Moleskine is a notebook. Despite its name, the cover is not made of mole skin, but of oilcloth-covered cardboard on which a leather pattern has been printed. The name is French and means imitation leather. An elastic band holds the notebook closed.
This note pad was first 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 notebook apparently makes the company unable to keep up with demand.