Moleskine is a notebook not bound in mole skin, but in oilcloth-covered cardboard on which is printed a leather pattern. An elastic band holds the notebook closed.
This note pad was created last century in France and it became famous after being used by well-known artists and writers, such as Henri Matisse, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh. Although moleskine is a common name, it has been officially registered in 1996 by the Italian company Modo & Modo. The increasing success of this famous notebook apparently makes the company unable to keep up with demand. (January 1, 2008)