We have a lot of Shinola products in our house. Our Christmas last year was pretty much sponsored by Shinola (not really, but it felt like as we all got at least one item from the store). My husband uses a journal for work and asked for a new leather cover. My daughter and I drove all over Detroit comparing the different brands available for durability, softness, and appearance and we both agreed on the Shinola.
My husband loves it. He is ridiculously hard to buy gifts for so I like that I can get him a new notebook (for the inside) every year and it will count as a gift.