Knomo kilkenny cross-body bag review

My weekday travels are usually very hectic and time consuming. This promoted me to investigate my options in sourcing a high quality bag which was light, of a high quality and able to organize my daily essential gadgets. I stumbled upon the Knomo kilkenny by a chance visit to House of Fraser on Oxford Street, London. Although a tad pricey for an 11” man-bag, at Β£165, it ticked all my boxes. Made of luxurious high quality leather with ample storage space in a compact design, I was immediately sold.

On my daily commute, I carry my iPad, iPad mini, Kindle Paperwhite, PS Vita, Moleskine notebook, a selection of pens and styli, wallet and iPhone 5. This bag comfortably holds them all, without the squashed feeling I got from other bags.

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Moleskine notebooks: Fashion trend or vital productivity?

I am always seeking out new ways to increase my productivity. Recently, in fall 2012, I stumbled across Moleskine notebooks, and have begun to hold them in high regard, in terms of both style and quality. Although I have noticed very favourable reviews for Moleskine notebooks, I have also seen a fair amount of criticism, mostly in reference to their high price. So, are Moleksines worth their money, or are they simply a fashion fad?

Quality
The first Moleskine I purchased was a black coloured lined hardback, measuring 13×21 cm (large). The signature of each Moleskine is the distinguishable elastic strap, which holds the notebook closed.
I was impressed with the overall quality, and small finishing touches. Paper is thick and durable, there is sleeve at the back of the notebook (to hold loose bits of paper) and a bookmark tag. All-in-all, the quality of these notebooks is reflected in their simplicity.

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Bamboo sticks and Moleskines

Being a Moleskine addict, it was natural that I would soon venture into their stationary market. With pens, pencils, erasers and even sharpeners, Moleskine have come a long way from their notebook origins.

I was pretty excited about this pen, and as aesthetically pleasing as it is, I expected more. The current retail price is Β£12.99, with Amazon conveniently offering them for just over Β£10 (at time of writing).

The pen clips onto my Moleskine notebook, and was definitely designed with the notebook(s) in mind. The writing is smooth and the square-shaped body did not bother me. What did disappoint was the overall finish.

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Although not very expensive, there are better pens on the market for much less. However, the selling point remains with the fact that this is a ‘Moleskine’ branded pen, and clips onto your notebook with ease and convenience.

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