Leather or Faux Leather- How to Choose the Best Custom Portfolios

Custom journals and padfolios have become part of the professional identity and elegance of clients and employees these days. Apart from the stunning styles and external appearance, a bit of thought also goes into the material choices while choosing custom portfolios.

Brown leather notebookThis quick guide will help you make a well informed decision while choosing the best padfolios for your recipients.


Did you know that the St Cuthbert Gospel, is the oldest surviving Western leather-bound book?

Leather has been used since eons  for making book covers and other items. Water repellent, sturdy and elegant, leather is well suited for long-lasting embellishments including embossing, debossing, and other forms of tooling.

Leather is expensive but it enjoys a tremendous impact as well. Soon other leather look-alike fabrics hit the market to offer lot more budget friendly options.

Real Leather, Synthetic Leather, and Everything in Between

If you are looking for a luxurious  journal for your high value clients or long term employees, nothing can beat the charm of the real leather journal. However, if you have an audience that is leather-averse or your budget is limited or fancy full color logo imprints, a faux leather journal might make a great choice.

Cutter And Buck® Leather Writing Pads

Bonded Leather

A  combo of real and artificial leather, bonded leather exudes the look and feel of the original leather – but at a lower cost. Eclipse Bonded Leather Portfolio is a great choice to consider. It includes a 30-page writing pad, an inside pocket, pen loop, and an ID holder and are perfect for students and employees!

Eclipse Bonded Leather Portfolios

Leatherette or Faux Leather Journals

Popularly known as leatherette, ultrahyde, or faux leather, these journals will leave a  real leather impact at easy rates. These make great handouts for vegans and animal lovers. Designed for everyday use and journaling, these logo items  have a wide fan base

5x7 Inch Leatherette Journal Notebooks

Conclave Refillable Leatherette Journal Notebooks: The smooth leatherette finish in bright colors plus refillable 80-sheet paper pad. 80 GSM Ivory ruled paper with date field, elastic ribbon closure and ribbon bookmark will round off the profile of these journals. Perfect!

Conclave Refillable Leatherette Journal Notebooks

Now that the finer nuances of the different types of materials are well explained, you can easily choose a model that will impress your clients and employees. Whether it is the classic  leather or the trendy animal-free leatherette, your logo imprinted on these high utility journals will remain in plain sight of your audience  and inspire them to think of you month over month, all round the year, as they take notes or  make schedules.

Make sure to explore our full collection of customizable notebooks and padfolios to choose the best from a wide range of material, price points and features. Happy shopping!