Here is an IPO you didn't expect: Moleskine

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  1. Some of the more mid to high end chains in the UK are featuring them at checkout. Waterstones, the largest bookshop chain and large news agent chain WHSmith. Which is on every high street, train station, etc.

  2. As you’ve noted, they’re working with Evernote now, so they should be valued as a tech company, right?

    Agreed with previous commenters – Moleskine puts out a good product and they’ve done a fantastic job with marketing and distribution. I won’t be buying their shares any time soon, but hats off nonetheless.

  3. The irony here is that Mokeskine notebooks are far from the best thing out there. As someone who writes and draws a great deal just about every day, I can tell you that as far as the quality of paper goes (and the quality of the writing experience goes with it), there are quite a few better choices out there. And Field Notes is not one of them.

    The Traveler’s notebook, as one example, has incredible paper that takes to pen, pencil, charcoal, or whatever you want to throw at it. Clairfontaine paper (in products from firms like Rhodia) is a touch behind the Japanese paper in the Traveler’s, but is excellent. Stillman & Birn make some definitely excellent notebooks as well. And so on.

    What this proves is that being popular beats everything else – it’s yet another VHS vs Betamax, and I guess that will never end. But I do enjoy feeling smug about knowing what the really good products actually are in this category.

    1. glad somebody said it 🙂 I love Rhodia myself. And I think Moleskine are overpriced for someone who uses a notebook every day… the sizing (not to mention the price-size relation) could use more research too, in my opinion.

  4. Rhodia does indeed make a great notebook but Field Notes and Moleskins are also fantastic products – but more to the point they are both great businesses with Moleskin in particular doing a fantastic job of getting distribution widely (and clearly backing up that distribution with sales such that retail partners reorder and keep Moleskins in stock.

    A lesson I hope many other businesses take from this success is that there are many ways to compete other than just on price. Moleskins don’t go for the mass market, deepest discount prices. Rather they have always aimed to have a fair price and a better than average quality. Not the most expensive (or perhaps highest possible quality) but very good design and pricing such that everyone involved in the entire retail channel gets a piece and the individual customer not only buys once but frequently buys repeatedly (i.e. the prices aren’t so high as to be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase – they are low enough that for active users of notebooks you can (and frequently do) buy more than one Moleskin.

    I don’t use paper as much as I once did – and yes, I’m one of those “cool kids” with a Field Notes subscription – but even so in the past year I’ve bought more than a couple Moleskins as presents.

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