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MUCU Notebooks

MUCU Notebooks

Move over, Moleskine. MUCU Notebooks ($12-$20) are made by a small Tokyo-based company using artisan techniques, hand-finished and built using largely untreated materials like newspaper stock, canvas, and tarpaulin. Styles include the Moleskine-like pocket ringbook, the Field Notes-esque blank note in both medium and small sizes, and the unfortunately Mead Five Star-reminiscent squared ringnote.

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