Back-to-school season is upon us, though it’s likely to be happening from home for most people. From the ultimate pencil case to work from home slippers, our Homecoming: Preparing for a Back-to-School at Home hub is a virtual class in new-age school essentials.
Going back to school means a lot of things but funnily enough, this year it probably doesn’t actually mean going back-to-school. Along with realizing that sleeping for eight hours a night was a luxury that you are no longer afforded, returning to education or work means learning to use a pen again. Despite such hardship, there’s something unexplainably joy-inducing about writing on paper. And with a whole Reddit thread dedicated to finding the notebook that Travis Scott uses in Look Mom I Can Fly, it’s clear that everyone loves a good notebook.
Not every pad is born equal, though. A large A4 page is great for planning a whole day’s work and allowing your mind to wander while a smaller page is better suited to bulleted lists and quick notes. Lined pages suit some, but others find they work better when they can doodle over a larger, unrestricted area.
So browse the best notebooks ranging from $3 all the way up to a tear-inducing luxe offer at $580 to find the one that suits you and the way you think. It might just change your school term for the better.
Browse the best notebooks below.
MUJI Plantation Paper Note B5 5 Pieces Set
One of the heroes in the stationery game, MUJI will never let you down with its collection of super cheap work accessories. This pack of five notebooks comes with horizontal lines and a different color to each spine for organization.
Daniel Arsham Soft Touch A5 Notebook
While this Daniel Arsham journal may not be a futuristic relic as made signature by the artist, it does feature Arsham’s sky blue and white color palette. Simple but effective.
Chinatown Market x Smiley UO Exclusive Tie-Dye Notebook
Chinatown Market comes through with this exclusive Urban Outfitters Smiley notebook. Never lose your lined page thanks to a light blue ribbon, and never lose your notebook thanks to a loud tie-dye hardcover.
Moleskine Ruled Hardcover Notebook
When it comes to the best notebooks, Moleskine is a good place to start. The brand — in one form or another — has been producing planners, notebooks, and journals for around two centuries. Legend has it that Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin all used Moleskine notebooks. So if it’s good enough for those guys…
The School of Life Linen-Bound Notebook “Ideas”
The School of Life has made a name for itself by condemning complex ideas into bitesize snippets online. What better proof could you need that they know how to use a notebook properly?
Normann Copenhagen Small Notebook
Winner of Wallpaper*’s Design Award in 2017, Normann Copenhagen stakes its claim to the notebook game with this sustainably made small notebook. Filled with uncoated blank pages, a super-clean terrazzo-style cover distinguishes this piece.
This Gucci notebook takes a classically retro approach to the style. An eye-catching pink cover features etchings of motifs that fit squarely into Alessandro Michele’s dreamscape.
Hender Scheme A5 Ruled Notepad
Cult Japanese label Hender Scheme is probably best known for its luxurious, handmade leather reproductions of popular sneakers. Translating its affinity with leather to the world of back-to-school, Hender Scheme’s A5 notepad is a classy, understated starting point for the term.
Prada takes a minimal tack with this grey-covered paperback notebook that only features the unmistakable Prada font to the front.
Smythson Wafer Notebook
Covered in cross-grain leather, Smythson’s Wafer notebook is exceptionally durable. It’s designed to be folded and bent without losing its shape and fits in your pocket so it’s ideal for notes on the move.
KAWS Notebooks Set of 5
KAWS graces this set of 5 notebooks with his eye-catching multi-colored abstract prints, meaning that you’ll never lose sight of your notes, and also that you’re pretty much guaranteed to have the most coveted notebook in your class — make sure it’s in your Zoom shot.
Montblanc #146 Le Petit Prince Leather Notebook
Taking inspiration from the French children’s story, Montblanc presents this notebook with an intricately embossed leather cover and pages lined and edged with gold.
Maison Margiela Cotton Paper Notebook
Maison Margiela strips things back to absolute basics with this cotton paper notebook. Handmade in France, each piece is likely to be unique. Featuring an embroidered cotton canvas cover, this is, at its core, just a beautiful object.
Thom Browne Large Signature Stripes Notebook
If you had to imagine what a Thom Browne notebook might look like, you’d probably imagine something very similar to this. Full-grain leather covers gilded pages while a tricolor-striped ribbon finds your page.
Louis Vuitton x NIGO Clemence Notebook Damier Ebene Giant
Part of the LV² collection that saw Virgil Abloh team up with Japanese cultural icon Nigo, the Clemence Notebook sees the Italian fashion house’s monogram check play backdrop to a playful design characteristic of Nigo’s work for Human Made.
Bottega Veneta Notebook With Leather Cover
Bottega Veneta’s signature Intrecciato weave forms the border of this leather-bound notebook. Grand thoughts need a grand home, and where better than this lamb-leather, Italian-made journal?
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