will come out. Yunus

Just beautiful... and practical!

I bought the zip notebook folio to keep all my sketching and journaling kit in one safe place and so it could be easily taken everywhere with me. It fits in my sketchbook, pens, brushes and watercolour palette and a pocket size moleskine cahier notebook for writing in. It is perfect for my intended use and is a work of art in itself! I look forward to using it for many years to come.

What did I do before I had my A5 folio?

I can not be more positive about my Galen Crazy horse Brown A5 folio. From the speed of arriving at my place to the beautiful way it was packed to the amazing folio, it has all far outstripped my expectations. I would gladly give ten stars!
The folio hasn't left my side since I received it. I had mine personalised with my initial too.
So happy!


This folio is beautiful! Heavy duty stitches and the zipper is first rate. The leather looks (and smells) wonderful. I was amazed at how quickly my order arrived. I use it to carry all of my fountain pens. I can’t say enough good things about this company and their products.

A5 folio crazy horse forest green

Third in the growing collection of crazy hose forest green. This is the perfect drawing board to toss in my bag. Holds notebooks pens pencils triangle small rule and cards. Heavy duty zipper and and heavy leather are a pleasure. Thanks for such a great product.

Excellent Folio

When I received my notebook I was extremely pleased with the quality and design. Everything about it was first rate and shows the love and care of the Galen Leather company. The shipping only took a couple of weeks to come from Turkey to Australia. A week later I ordered another notebook in a larger size. It also arrived quickly and the quality was excellent again. This is an amazing company to deal with. They even throw in a couple of little presents, but I won’t give any hint away. You will just have to order a product yourself.

Great folio

Very well thought design. The quality of the leather and stitching are outstanding. Detailed are well taken care of. However a little bit pricey, especially because I had to pay import taxes.

The only Folio you will ever need!

I have gone thru so many folios and was never happy, until now. The craftsmanship and quality is superb and the Crazy Horse Smoky colour is unique and stylish. Has lots of pockets and little storage places. Arrived incredibly fast, couldn’t believe that it was on my doorstep a little over a week after I made the purchase. Along with the folio, I also ordered Galen’s Traveler’s Company notebook wallet, again in Crazy Horse Smoky. You can tell that these products are made to last, which is very rare this day and age. I will definitely be a returning customer!

The best leather folio ever

I did a lot of research about what might make a good travel set up for me to carry a fair amount of art supplies plus a sketchbook and landed on this crazy horse leather folio from Galen and based on the other reviews decided to take a chance - it is amazing! All the pictures and descriptions are 100% accurate. I have literally carried this everywhere since it arrived, even when I move to different work spaces within my house I carry my most essential art supplies. Recently took it on a trip to chicago and it was perfect for plein air art on the go. Looking forward to hopefully purchasing more stuff from this company. I’ve included pictures of the front and back below, this is with it basically stuffed to capacity. And I’ll include a video of opening it as well with everything I currently have inside.

Most of the items are handmade to order and usually take a minimum of 1 week to dispatch. Out of stock items mean, not in the production cycle and generally re-stocking in 2-3 weeks. You can subscribe to the in-stock notification on the product page. Good things take time. We appreciate your patience!


  • We ship worldwide. All items are sent via our shipping partners UPS/Fedex. Your items may need to be signed for upon receipt.

  • Due to security reasons, we cannot ship to PO boxes.

  • Some items are ready for shipment in our workshop, located in Istanbul. In stock items dispatch within 6-7 working days after payment has cleared using our shipping partners, UPS & FedEx. If the item is not in stock, then we will need to make your order.

  • Deliveries to USA addresses will take 3-4 days. For the UK and Europe, 2-3 days. To Australia, 6-7 days. For the rest of the world, expect a maximum of 7 working days.

  • Buyers are responsible for customs duties. There are no additional taxes for goods being delivered to the USA. Most countries, except the USA, are subject to VAT (value added tax) and customs duties. These are the responsibility of the recipient. Since rates vary by country and by what was ordered.
  • Shipping fees are automatically calculated during the checkout process. See your checkout for shipping options. As an example, a small journal's shipping fee starts at US$9.80.
  • HS Tariff Code for Leather Goods 420221 (You can check your country import regulations with this code)

Returns - Cancellations

  • Items (except personalized items) can be returned for a full refund within 7 days of receipt. Buyer is responsible for the Shipping costs. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have before placing an order.
  • Due to all items are made to order, after receiving your order, we immideatly start to make your items. We don't accept cancellations/changes after orders placed.

Embossed Monogram

  • Products suitable for personalization, are shown on the product pages.It is and additional option.
  • Currently, we can't customize the wooden items.
  • If you want a monogram option on your item please select it from choose box at the right side of the page.
  • The Monogram default position will be on the front right bottom corner. Up to 3 characters. 
  • Up to 3 characters you can personalize your item with ; A....Z Capital letters    0....9 numbers    . , & ! # - _ @ / : * punctuation.
  • Font and height, the default for this listing is Times New Roman, 1 cm high, same as the lead picture.


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