Wednesday, January 4, 2012
One of the nicest pen sleeves I've seen is this Carezza ("caress" in Italian) soft pen sleeve for three pens offered by Levenger. It's beautifully soft leather in either black or eggplant, and has an equally soft suede beige lining. Above from left to right are the Golden Tortoise and Kyoto True Writer fountain pens, along with a new pen from my brother that I'll be writing about soon.
I love soft pen sleeves and cases, for me the seem easier to handle although the leather seems to be more easily scratched and so wears faster. But I've had hard leather cases get scratched, and the mark seems to be scored into the leather it's so deep. So it's always difficult to decide which to go with, but the trio (there's another for two pens) is just the right number of pens for me and the deep purple eggplant color is beautiful.
The stitching in a contrasting lighter color gives a nice design element to the trio, while the suede lining gives a touch of padding that will keep the pens safe in case of jostling or being dropped a short distance.
We'll see how the trio holds up in my handbag, but so far the past three weeks haven't taken a toll on the leather. It's both beautiful and practical, a lovely melding of the two aesthetics.