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Epica specializes in the finest Italian distressed leather journals, photo albums and specialty books. Some people are not familiar with what distressed leather 'should' look like so we've some information here.

You'll notice many of our product descriptions include the line, "signature distressed solid leather construction, subtle inconsistent color marbling and scarring with handcrafted abrasions."

They are never scratches or actual damage to the book done by human hands. Rather it is just a natural characteristic of leather that has not been combed over and intended to look flawless.

We're going for perfection in its natural state, while emphasizing beauty in the differences and uniqueness of our craft. All of these abrasions or scarring from the hide make each piece unique. And while you may receive an item that has little or none of the above markings, it's important to know that it is a natural part of our Italian journal making process.

We hope this helps in some small way.


All Epica papers are, and have always been, acid-free and of archival quality.  Five grades of paper line the pages of Epica Journals:

Handmade Pages from the Amalfi Coast

Pure over-the-top elegance. Sometimes of course, too much is just enough. That is why the more discriminating customer may choose to have their journal amply filled with handmade paper from the Amalfi Coast. It is our most premium paper, with a texture that feels like fabric to the touch. Amalfi paper is made piece by piece by one of two paper mills remaining on the Amalfi Coast, near Naples. The sides of the pages have a torn look, and there every few pages you will find a watermark. We go even further with hand-stitched binding in our wrap journals.  All have ivory cololed pages. Amalfi paper makes every turn of the page something to be eagerly anticipated. Available sizes: 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, and 11x15.

Signature hand-cut pages with deckled edges

Hand-cut paper is an Epica exclusive design in a rich cream or ivory color, manufactured by one of the oldest paper mills of earth: Mogdiliani, Fabriano or Fedrigoni. It does not carry the lofty price of handmade Amalfi paper but still has that gorgeous uneven deckled edge that so many books used to have. Epica hand-cut pages are either 95 or 115gsm in weight and then cut to create deckled edges for an old-world look. It is almost like a very thin construction paper, but it is softer, smoother, creamier, and is our personal favorite to write on. Available sizes: 6x8, 8x10, 8x10, 11x15, and the World’s Second Largest 15x22 & World’s Largest 20x28.

Unlined and smooth pages

Our unlined writing journals boast classic laid, lightweight cream colored pages, with 28lb weight. The laid stock provides tiny horizontal lines to smoothly guide your hand as you write. Available sizes: 5x7, 6x9, 7x10, 8x10 and 9x12.

Lined and smooth pages

Epica’s lined writing journals are made with thin, cream colored pages, suitable for all pen types. With lightweight 22lb, college ruled paper with brown lines, these rich cream colored pages offer a smooth and delicate writing surface. Available sizes: 6x9 and 9x12.


It doesn’t get much more rustic than this - thick hand-beveled Italian reclaimed wood boards quarter-bound in distressed Italian leather. These rugged hand stained boards are all unique – they are literally milled out of wood reclaimed from the Italian countryside, which explains the weathered look. Have yours made truly custom by adding a laser-cut Monogram, Inscription or Logo!